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The Plaza de Armas in Arequipa. (Photo: Nathan Paluck)

The frugal traveler writer Seth Kugel of the New York Times stopped by Arequipa, Peru during his trip from Sao Paulo to New York City. He ate side by side locals at a traditional picantería, visited the Santa Catalina Monastery, and was slightly grossed out by lamb head soup in the market. Read an excerpt here. Right now he’s in the Amazonas state, ready to explore northern Peru.

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The author’s daughter, right, with a girl in Colca Canyon, Arequipa, Peru.
Misti looms in the distance. (All photos by Andrea Arce and Francisco Graña.) click to enlarge

By Andrea Arce

For trips in Peru, I highly recommend a visit to Colca Canyon in Arequipa. Last weekend my husband, our daughters (two girls, ages 12 and four) and I went to Arequipa, a one-hour flight from Lima with LAN. When we arrived in Arequipa, ground transportation was provided from our hotel, La casa de mi Abuela.

We had a light dinner (do not eat too much because of the altitude disease, soroche!). On Saturday morning my husband drove in a rented FJ Cruiser to Colca Canyon, three hours from the city of Arequipa. 

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By Milagros Vera Colens, El Comercio
Adapted from Spanish by Diana Schwalb

Touring the historic center of Arequipa, Peru, you will have a religious experience. A peaceful route full of history, stunning architecture and strange miracles.

Churches of volcanic rock in Arequipa, Peru: Travel the religious route.Renowned for its stunning blue sky, its towering volcanoes and lush vegetation in the valley, the White City encourages Peruvians and foreigners alike to come and see two ancient cloisters that now function as museums.

The itinerary may take from three hours to an entire day: it all depends on your interest and available time. The trip involves two convents that will take you to the past and provide you with a perspective of the beliefs of Peruvian societies of past ages.

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By Marisol Grau, El Comercio
Adapted from Spanish by Diana Schwalb

Discover Arequipa, Peru: The fog forests of AntiquaAtiquipa is a town so small that it hides in the hills of the coast of Arequipa. Only a large welcome sign at kilometer 600 of the Panamericana Sur serves as a confirmation for travelers that they are on the right track and if they take the detour in the direction opposite to the sea, they will find the town.

In the town itself, there is not much to see and the main attractions of the district are scattered around it. Secluded beaches, archeology and nature are the favorite options for those looking to satisfy their explorer soul.

Coming from Lima, we suggest you visit first some pre-Hispanic towns.

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By Rodney L Dodig
Arequipa: The White City in Peru
Arequipa, the White City, is another of the many must see places when visiting Peru. The city is surrounded by majestic volcanoes, fertile fields and minor canyons. On arriving in Arequipa you are struck by the dichotomy of a historical city center surrounded by a modern growing district capital. It is said by many that the old city is reminiscent of Seville in Spain and I must agree.

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By Álvaro Rocha Revilla

Caravelí, Lima, PeruAt 12 hours from the Peruvian capital Lima, Caravelí, in the Arequipan province of the same name, was lucky to survive and keep – thanks to its relative isolation – its splendid bodegas of wines and piscos. Other towns in the south weren’t so lucky and were pillaged and burnt to the ground by Chilean troops in the War of the Pacific. This year the town presented itself in the national pisco contest that took place in Lima and took first place for its exemplary pisco of black creole grape, called El Comendador.

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By Diana McAdam

00The convent of Santa Catalina, in Arequipa, Peru
The convent of Santa Catalina, in Arequipa, is still home to 24 nuns
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In Arequipa, Peru’s second city, a convent is now a tourist attraction. Diana McAdam discovers why.

For nearly four centuries, the citizens of Arequipa believed that the streets of the Convent of Santa Catalina were paved with gold. While none had ever seen inside the high white walls of this city within their city, they had all heard stories of the priceless treasures and huge dowries paid by the wealthy families of the young women who joined the order at the age of 12.

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Cotahuasi canyon, Arequipa, Peru

Between the Pacific Ocean and the first foothills of the Andes, an immense and secretive desert hides a marvelous valley. These are arid lands, covered with cactus capable of resisting the desert’s droughts. We enter the valley by way of the Majes river that runs from north to south between the mountain ranges of Arequipa’s desert. Later we will climb to nearly 5000 m.(a.s.l.) as we head toward the Cotahuasi canyon.

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By Vanessa Corlazzoli

Cultural Festivals of Arequipa, Peru            Arequipa is becoming the primary cultural capital city of the south.  The events that took place during the week of September 10th to16th are proof that the “white city” is capable of organizing and hosting world-class cultural events.

During September 10th to 16th, close to 20,000 national and international visitors came to Arequipa, primarily to participate in the 28th Mining Convention. But for the Arequipeños and for the executives that were able to escape from their networking dinners and panel discussions, there were at least three cultural events that were worth attending.