Explore Peru: Arequipa

where to stay:

 Colca Lodge Eco Hotel:  Located just north of Arequipa, the Colca Lodge Eco Hotel offers panoramic mountain and river views of the Colca Valley.  Its natural environment includes thermal water springs for guests to enjoy, as well as hiking, fishing, biking and many more outdoor activities.  Free Wifi, breakfast, and shuttle services included.  Prices start at $170.  http://colca-lodge.com/en/spa

La Plaza Arequipa Hotel Boutique:  Centrally located in the historical, commercial, and financial area of Arequipa, this hotel is a combination of modern yet classic Arequipa style.  Guests enjoy the included breakfast on the hotel’s balcony which overlooks beautiful views of the Cathedral of Arequipa and the Plaza de Armas.   http://laplazaarequipahotel.pe/en/

where to eat: 

Tradición Arequipa:  At this restaurant you will enjoy classic Peruvian and Areuipeño dishes.  Guests enjoy the open seating in the gardens, live music, and mix of locals and tourists.  Dishes start at $18. http://www.tradicionarequipena.com/

Peruvian Cooking Experience:  This cooking class experience includes preparing traditional Peruvian recipes with local chefs, but also a tour of the Ancient Local Market of the city while gathering cooking ingredients.  After two hours of hands on cooking and exploring Peruvian cuisines, groups enjoy their creations! http://www.peruviancookingexperience.com/specials.html  

who to tour with: 

Pablo Tour:  The Pablo Tour agency is certified in ecotourism and responsible tourism in Colca and Cotahuasi Canyon.  What sets Pablo Tours apart from others in the area is its specialty in adventure tourism and ecological tours.  The tours are designed for individual groups based on traveler’s preference and physical capabilities. For those who wish to have a more relaxing tour, cultural tours are offered as well. http://pablotour.com/eng/colcacultural.html

Posted on March 6, 2015 .