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About Arequipa

Arequipa is the picturesque city of Peru. With 861,145 people, it is Peru’s second most populous city. Arequipa is the exclusive chance to encounter ethereal landscapes, and to witness a mix of the indigenous and Spanish colonial cultures. Touristic attractions of this joyous metropolis include San Camilo, Goyeneche Palace Arequipa, Yanahura and Monasterio de la Recoleta.

Cheap flights to Arequipa are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready for a life changing experience in this wonderful city! Arequipa is the home of Rodríguez Ballón International Airport (AQP), which is a 20-minute drive from the city centre. Rodríguez Ballón International Airport serves many airlines – including LATAM and Avianca S.A. Popular international flights depart from Cape Town and Johannesburg. The flight duration from Cape Town to Johannesburg is approximately 24 hours and 2 hours.

Why visit Arequipa

church building volcano background

Volcano Skyline

Arequipa’s city skyline is decorated with a series of volcanic cones: Misti, and the extinct volcanic groups Pichu Pichu and Chachani. Thrill seekers can take on downhill volcano biking and volcano climbing.

red building stairs

Santa Catalina Monastery

Founded in 1580, Santa Catalina Monastery was once home to 450 people (comprised of nuns and their servants), today only 20 nuns live in its northern quarter. The public can visit the rest of this bold coloured historic site.

green mountain valley

Colca Canyon

A transcendent experience awaits at Colca Canyon. This blissful natural wonder is the second deepest canyon in the world. The essence of the Peruvian magic can be discovered upon a spiritual trek through its crevices.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Peru
Currency Peru Sol
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.25 PEN
Language Spanish
Hub Airport Rodríguez Ballón International Airport
Airline LATAM
Time Zone GMT -5
Travel Adaptor Type A and C

Best time to visit Arequipa

Arequipa’s climate is primarily dry in winter (May to early-November) and has an effective precipitation parallel to that of a cool desert climate. Large crowds of tourists head to the city during July and August, which means a hike in accommodation rates. The best time to visit this majestic destination is from May to September, when the weather is still pleasurable and you will avoid touristic crowding. Summer (late-November to April) is the wet season, with Arequipa experiencing its heaviest rains around January and can last on and off for up to four months.

Weather & Climate in Arequipa

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall level (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 9°C 9°C 9°C 7°C 6°C 6°C 6°C 6°C 6°C 7°C 7°C 8°C
High °C 22°C 21°C 21°C 22°C 22°C 21°C 21°C 22°C °C 23°C 23°C 22°C
Rainfall (mm) 28 36 21 1 0.2 0 0 2 1 0 1 4


This extraordinary second-largest city in Peru has a distinct aura about it, with its Spanish influences seen throughout the architectural landscape. Arequipa is endowed with a series of volcanic cones namely Chachani, El Misti and Pichu Pichu. It truly makes for a vastly beautiful city skyline.

Arequipa is a city rich with great history, home to a politically conscious people ever since Peru gained its independence from Spain in 1821.

Along with its volcanoes which adorns its skies, this inimitable Peruvian destination’s cityscape was designed to resemble a checkerboard made of sixty-blocks, each one made up of “400 Castilian feet’’ (111.4 meters). Exploring this amazing destination will reward you with the most incredible scenery. Be sure to pack your camera for the idealic postcard views!

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Visa & Customs

South African passport holders do not require a visa to visit Arequipa, Peru for up to 90 days. Your passport must be valid for 6 months after your return date, and you must 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

Health & Safety

The Zika virus is a risk in Peru. All travellers should take preventative measures against mosquito bites and sexual exposure to the Zika virus during and after the trip. You should be up-to-date on routine vaccinations before your trip to Arequipa. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio, and your yearly flu shot. Most travellers are advised to get vaccinations for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, malaria rabies and yellow fever.

The threat of crime is no more prevalent than any other major city. Peru goes out of its way to ensure the safety of tourists. Travellers are encouraged to remain cautious throughout their stay in Arequipa.

Staying safe in Arequipa:

• Do not wear flashy jewellery in public spaces. • Always keep an eye on your bags and luggage. • Be sure to use registered taxi operators. • Make sure to agree on a price before getting in the taxi.

Cost of Living

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Arequipa
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R100 R100 R34
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R25 R25 R16
Cappucino (regular) R23 R23 R20
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R10 R10 R20
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R40 R40 R35
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