This August 15th will mark the 476th founding anniversary of Arequipa, the second largest city in Peru and a popular destination for travelers wishing to the world’s two deepest canyons, which are located nearby. 20,000 people are expected to visit the city during the month’s celebrations.
A full roster of activities has been planned so that locals and tourists alike can mark the occasion all month long. Just a few days ago, there was a Chicha Fair in the city’s main square, accompanied by a marching band parade, and a few days before that the cathedral bells signaled the start of a military parade.
The larger events are still yet to come, however, and as usual we’ve got all of the details for you:
Guinea pigs have been popular pets ever since European traders introduced them to the West in the 16th century, due to their docile responsiveness and ease of care, meaning many of us have sentimental feelings for these cuddly creatures. For those of us who’ve grown up considering these cuddly creatures as pets, it can come as a surprise to know that guinea pigs originated in the Andes, where they were domesticated as early as 5000BC for their meat and are known as cuy. Originally reserved for ceremonial meals, it’s become a very common dish year-round, especially for birthdays, holidays and other special occasions. Many urban and country households of the Andean highlands raise cuy, feeding them table scraps. They’re considered a good investment because they require little room and reproduce quickly.
Peru boasts some of the world’s best rivers for whitewater rafting. Some of these are located near Cuzco, while others can be accessed from Arequipa, our focus for this post. Arequipa boasts powerful rivers which formed the two deepest canyons in the world, Cotahuasi Canyon and Colca Canyon. These rivers are ideal for those with rafting experience and the desire for unforgettable adventure. Since the rivers of Peru cater to different ability levels, today we’ll be talking about the best trips for beginning, intermediate, and expert rafters…
Misti Volcano looming in the background of Arequipa’s skyline is an iconic sight, representing the White City for Peruvians and travelers alike. It was important in pre-Columbian times as well, as shown by the 1998 expedition which uncovered the mummies of six sacrificed Inca youths and other ritual offerings along the innermost of its three concentric craters. Travelers drawn to the volcano can choose between two adventurous ways to experience its majesty first-hand: climbing to its summit, or biking down its sandy slopes.
Pirwa Arequipa Hostel is lucky to be located in Arequipa’s striking historical center, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s distinguished by its mestizo-baroque buildings (whose intricate carvings include a mix of European and pre-Columbian symbols) constructed of pearly volcanic sillar stone. Although merely walking around the center is a nice way to pass the day, there’s plenty to see and do in Arequipa’s historical center: