Walking Tour Arequipa Including Santa Catalina Monastery

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    8am and 2pm
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up from all hoteles that are in the Arequipa centre area - downtown
  • Return Details :
    Concludes new the Plaza de Armas
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Join this 2.5-hour walking tour of the beautiful city of Arequipa with the company of your professional guide.

Highlights

  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city

Know More about this tour

Arequipa is located in the southwestern part of the country and is the second biggest city of Peru, with a population of almost one million. It is also the capital of the department of Arequipa, 663.8 miles (1,068km) from Lima. The city sits at an altitude of 2,325 meters above sea level in a mountainous desert in the western Andes, at the foot of El misti Volcano.

El misti is currently inactive, but had strong eruptions between the years 1438 and 1471. It is located between two small volcanoes, Chachani “The Bottom” and Picchu Picchu “The Top”. Both names come from the Quechua language from the Inca Empire. Arequipa has more than 80 volcanoes, most of which can be found in the Valley of the Volcanoes. Unfortunately the city was built on a very earthquake prone area and was completely destroyed by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions during the 1600’s.

Its colonial buildings were erected in ashlar (pearl coloured volcanic rock) which was used with abundance throughout the city, giving it the nickname of ‘The White City’. The historic center was named a World Heritage site by UNESCO in December 2000 due to its architecture and historical integrity. “The historic center of Arequipa is an example of ornamental architecture, representing a masterpiece of the European creative coalition and native characteristics.”
Generally considered the second most beautiful city in Peru after Cusco, Arequipa has attractions for all kinds of tourists, many of whom come to visit the Colca Canyon, the high volcanoes or just to walk around the colonial city.

The White City of Arequipa has become the center of economic growth in the south and is one of the most important milk producers in the country. This has allowed Arequipa to develop and grow in population and change over the years. In the mid-twentieth century there was an influx of immigration from the highlands and mountain areas, and now Arequipa’s population is a mixture of Spanish, indigenous and mixed.

The places you will visit during this tour are the oldest neighborhood of Arequipa, the first church built, classic Arequipa streets. You will also play with lamas and alpacas, you will have time for optional shopping and enjoy free potato samples with typical sauces.

Inclusions

2.5-hour walking tour

English professional tour guide during the tour

Hotel pickup walking

Entrance fee (ticket for santa Catalina Monastery)

English tour guide (in the Monastery)

Entry/Admission - Monasterio de Santa Catalina

Exclusions

Food and drinks

Gratuities

Transport (it is walking tour not by car)

Entry/Admission - Historic Centre of Arequipa

Entry/Admission - Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

Sun protect

Don't wearing short clothes

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Regular temperature checks for staff

Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Traveler Reviews

  • 03-Sep-2019

    Our friend and guide Katia gave our CU students at San Pablo University an extensive walking tour. i needed to tell Katia repeatedly that the student needed to be home by 6 pm.

  • 13-Sep-2016

    This tour to begin with was a 100 FREE tour, which was even offered to us by our Hotel.
    The guide took us to the meeting point where she had her very large sign saying FREE and was touting for more business before we left.
    In her introduction she advised was FREE and if wanted to tip then that was up to us.
    As for the tour itself an awful lot of walking, not recommended for anyone older or not fit, the information itself was quite limited, the finale to the tour was a long walk up a steep hill to a view point that was pretty poor to say the least.
    Best marks 3 out of 10..sorry
    We will of course be taking this up directly with Viator, it may not be their fault, we may have simply been palmed off between tour reps but still a pretty poor tour.

  • 13-Sep-2016

    This tour to begin with was a 100 FREE tour, which was even offered to us by our Hotel.
    The guide took us to the meeting point where she had her very large sign saying FREE and was touting for more business before we left.
    In her introduction she advised was FREE and if wanted to tip then that was up to us.
    As for the tour itself an awful lot of walking, not recommended for anyone older or not fit, the information itself was quite limited, the finale to the tour was a long walk up a steep hill to a view point that was pretty poor to say the least.
    Best marks 3 out of 10..sorry
    We will of course be taking this up directly with Viator, it may not be their fault, we may have simply been palmed off between tour reps but still a pretty poor tour.