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2,230 meters a.s.l.
1,020 km. from Lima.
180 km. from Colca Valle. 400 km. from Tacna.
619,156 inhabitants (city).

GETTING THERE

A branch the South Pan-American road leads up from the coast to Arequipa connecting it with Lima and Tacna. There are 1,020 krn (632 miles) between Arequipa and Lima and 400 km (248 miles) between Arequipa and Tacna.

By air, there are daily 1 -hour flights from Lima to Arequipa, 30-minute flights from Cusco, and 20-minute flights from Tacna or Juliaca.
The trip from Puno to Arequipa by the South Railroad takes 10 hours, leaving on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Arequipa is the capital of the Province, Department and Region of the same name. It is located at Z230 meters (7,314 feet) a.s.l. it is the second largest city of Peru. One of Its main attractions is the fact that Arequipa has probably the nicest weather of Peru with an average of 300 sunny days a year. The city keeps its ancient architectural treasures, but also shows a modern side with many luxurious hotels and casinos. Arequipa gives tourists the opportunity to spend a pleasant time in the city and its outskirts. It is also the departing point for wider circuits.

Once in the city, the Plaza de Armas, the 'La Compa˝ia de Jesus' church, which has cloisters with ashlar (volcanic white stone or 'sillar") arcades, and the renowned Santa Catalina Convent should not be missed. On the outskirts of: the city some districts stand out because of their beauty, like Cayma, which temple was built in 1730, or Yanahuara, which belvedere offers a great view of the city surrounded by volcanoes, such as Cachani, 1,076 meters (3,529 feet) a.s.l.
Also important are the Yura Chapel, the San Lazaro quarter the SabandÝa Mill and the A˝azhuayco quarries, from where the ashlar ('sillar') is extracted. Arequipa is known as 'La Ciudad Blanca" (White City) because of the color of its ashlar buildings.

THE COLCA VALLEY

To the north of Arequipa is the higher course of the Colca river valley which deep canyon is renowned among rafters. The section previous to the canyon consists of an encased valley that runs from east to west, beginning in the cold puna and running down to warmer regions, showing its great scenic beauty and cultural attractiveness.

 

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