Hope you guys enjoyed part 1 of what to do in Arequipa of this little travel guide. In this part I will be talking about the city tours, museums and other places you can visit while you’re there.
Panoramic City Bus Tour
I’m going to be honest, I don’t remember how much I paid for it, but I think it was around S/.40 or S/.50. I got it while I was in the Main Square with walking around with my friend. You are probably going to get approached by someone trying to sell you their tours. I’m not gonna lie, I didn’t enjoy it much. But it was because it was one of the fist days of my blister and walking around was so painful.
You’ll visit Yanahuara with its church and the very well known Yanahuara lookout. Then you’ll head to the Mirador del Carmen Alto, the Incapalca fabric and it’s zoo. Then you’ll pass around the Sachaca district and the Goyoneche Palace. After that, you’ll go La Mansión del Fundador and some other places.
Monasterio de Santa Catalina
Visiting this place is a must when you go to Arequipa. This convent was built in 1579 and it served as a cloister for Dominican nuns from the the 16th to 18th centuries. To this day it still houses a little religious community today. It has around 20,000 square meters and was built with volcanic sillar stone.
You’ll be able to walk around it all, you’ll have to follow the signs… and there’s a lot of amazing picture opportunities too.
You can get your visit tickets here (You’ll find the prices there too).
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa
You can go inside the cathedral when its mass time but if you want to know more about the history of it, get visit some places you can visit with your “free” entry. You’ll be granted access to the bell towers, with amazing views. I think the entry fee costs around S/ 10 and you have to give your tour guide a tip after your tour.
Museo Santuarios Andinos
At this museum you’ll be able to find the “Momia Juanita” and ceramics, metals, textiles and organics, that were part of her funerary context . Juanita, the girl from Ampato, was the victim of a ritual called “Capac Cocha”.
You can find some FAQ as well as prices for the entry. You have to tip your tour guide here too.