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 witness a mix of the indigenous and Spanish colonial cultures. Popular 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. Popular international flights depart from Cape Town and Johannesburg. The flight duration from Johannesburg to Arequipa is approximately 25 hours.
Popular flights to Arequipa
* Please note that the prices are subject to availability and block out dates do apply over peak season.
Why visit Arequipa
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.
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.
A transcendent experience awaits at Colca Canyon. This 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.
Essential details you need to know before your trip
1 ZAR = 0.25 PEN
Rodríguez Ballón International Airport (AQP)
Type A & C
Best time to visit Arequipa
The best time to visit Arequipa is during winter (May to September). The warm temperatures and clear skies offer idyllic conditions for sightseeing and outdoor activities. However, the peak tourist season between July and August should be avoided if you want to avoid high prices and large crowds.
If you don't mind a little bit of rainfall, the wet season, which lasts from November to April, is the best time to visit if you want cheap flights to Arequipa.
Weather & Climate in Arequipa
Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month
This extraordinary 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.
Home to politically conscious people ever since Peru gained its independence from Spain in 1821, Arequipa is a city rich with great history.
Along with its volcanoes, which adorn the 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 to capture those idyllic postcard views!
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South African passport holders do not require a visa to visit Arequipa, Peru for up to 90 days. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months and have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
The South African Embassy to Peru is situated in Lima.
Address: Av. Victor Andres Belaunde 147, Edificio Real Tres "3", Office 801, San Isidro, L.27
Phone: + 511 612 4848
The Zika virus is a risk in Peru. All travellers should take preventative measures against mosquito bites and exposure to the Zika virus during and after the trip.
You should also 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. However, travellers are still encouraged to take the usual precautions and remain cautious throughout their stay in Arequipa.