Fly To Arequipa, Peru
Founded in 1540, Arequipa, also known as ‘The White City’, is characterised by impressive Spanish colonial buildings, volcanoes and the snow-capped peaks of the majestic Andes Mountains to the west. The city’s nickname arose from the numerous buildings built out of white rock quarried from the multiple volcanoes that hug Arequipa.
The city is the second most populous in Peru and is the preferred base from which to visit Colca Canyon – the second deepest canyon in the world. The top attraction in Arequipa is the 215 000 sq foot Santa Catalina Monastery which resembles a city within a city. For visitors who love spectacular plazas and mansions, Arequipa offers a real treat. Another compelling reason to visit the city is its close proximity to the Inca ruins; a major tourist attraction which draws over a million visitors annually.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do not need a Visa to visit Arequipa, Peru, for up to 90 days. Just make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African Embassy to Peru is situated in Lima. Av. Victor Andres Belaunde 147, Edificio Real Tres "3", Office 801, San Isidro, L.27, Lima. Phone: + 511 612 4848.
See and do
Monastery of Santa Catalina remains a highly popular tourist attraction in Arequipa and this historical gem provides valuable insight into the history and culture of the area. Other noteworthy sights to include on your itinerary are: Plaza de Armas, Colca Canyon and the Historic Centre of Arequipa. The riveting vistas of the volcanoes contribute a most memorable holiday in Peru.
Outdoor adventures are plentiful with white water rafting, hiking and climbing excursions up mountains and volcanoes and horse riding. There also animal and bird spotting opportunities in the Salinas Reserve.
For shopping enthusiasts the city of Arequipa offers a treasure trove of upper-end boutiques in the Historic Center locality. Arequipa is renowned for its high quality Alpaca and Vicuña woollen and leather goods. Shoppers can also visit the Central Market or Antiquilla Market for local produce. For retail shopping, Saga Falabella Shopping Mall, Real Plaza Arequipa and Cayma Shopping Center all offer exciting department stores to explore.
The fun continues in Arequipa long after the sun sets. Enjoy the nightlife of the city represented by the many bars, restaurants and clubs. The bar venues are considered tourist attractions in themselves – proudly showcasing colonial architecture and vaulted sillar ceilings.
Rodríguez Ballón International Airport – AQP
Rodríguez Ballón International Airport is the third busiest airport in Peru serving Arequipa.
Food and beverage: There is a restaurant and snack bar available in the terminal at Arequipa Airport.
Currency Exchange: Foreign exchange services are available in the Arrivals Hall at Rodríguez Ballón International Airport.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to Rodríguez Ballón International Airport authorities.
Airport Hotels: Although there is no hotel on site at the airport, there are nearby hotels such as the Casa Arequipa, Villa Elisa Boutique, Casa Andina Private Collection Arequipa.
Car Hire: Hertz.
Airport Hub: Rodríguez Ballón International Airport (code AQP) is a hub for LAN Airlines, Peruvian Airlines, American Airlines, TAM Linhas Aéreas, Iberia.