Guided Tour of Arequipa, La Ciudad Blanca the White Volcanic City
Standing majestically at the foothills of the Misti Volcano, Arequipa’s beautiful Spanısh Colonial buildings hark back to the depth of its foundation, by the Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro. Guided tour of Arequipa, La Ciudad Blanca, the White Volcanic City, will amaze and entrance you on arrival.
Often overlooked Peru’s Stunning second city was formerly occupied by firstly the Aymara Indians then conquered by the Incas, and each has left a lasting influence at every turn. This popular tourist destination has many valuable archaeological and cultural artefacts telling the story of its chequered past. Now seat of the Constitutional Court of Peru and Peru's second largest populous city it gained in 1821 it was freed from Spain, and then it was declared the Capital.
However, the Spanish influence is still very much in evidence all over the city in its magnificent buildings and beautiful parks. Its countless elegant buildings constructed of sillar, a white volcanic rock, give it an ethereal appearance and gives its nickname as "La Ciudad Blanca" or White City.
Top 10 Things to Do in Arequipa
Exciting Cultural Private tour of the Peru’s wonderous ‘White City’
Often unfairly overlooked by travellers Peru's second largest city offers an insight into the time before the infamous Incas arrived. Take a private cultural tour of Arequipa to see some of the fantastic sites for yourself.
Juanita, the now famous ice girl, sacrificed to the mountain gods
Get a pure adrenalin rush on a white knuckle experience white water rafting
Learn how the Alpaca become famous for its wool and how the clothing is made
Gustav Eiffel's stunning iron bridge across the Chili River take a private cultural tour to see this true masterpiece
Go Volcano climbing, not for the faint hearted but a truly exhilarating experience or an Exciting Cultural Private tour of the Peru’s wonderous ‘White City'!
For something completely different and a bit spooky, there is something very mysterious about Machu Picchu, not only because of how it was built but by its design and the way it is placed on astronomical alignments.
Some ancient historians believe that there were extraterrestrial influences in the building of it due to the advanced architecture!
Travel Tips for Arequipa
We found the best time to visit on a guided tour was the winter season running from May to September when the weather conditions were still warm and pleasant, and it is not so busy. We had warm sunny, clear days but were surprised that the nights were quite chilly, so we actually needed a coat. We had heard that November to April was the wet season, but the temperatures can get as high as the upper 80s. You will enjoy this country whatever the weather !
Our hotel was in the mid range and was a reasonable price at 60 PEN per night there are of course cheaper and more expensive options depending on your requirements. Food is the same, and we found the cafes where the locals eat to be delicious and inexpensive, but we did also visit some of the more expensive restaurants too which were around 50 PEN per person. Transport by bus costs pennies. Prebook tours whenever possible and save a fortune.
Probably the most important things to remember here are the low air pressure, and the diuretic effects it has on you and the humidity. Keep hydrated with bottled water and don't forget to keep as covered as possible. On a private cultural tour, the sun's UV rays can still be strong even at this altitude so don’t underestimate its power. Try not to eat from street vendors unless you see the food cooked freshly in front of you.
Winter season between May and September are the best times to visit as the weather is still warm and pleasant and there are not many crowds around. It is at night however quite chilly, and you will definitely need some sort of jacket. The rainy time is always between November and April in the high season with temperatures in the 90s, and it can become scorching and muggy especially before a storm. These are normally short lived, and the sun comes out again