Region of Arequipa

Arequipa

Provinces (Counties)

Located in the southwest of Peru,Arequipa is composed of eight provinces or counties. The Region of Arequipa has severalecological steps (9 to 6,300 meters above sea level), covering an area of 63,1345.39 square kilometers. lts long coastline is rich in plant and anima li e and has beautiful beaches. The mountains offer beautiful landscapes and two of the deepest canyons in the world (Colca Canyon and the Cotahuasi Canyon) .

The Region of Arequipa has the second-largest economy of the country along with a rich history,anexquisite regionalcuisine (sorne of the best chefs and restaurants of Peru are in Arequipa), beautiful landscapes, a wide variety of flora and fauna,an exciting night li e,and a beautiful downtown recognized as a World Heritage Site in 2000 by the UNESCO.

Below that are highlights of each province in the Region of Arequipa:

Province of Arequipa

Location:

Located in the southern center of the region, it is next to the Region of Moquegua .

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Province of Camana

Location:

Located in the western center of the region,it borders on the Pacific Ocean. Population: 53,065 inhabitants (2007 Census).

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Province of Caraveli

Location:

Located in the northwest of the region,it borders on the Pacific Ocean.

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Province of Castilla

Location:

Located in the eastern center of the region, it is between the Provinces of Caylloma and Condesuyos.

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Province of Caylloma

Location:

Located in the eastern center of the region, it is between the Provinces of Arequipa and Castilla and next to the Regions of Cusco and Puno.

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Province of Condesuyos

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Located in the eastern center of the region,it is between the Provinces of La Union and Castilla and next to the Region of Cusco.

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Province of Islay

Location:

Located in the southwestern part of the region, it borders on the Pacific Ocean, the Provinces of Arequipa and Camana, and the Region of Moquegua.

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Province of La union

Location:

Located in the northeastern part of the region,it is next to the Provinces of Caraveli and Condesuyos and the  Regions of Ayacucho, Apurimac, and Cusco.

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Province of Arequipa

Location: Located in the southern center of the region, it is next to the Region of Moquegua.

Population: 864,250 inhabitants (2007 Census)

Capital: Arequipa Town

Districts (Townsand Town ships in theUS): The province is composed of 29 districts. The most important ones are listed below:

  • Arequipa (0 kilometers from Arequipa downtown - Downtown can be walked from north to south in 2 hours and 30 minutes)
  • Cayma (3.5 kilometers from Arequipa downtown - lO minutes without traffic - 30 minutes with traffic)
  • Chiguata (25 kilometers from Arequipa downtown - 45 minutes without traffic)
  • Jacobo Hunter, Founder Mansion (9.5 kilometers from Arequipa downtown - 20 minutes without traffic - 45 minutes with traffic)
  • Sabandía, Colonial Watermill ( 13 kilometers from Arequipa downtown - 35 minutes without traffic - l hour with traffic)
  • Yanahuara (2.6 kilometers from Arequipa downtown - l0 minutes without traffic - 25 minutes with traffic - 25 minute walk)
  • Yura (30 kilometers from Arequipa downtown - 40 minutes without traffic)

Ancient Sites:

  • Andean Terraces of Yura Viejo - Pre­ Inca structures (Yura District)
  • Andean Terraces of Cayma - Pre-Inca and Inca structures (Cayma District)
  • Sumbay Caves Pre-Inca Site (Yanahuara  District)

Buildings and Places:

  • Cathedral of Arequipa - Colonial and Republican Church (Arequipa District)
  • Downtown Arequipa - Colonial site (Arequipa District)
  • Naturalthermo medicinalpools of Yura (Yura District)
  • SanLazaro Town and Temple -Colonial buildings  (Arequipa District)
  • Santa Catalina Monastery - Colonial site (Arequipa District)
  • Yanahuara Downtown (Yanahuara District)
  • Sabandia Watermill - Colonial site (Sabandia District)

 

Museums:

  • Founder Mansion (Jacobo Hunter District)
  • Historical Museum of Arequipa (Arequipa District)
  • Mummy Juanita Museum (Arequipa District)
  • Natural Reserves & Beaches:
  • Chachani Volcano - lt is part of the National Reserve of Salinas and Aguada Blanca (Cerro Colorado District)
  • Misti Volcano (viraflores District)
  • National Reserve of Salinas and Aguada Blanca (The Reserve covers severaldistricts.)
  • Pichu Picchu Snowy Peak (chiguata District)
  • The province of Arequipa doesn't hove a coastline.

Outdoor Activities:

  • Hiking (Chiguata, Yanahuara, Sabandía,Yura Districts)
  • Mountain biking (Jacobo Hunter, Paucarpata,Sabandía  Districts)
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Whitewater Rafting

Restaurants: Restaurants offer awide variety of services.

  • A Punto - Peruvian & lnternational Cuisine (Las Orquideas l06, Cayma District)
  • Chicha - Regional & Peruvian Cuisine (Santa Catalina 21O, Arequipa District)
  • Salamanto - Peruvian Fusion Cuisine (Leon XI 11, H1 1, Cayma District)
  • Sol de Mayo - Regional Cuisine (Jerusalen 207, Yanahuara District)

Accommodations: All types of accommodations are available in the city of Arequipa.

  • Wild Rover Backpackers Hostel - Youth Hostel (Av. El Ejercito, Block 2,Barranca District)
  • La Casa de miA buela - Bed & Breakfast (Jerusalen 606,Arequipa District)
  • La Posada del Puente - Boutique-style Hotel (Corner Puente Grau & Ave. Bolognesi lO l,Arequipa District)
  • Casa Andina Private Collection - Luxury Hotel (Ugarte 403,Arequipa District)
     

Province of Camana

Location: Located in the western center of the region,it borders on the Pacific Ocean. Population: 53,065 inhabitants (2007 Census)

Capital: Camana Town

Districts (Townsand Townships in theUS): The province is composed of eight districts. The most important ones are listed below:

  •  Camana ( 177 kilometers from Arequipa town - 2 hours and 45 minutes)
  •  Nicolas de Pierola - aka San Gregorio ( 179 kilometers from Arequipa town - 2 hours and 55 minutes)
  •  Ocoña (233 kilometers from Arequipa town - 3 hours and 30 minutes)
  •  Quilco ( 197 kilometers from Arequipa town - 3 hours and 30 minutes)
  •  Samuel    Pastor    ( 177    kilometers    from Arequipatown-2 hours  and45  minutes)

Ancient Sites:

  •  Petroglyphs of Quilco - Pre-Colombian site (Quilco District)
  •  Pillistay Site - Inca site (Nicolas de Pierola District)

Buildings and Places:

  •  Bodeguillas de Huacapuy - Colonialsite (Jose Maria Quimper District)

Museums:

  •  Jose    Maria    Quimper    Museum    (Jose Maria Quimper District)

Natural Reserves & Beaches:

  •  Caleta Inca (Mariscal Caceres District)
  •  Caleta San Jose Beach (Quilco District)
  •  Lobera lsland (Quilco District)

Outdoor Activities:

  •  Camping (Quilco District)
  •  Hiking    (Nicolas    de    Pierola    &    Quilco Districts)
  •  Sandboarding (Camana District)
  •  Surfing (Quilco District)

Restaurants: Basic restaurants are available in  Camana:

  •  Camotitos - Regional Cuisine (Jr. 28 de Julio, Camana District)
  •  Chita Manlei- Peruvian& Chinese Fusion (Alfonso Ugarte 1 18, Camana District)

Accommodations: All types of accommodations are available in the city of Camana with the exception of luxury and boutique-style hotels.

  •  Casa Hotel Marena -Tourist Beach Hotel (Ampliacion La Punta, Camana District)
  •  Hotel de Turistas - Tourist Hotel (Ave. Lima 138,Camana District)

Province of Caraveli

Location: Located in the northwest of the region, it borders on the Pacific Ocean.

Population: 35,928 inhabitants  (2007 Census)

Capital: Caraveli Town

Districts (Townsand Townships in theUS): The province is composed of 13 districts. The most important ones are listed below:

  • Atiquipa (41 7 kilometers from Arequipa town - 6 hours and 15 minutes)
  • Bella Union (630 kilometers from Arequipatown - 9 hours and45 minutes)
  • Cahuacho (437 kilometers from Arequipatown - 8 hours and30 minutes)
  • Caraveli (381 kilometers from Arequipa town - 6 hours and 30 minutes)
  • Chala (395 kilometers from Arequipa town - 5 hours and 45 minutes)

Ancient Sites:

  • Ananta Site - Pre-Inca Site (Caraveli District)
  • Incawasi Site - Inca site (Cahuacho District)
  • La Huarca Site - Pre-Inca Site (Caraveli District)
  • Macha Site - Pre-Inca Site (Caraveli District)
  • Puerto Inca Site or Quebrada de la Waca - Pre-Inca and Inca Site (Atiquipa District)

Museums:

  • Sacaco Museum - Exhibits remains of prehistoric species (Bella Union District)

Natural Reserves & Beaches:

  • Lomas de Atiquipa-Endemic species of flora and fauna (Atiquipa District)
  • Los Altos de Caraveli Reserved Area - Endemic species of flora and fauna (Cahuacho District)
  • Caleta Puerto Inca (Chala District)
  • Chala Beach (Chala District)

Outdoor Activities:

  • Camping (Chala District)
  • Sandboarding (Caraveli District)
  • Scuba diving (Chala District)

Restaurants:

  • Hotel de Turistas Chala - Peruvian Cuisine (Calle Comercio 60l, Chala District)
  • Hotel Puerto lnka - Peruvian Cuisine (Panamericana Sur 610, Chala District)

Accommodations:

  • Hotel de Turistas Chala - Tourist Hotel (Calle Comercio 60l,Chala District)
  • Hotel Puerto lnka - Tourist Beach Hotel (Panamericana Sur 610, Chala District)

Province of Castilla

Location: Located in the eastern center of the region, it is between the Provinces of Caylloma and Condesuyos.

Population: 38,425 inhabitants (2007 Census)

Capital: Aplao Town

Dislricts (Townsand Townships in theUS): The province is  composed of 14 districts. The most important ones are listed below:

  • Andagua (361 kilometers    from Arequipa town - 8 hours)
  • Aplao ( 179 kilometers from Arequipa town - 3 hours)
  • Machaguay (326  kilometers    from Arequipa town - 6 hours)
  • Orcopampa (349  kilometers    from Arequipa town - 11 hours)
  • Uraca    District    ( 115  kilometers    from Arequipa town - 2hours and  l5  minutes)

Ancient Sites:

  • Antaymarca Site - lnca Site (Andagua District)
  • Huasicac Site - Inca site (Machaguay District)
  • Petroglyphs  of  Toro  Muerto  -  Pre­ Colombian site  (Uraca District)

Buildings and Places:

  • Natural    thermo    medicinal    pools    of Huancarama (Orcopampa District)

Museums:

  • Querulpa Museum (Aplao District)

Natural Reserves & Beaches:

  • Querulpa Jurasic Park with several foot stamps of dinosaurs (Aplao District)
  • Volcanoes    Valley    with    86    small volcanoes (Andagua District)
  • The Province of Castilla doesn't hove a coastline.

Outdoor Activities:

  • Camping  (Andagua and Machaguay Districts)
  • Hiking    (Andagua,   Machaguay    and Uraca Districts)
  • Paragliding (Machaguay District)
  • Whitewater rafting (Aplao and Uraca Districts)

Accommodations:   Limited accommodations are available in the Province of Castilla.

  • Majes River Lodge - Bed & Breakfast (Majes Valley, La Central - Ongoro, Aplao District)
  • Samay Majes - Bed & Breakfast (Majes Valley,La  Central,Aplao  District)

Province of Caylloma

Location: Located in the eastern center of the region, it is between the Provinces of Arequipa and Castilla and next to the Regions of Cusco and Puno.

Population: 73,718 inhabitants (2007 Census)

Capital: Chivay Town

Districts (Townsand Townships in theUS): The province is composed of 20 districts. The most important ones are listed below:

  •  Cabanaconde (214 kilometers from Arequipa town - 5 hours and l5 minutes)
  •  Chivay ( 162 kilometers from Arequipa town - 4 hours)
  •  Huambo (257 kilometers from Arequipa town vio Chivay - 6 hours)
  •  Lari ( 195 kilometers from Arequipa town vio Chivay - 5 hours and 15 minutes)
  •  Majes ( 120 kilometers from Arequipa town - 2 hours and 15 minutes)
  •  Yanque ( 168 kilometers from Arequipa town vio Chivay -  4 hours and 15 minutes)

Ancient Sites:

  •  Jayakima Ruins - Pre-Colombian site (Huambo District)
  •  Uyo Uyo Ruins - Inca site (Yanque District)

Buildings and Places:

  •  Natural thermo medicinal pools of La Calera (Chivay District)
  •  Lari Colonial Church (Lari District)
  •  Yanque Colonial Church (Yanque District)

Museums:

  •  Colca Archaeological Museum (Chivay District)

Natural Reserves & Beaches:

  •  Colca Canyon (The canyon covers several districts, the most important ones being Chivay, Yanque, Maca, Cabanaconde, Lari, and   Huambo.)
  •  National Reserve of Salinas and Aguada Blanca (The Reserve covers several districts.)
  •  The Province of Caylloma doesn't hove a coastline.

Outdoor Activities:

  •  Camping (Cabanaconde and Huambo Districts)
  •  Hiking (Cabanaconde and Huambo Districts)
  •  Rock climbing (Yanque and Chivay Districts
  •  Whitewater rafting (Majes District)

Accommodations:

  •  Colca Inn - Bed & Breakfast (Chivay District)
  •  Kuntur Wasi Tourist Hotel (Cabanaconde  District)
  •  Casa Andina Classic - Tourist Hotel (Chivay District)
  •  Collahua Hotel - Tourist Hotel (Yanque District)
  •  Colca Lodge - Boutique - style Hotel (Yanque District)
  •  El Refugio-Boutique - style Hotel (Chivay District)
  •  Las Casitas del Colca - Luxurious Hotel (Yanque District)

Province of Condesuyos

Location: Located in the eastern center of the region,it is between the Provinces of La Union and Castilla and next to the Region of Cusco.

Population: 18,991 inhabitants (2007 Census)

Capital: Chuquibamba Town

Districts (Townsand Townships in theUS): The province is composed of 20 districts. The most important ones are listed below:

  •  Andaray (273 kilometers from Arequipa town - 5 hours and 15 minutes)
  •  Chuquibamba (228 kilometers from Arequipa town - 5 hours)
  •  Yanaquigua (279 kilometers  from Arequipa town - 5 hours)

Ancient Sites:

  •  Ccopan Tombs - Inca site (Andaray District)
  •  Pintasayoc Cave Paintings - Pre-Inca site (Yanaquigua District)
  •  Tumpullo Ruins - Pre-Inca site - Wari and Tiahuanaco (Andaray District)

Museums:

  • Carlos Atilio Manchego Rendon Museum - Exhibits Pre-Inca and Inca remains found in the orea (Chuquibamba District)

Natural Reserves & Beaches:

  • Coropuna Snowy Peak - Third highest peak in Peru (Salamanca District)
  • The Province of Condesuyos lacks a coastline and natural reserves.

Outdoor Activities:

  • Camping (Andaray and Chuquibamba Districts)
  • Hiking (Andaray and Chuquibamba Districts)
  • Mountain Climbing Coropuna Volcano (Chuquibamba District)

Province of Islay

Location: Located in the southwestern part of the region, it borders on the Pacific Ocean, the Provinces of Arequipa and Camana, and the Region of Moquegua.

Population: 52,264 inhabitants (2007 Census)

Capital: Mollendo Town

Districts (Townsand Townships inthe US): The province is composed of six districts. The most important ones are listed below:

  •  Mejia  ( 147  kilometers  from  Arequipa town - 2 hours  and  15 minutes)
  •  Mollendo ( 125 kilometers from Arequipa town - 2 hours)
  •  Punta de Bombon ( 143 kilometers from Arequipa town vio La Joya - 2 hours and 20 minutes)

Buildings and Places:

  •  Castillo de Forga - Republican Site (Mollendo District)

Natural Reserves & Beaches:

  •  National Sanctuary of Mejia Lagoons for Migratory Birds (Mejia and Punta de Bombon Districts)
  •  Mejia Beach (Mejia District)
  •  Catarindo Beach (Mollendo District)
  •  Punta de Bombon Beach (Punta de Bombon District)

Outdoor Activities:

  •  Camping (Cabanaconde and Huambo Districts)
  •  Hiking (Cabanaconde and Huambo Districts)
  •  Rock climbing (Yanque and Chivay Districts
  •  Whitewater rafting (Majes District)

Accommodations:

  •  Moravi Hotel - Bed & Breakfast (Mollendo District)
  •  La Villa Hotel - Tourist Hotel (Mollendo District)

Province of La union

Location: Located in the northeastern part of the region,it is next to the Provinces of Caraveli and Condesuyos and the  Regions of Ayacucho, Apurimac, and Cusco.

Population: 15,662 inhabitants (2007 Census)

Capital: Cotahuasi Town

Districts (Townsand Townships in theUS): The province is composed of 11 districts. The most important ones are listed below:

  •  Alca (363 kilometers from Arequipa downtown- l0 hours and 30 minutes)
  •  Cotahuasi (346 kilometers from Arequipa downtown - lO hours)
  •  Pampamarca  (408  kilometers  from  Arequipa downtown -  12 hours)
  •  Puyca  (438 kilometers from Arequipa downtown - 14 hours)
  •  Sayla (Data N/A)
  •  Tomepampa (387 kilometers from Arequipadowntown- lO hours and 30 minutes)
  •  Toro (347 kilometers from Arequipa downtown - 12 hours)

Ancient Sites:

  •  Andean terraces of Chunganga - Pre Inca Site (Tomepampa)
  •  Huayacaya Ruins - Pre-Inca Site (Sayla District)
  •  Maukallacta Site - Pre-Inca and Inca Site (Puyca District)
  •  Mayu Mayu Ruins - Pre-Inca Site (Sayla District)

Buildings and Places:

  •  Cotahuasi Town- Andean Traditional town (Cotahuasi Town)
  •  Natural thermo medicinal pools of Lucha (Alca District)

Natural Reserves & Beaches:

  •  Cotahuasi    Reserve    -    Deepest    canyon    in    South    America (Cotahuasi District)
  •  Huito Rock Park - Rock formations of all sizes    (Pampamarca District)
  •  Igma Lagoon - Trout Farm (Puyca District)
  •  Puya Raymondi Forest - Endemic type of flora (Puyca District)
  •  Sipia Waterfall (Toro District)

Outdoor Activities:

  •  Camping (Cotahuasi,Sayla and Toro Districts)
  •  Fishing (Puco District)
  •  Hiking (Cotahuasi,Sayla and Toro Districts)
  •  Mountain biking (Cotahuasi,Sayla,and Toro Districts)
  •  Paragliding (Cotahuasi,Sayla and Toro Districts)
  •  Whitewater rafting (Cotahuasi,Sayla,and Toro Districts)

Accommodations:

  •  Cotahuasi Hotel - Backpacker Lodge (Cotahuasi District)

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