Peruvians describe their country as the richest in the world, and it’s easy to see why. A number of great cities, a beautiful mountain range in the Andes, the world’s highest lake in Titicaca and ancient Incan sites like Machu Picchu combine to make it one of the most unique places on the planet. It’s perfect for everything from long family trips to weekend breaks for adults only. |
In this article, though, we’ll focus on just one of the country’s great cities: Arequipa. Read on to learn more about this excellent holiday destination.
All About Arequipa
Despite being the second largest city in the country, Arequipa is rarely crowded, but still stands alongside some of Europe’s most cosmopolitan destinations. It’s just spacious and relaxed enough to feel calm, while still offering plenty to see and do.
Even better, it’s also surrounded by some fantastic natural beauty. With three dormant volcanoes nearby and a host of other popular sites, it props up a major part of the country’s tourist trade. Crucially for guests, this also means businesses here are well set up to meet the needs of excited visitors.
Did You Know? Locals refer to Arequipa as the ‘White City’, referring to the white volcanic stone used to build many of the older buildings.
Mercado San Camilo
Open for a full twelve hours every day of the week, this cluttered, homely market makes a great start to any visit to the city, from long stays to weekend breaks. For adults only, there are some unique spirits available, while handcrafted trinkets make perfect gifts for friends and family at home.
Plaza de Armas
Don’t worry if you didn’t have your fill of people-watching in the market: this central square is the perfect place to continue exploring. Set up here, perhaps at a café or bar, and you can see all kinds of people passing by, from fellow tourists to hikers heading out to nearby treks. Street performers put on regular shows, while locals come to rest and enjoy the space.
Fun Fact: Plaza de Armas is on UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage List.
Santa Catalina Monastery
Continuing your cultural kick, this sixteenth-century monastery is great for a self-guided tour, leaving you free to move at your own pace. There’s a lot to see, including a gallery as well as cloisters and a plaza, but not so much that you need to set aside a whole day.
Party and Have Fun
History, culture and sightseeing are all fun, but they’re not all you’re looking for from weekend breaks for adults only. Luckily, Arequipa has more than enough for a great night out. Most restaurants will let you stay and drink late, and if you book a trip with a specialist provider, there will be plenty of party opportunities. Perhaps the best way to spend your evening, though, is watching the sun set over the city from a rooftop bar.
Top Tip: Book a night out with a special operator to meet fellow likeminded travellers.
Before You Go
Whether you want a quick weekend away or a longer trip, specialist operators offer a wide range of experiences in Peru all planned out and ready to go, from adventurous excursions to weekend breaks for adults only. Check them out online before booking your trip.
With so much to offer and such unique surroundings, Arequipa is well worth a visit – we hope this article has given you enough to start getting excited.
Perry Mahoney is the Director of GN Holidays, a holiday company specialising in music and party weekend breaks for adults only. Whether you're looking to enjoy a much-needed break sailing along the Rhine, a getaway with non-stop 60s and 70s sounds or a just an opportunity to bond with some like-minded travellers, GN Holidays will be sure to provide you with an unforgettable experience.
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