Arequipa is a city located in the Southern Coastal Peru, 2,380 m above the sea level. It is surrounded by three impressive volcanoes out of which one – El Misti- can be easily hiked year-round. It is the second most popular city among travelers (after Cusco ).
Together with Puno, Cusco and Naza, it is part of the “Southern Peru Tourist Corridor”, but in contrast to the other cities, Arequipa is a good example of the Spanish and mestizo culture developed in Peru and is not home to any Inca ruins. Spanish colonial architecture can be found all over the city and the churches are a delight to visit.
While Arequipa is not located at such a high altitude as Cusco, you’ll still need to adjust to it, especially if you plan to do any hiking. While El Misti is an easy hike, it is done in two days (and one night).
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Accommodation in Arequipa is plentiful and you can choose between cheap hotels, mid-range hotels and high end hotels, depending on your budget and preferences.
Here are some cheap hotels in Arequipa to consider for your stay:
Inti Punku Lodge
The hotel is located close to the main square and offer free wi-fi and all rooms have private bathrooms. The breakfast is included in the room price. The kitchen can be used by the guests and comprises coffee making facilities. The tour desk offers the possibility to book trips in the area. In May 2012, expect to pay from US$24 per night in a double or twin room.
Dreams Hotel Boutique
It is located in the Vallecito neighborhood and offer free wi-fi. Spa facilities are also available at the hotel. The buffet breakfast is included in the room price. Free shuttle service to/from the airport is available. In May 2012, expect to pay from US$79 per night in a standard double or twin room.
Queen’s Villa Hotel
The hotel is located in a former colonial mansion and is close to the main square. It has a garden, a pool, offers free wi-fi and you can book trips at the tour desk. The terrace offers panoramic views of the city and the volcanoes. The American breakfast is included in the room price. In May 2012, expect to pay from US$93 per night in a business double or twin room. The junior suite (also sleeps two) starts at US$127 per night.
Alwa Hotel Boutique
The hotel offers a terrace with panoramic views of the city and has 9 rooms with AC and LCD TV. The restaurant on site serves Peruvian cuisine and the buffet breakfast is included in the room price. The tour desk on site offers the possibility to book trips to the near-by volcanoes and Machu Picchu. In May 2012, expect to pay from US$72 per night in a double room.
Hotel La Gruta
It is located in a residential area , about 1 km from the historic center. All room have TV and free internet. The on site restaurant offers Peruvian cuisine and the Continental breakfast is included in the room price. In May 2012, expect to pay from US$65 per night in a double room.
The inn is located 15 min drive from the airport and offer free shuttle to/from the airport. All rooms have free wi-fi, LCD TV and private bathrooms. The continental breakfast is included in the room price. In May 2012, expect to pay from US$42 per night in a double room.
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