Tourists flocking to Arequipa to increase in 2015


Peru’s White City will be bustling with more foreign visitors this year, a whopping 10% more reports Andina news agency

As Arequipa’s social agenda includes serving as the host for multiple international events including the Perumin Mining convention (September), the XIII World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities (November) and the First International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts World Congress (October), among others, it’s going to be quite the tourist attraction.

The Head of the Arequipa Foreign Trade and Tourism Office, Alfredo Venero, affirmed that the 10% increase is in fact due to the increase in cultural, entrepreneurial and political activity in the city.

He expects that the events’ visitors will bring family and friends from around the world to take part in the cultural experience and get to know the city’ according to Andina.

In 2014, 250,000 foreign tourists and one million Peruvian tourists visited Arequipa.

Arequipa is a proud city. They even have their own passport stamp, giving the allusion that tourists are visiting a foreign country. The city offers beautiful views of the Misti volcano, tours through historic Santa Catalina Monastery and a regional cuisine heavy in beef and rocoto peppers. It is known as the White City’ for all the white volcanic stone architecture.
The growth is expected due to increased cultural and academic activity in the city.



Hillary Ojeda

Hillary moved to Peru in August of 2014 to learn Spanish, live with her family, and pursue writing. Born and raised in Bakersfield, Ca, Hillary earned her B.A. in Anthropology at University of California, Berkeley. Since moving to Peru she drinks fermented potato and coca concoctions daily and is enjoying learning about the abundant and natural andean foods of the country. Hillary hopes one day to become an investigative journalist. You can follow her blog.