Your day-by-day itinerary
Arrival in Arequipa
As you arrive in Arequipa you’ll notice the volcanic peaks soaring up around the city. With such a majestic backdrop, it’s hard not to fall in love with the place. You’ll stay in a colonial-style hotel within walking distance of the central plaza, and you’ll find a whole host of restaurants and bars nearby. This evening you can take it easy, and grab a Pisco as the cathedral lights come on and reflect in the fountain below.
Arequipeño cookery, and free time to explore
After breakfast, a local guide will come to meet you so that you can experience a different side of the city. You’ll head to the central market first, to pick up all the seasonal vegetables, grains and herbs you’ll need for today’s lunch. Next, you’ll visit a local cook in her home, where you’ll prepare a traditional Peruvian meal together – you’ll mainly be on chopping duty, and with your guide as translator she’ll explain the process and answer any questions. Finally, lunch is served!
Your afternoon and evening are free to enjoy the city at your own pace. Before you part ways, your guide can give you some insider tips on what to do and where to eat, and we’d recommend making time to visit the colourful, expansive complex at Monasterio de Santa Catalina, where nuns have served for centuries. For something a little off the usual tourist map, take a trip out to the tranquil Yanahuara district.
Departure from Arequipa
Depending on your departure time today you might be able to take one last wander through the cobbled streets, and perhaps have one last coffee in the Plaza de Armas.
When it’s time to go you’ll pack up your things and get ready for your next adventure.
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