Arequipa, Peru: Travel/Tourist Information Guide

Arequipa, also nicknamed 'the white city' ('La cuidad blanca' in Spanish) is one of the most beautiful cities in Peru. It is the second most popular city among tourists (after Cuzco because of its weather, friendly people, attractions, spectacular view of the El Misti volcano, and lower prices compared to Lima or Cuzco).

Arequipa is the capital city of Arequipa region in south-western Peru. This region is bordered by the Ica, Ayacucho, Apurímac, and Cuzco regions in the north, the Puno Region in the east, the Moquegua Region in the south, and the Pacific Ocean in the west. Arequipa is Peru's second-largest and most important city (after Lima).

The city lies just below the edge of the Altiplano, at 2,328 meters (7,638 ft.) of elevation above sea level, and is surrounded by three impressive volcanoes- Misti, Chachani, and Pichu Pichu. Arequipa is nicknamed 'the white city' because many of the buildings in the area are built of sillar, a white volcanic rock.


The city of Arequipa has a semi-arid and temperate climate. Over the course of a year, the temperature typically varies from 45°F to 71°F and is rarely below 42°F or above 75°F. The warm season lasts from September 7 to October 15 and the cold season lasts from January 27 to March 1. The rainy season starts in January and ends in March. Over the entire year, the most common forms of precipitation are- light rain, drizzle, and moderate rain.