3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Miss Arequipa While in Peru

Arequipa, Peru
Arequipa, Peru. Photo by Megan Kotlus on Unsplash

Lima is the first city that comes to mind when someone mentions Peru, but it’s not the only one that makes it worth the visit. Arequipa will make you fall in love with this South American country all over again and here are three reasons why you should pay it a visit.

Natural Beauty

Arequipa’s skyline is dominated by volcanic cones including Misti, Pichu Pichu, and Chachani. This makes this region extremely popular with hikers and adventurers, but you can also explore the city’s natural beauty at its many parks, viewpoints, and popular kid-friendly destination Mundo Alpaca.

Traditional Foods

Arequipa is one of the best places in Peru to explore the country’s rich culinary scene. It’s one of Peru’s main gastronomical centers, and some of its best traditional dishes originate from here. Rocoto relleno aka stuffed peppers and ocopa, potatoes in a spicy sauce, are some of the very best.

Architecture and History

This colonial-era city will knock you off your feet with its architectural beauty, from baroque buildings to neoclassical cathedrals. Its main square Plaza de Armas is one of the best places to explore its architectural and cultural heritage, and it’s home to one of the city’s most recognizable buildings—Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa.