Best Areas to Stay in Arequipa, Peru

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Where to stay in Arequipa – A guide to the “City of the Eternal Blue Sky”

Arequipa is the second largest city in Peru, capital of the province of the same name.

This city is located on an Andean plateau, in the south southern area of the country, not far from the borders of Chile and Bolivia, which makes it a important tourist spot and an almost obligatory place of passage for a route through South America.

The geographic position of Arequipa and its altitude of 7545 feet above sea level give this Peruvian city enjoy a dry climate for most of the year. In addition, with 300 days of sunshine per year, the “City of the eternal blue sky” has earned its name.

Arequipa’s main tourist attractions date back to colonial times. The Santa Catalina Monastery, which sheltered by impressive walls, is one of the most fascinating colonial architectural works of Peru and a highlight of Arequipa.

Other attractions in this city include the Plaza de Armas, the cathedral or the Sanctuary Museum.

Arequipa is also the place of departure for many tours to the nearby mountains and access point to Puno and Lake Titicaca, located 186 miles to the east.

Arequipa is a large city, consisting of several areas and a metropolitan area, so choosing the best area to stay is of vital importance.

Arequipa has an urban transport system consisting of buses. The city also has a regional rail transport system that connects the coast with Lake Titicaca and Cusco.

As for the best areas to stay in Arequipa, the Historic Center, with its impressive colonial legacy is without a doubt our favorite neighborhood. (See accommodation in Arequipa’s Historic Center).

Here’s a guide with the best areas to stay in Arequipa, Peru.

The best areas to stay in Arequipa, Peru

1. Our favorite area: Historic Center

The Historic Center is the best area to stay in Arequipa.

The Historic Center of Arequipa is the heart of the city and its founding place by the Spanish in 1540.

Most of the buildings of the Historic Center of Arequipa are replicas built in the 19th century on the site of colonial buildings, previously destroyed by the earthquake of 1868.

The mansions or colonial houses of this area are characterized by their semi-circular arches and their vaulted ceilings.

The old town of Arequipa was declared by UNESCO as Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The heart of the patrimonial helmet of Arequipa revolves around the Plaza Mayor or Plaza de Armas, one of the main public spaces of the city. Around it is the cathedral, the Portales de Arequipa and the Compañía Church, as well as the Nuestra Señora de la Merced Church.

The Historic Center is, without doubt, the most recommended area to stay in Arequipa if you want to experience its enormous historical heritage, and be close to all the attractions of the city.

Best areas to stay in Arequipa - Historic Center

Best areas to stay in Arequipa – Historic Center

Accommodation in Arequipa's Historic Center - Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Arequipa’s Historic Center – Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Arequipa:

  • Pedestrian-friendly
  • Historic churches
  • Heart of the city
  • Close to the attractions
  • Plaza de Armas
  • Great food

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Casa Arequipa

Casa Arequipa is less than a mile away from Plaza Mayor, in Arequipe, and offers rooms with free Wi-Fi and plasma TVs. It has a rooftop bar and a shared kitchen. The commercial area is 1 km away.

from US$49
Budget

Albergue Español

Albergue Español is a youth hostel located in the historic center of Arequipa, just 3 minutes from the Plaza de Armas and 5 minutes from the Santa Catalina Convent. The property offers free WiFi.

from US$13
Luxury

Casa Andina Premium Arequipa

Casa Andina Premium Arequipa occupies an exclusive 18th-century colonial mansion built with volcanic stone. It is located in the center of the White City and offers rooms with traditional decoration.

from US$129

 

 

 

2. Close to the train station

The Arequipa railway station is located southwest of the historic center of the city.

The railroad tradition in Arequipa dates back to 1871, and the current station dates back to the end of the 19th century.

Arequipa is connected by trains through the Southern Peru Railway, the largest railway line still in operation in Peru, and one of the longest and highest networks in the continent.

The surroundings of the railway station offer a optimal position to visit Arequipa, thanks to its proximity to the city center, and the possibility of being near the largest railway junction in the south from Peru if you want to travel to other cities such as Puno, Cusco or the Pacific coast by train.

Where to stay in Arequipa - Close to the train station

Where to stay in Arequipa – Close to the train station

Accommodation near Arequipa's train station - Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area

Accommodation near Arequipa’s train station – Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Arequipa:

  • Arequipa’s train station
  • Well-connected to the rest of the city
  • Central location

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Mint Hotel

It offers comfortable rooms with free Wi-Fi in Arequipa, just 5 minutes’ drive from the main square. A buffet breakfast is served daily.

from US$44
Budget

El Puente Hotel Boutique

El Puente is a boutique hotel with modern facilities and a strategic location in Arequipa. It is close to restaurants, supermarkets, the main square and the commercial and financial center.

from US$31
Luxury

Beausejour Boutique Hotel

Located 8 minutes’ walk from the historic center of Arequipa, Beausejour Boutique Hotel offers 8 rooms with free Wi-Fi and buffet breakfast. The property has a garden and a terrace with panoramic views of the volcano.

from US$47

 

 

 

3. Close to the airport

The Rodríguez Ballón International Airport is the third busiest airport in Peru, behind Lima Airport and Cusco Airport.

This airport is located north of the city of Arequipa, about 5.5 miles (9 kilometers) from the Historic Center.

This air terminal receives flights from the main cities of Peru, thanks to the presence of the majority of domestic airlines. In addition, it has regular flights to several destinations in Chile.

Near the airport is a good area to stay in Arequipa since this district has budget-type hotels for accommodation.

It is a recommended area to stay in Arequipa particularly for travelers who need to be close to the airport, especially if they have an early flight.

Where to stay in Arequipa - Close to the airport

Where to stay in Arequipa – Close to the airport

Accommodation near Arequipa's airport - Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area

Accommodation near Arequipa’s airport – Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Arequipa:

  • Cheap hotels in Arequipa
  • Close to the airport
  • Connected by bus

Accommodation in this area

  • Top Choice
    Hostal Qori

    Featuring free WiFi, Qori offers accommodation in Arequipa, 5 miles from Umacollo Stadium. The property is about 5 miles from Yanahuara Church and 6 miles from Policlínico Metropolitano. There is a tour desk.

    from US$28
 

 

 

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