Arequipa, Peru

Locals consider Arequipa one of the country’s most important cities because of its historical magnitude. When you visit, you’ll find splendid museums and awe-inspiring religious structures like cathedrals and monasteries. If your time in Arequipa is short, prioritize a trip to the Santa Catalina Monastery and the Cathedral Basilica, which is in the city’s main square.

To really experience the culture of this impressive city, eat like a local by making a stop at one of the markets. Purchase fresh produce, seafood and unique spices. Try dishes like rocoto relleno, which is a spicy veggie and meat stuffed red pepper, or adobo, a yummy pork stew. The markets are also a great place to get a few souvenirs and even make sure that you stay warm when the nights are chilly by purchasing a few pieces of traditional Peruvian clothing made with Alpaca wool. The Fundo el Fierro craft market is a great place to look for Peruvian clothing.

In Arequipa, you’ll be walking along cobble-stone streets decorated with pots of bright flowers. Large archways are common overhead and decorative iron fences provide pretty enclosures around grand structures.

Arequipa is a place to enjoy breathtaking sights and tasty cuisine as well as purchase one-of-a-kind souvenirs.