AREQUIPA CITY TOUR + SILLAR quarries [half a day]

  1. Duration:Half a day
  2. Locale:Arequipa
  3. Service:Private/shared
  4. Difficulty:Medium
  5. Availability:
  2. Price 50.00 USD Per 2 Persons

City tour + ashlar route [half a day]


This tour can be done privately or as a shared service, the shared service takes place in two hours (9:30 am and 02:30 pm). The tour starts with the pick up from your hotel in the city center with a private tour guide, this trip starts for the following sites: La Casa del Moral, the main square and Los Portales, the Cathedral, the company Church, the company cloisters, La Casa Tristan del Pozo, La Casa Rosada del Arzobispado, the San Francisco platform and finally the Santa Catalina monastery.

In each of the above mentioned places will remain an approximate 15 minute except for the Santa Catalina Monastery, because here we will remain 30 minutes as a minimum to be able to visit it. Our private guide will tell us in detail its history (origin and construction). After finishing visit the historical center we will go in a private mobility to Ashlar Quarries, located 30 minutes from the city center, we find the Anashuayco Quarries, here you can discover the origin of the famous volcanic rocks called El Sillar (Ashlar), can also be appreciated as workers removed this material in a craft way and if you want to you can be part of the work of artisans daily.

Note: For private service, it is necessary to specify the type of service required at the time of booking the tour. It is this kind of tour that you can choose the schedule and itinerary, we adapt us to their time availability.

  1. itinerary
  2. included
  3. recommendation
  4. benefits
  • 09:00 am Pick up from your hotel in the Arequipa city center.
  • 09:30 a.m. Visit La Casa del Moral.
  • 09:45 am Visit the main square and the Arequipa portals.
  • 10:00 a.m. Visit the Arequipa Cathedral.
  • 10:15 a.m. Visit the Company Church.
  • 10:45 a.m. Visit the Company Cloisters.
  • 11:00 a.m. Visit La Casa Tristán del Pozo.
  • 11:15 a.m. Visit San Francisco Square.
  • 11:30 a.m. Visit Santa Catalina Monastery.
  • 12:00 p.m. Departure to the Anashuayco quarries.
  • 12:30 p.m. Arrival and visit the Ashlar quarries.
  • 01:15 pm Return to Arequipa city center.
  • 01:45 pm Arrival at Arequipa city center.


  • Spanish - English Guide.
  • Tourist transportation Arequipa – Ashlar Quarries.
  • Entrance to the Ashlar quarries.


  • Entry ticket to the Santa Catalina Monastery (entry ticket value: 40 soles general adult)
  • Entry ticket to Casa del Moral.
  • Others not listed in the information package.

It is recommended for their tour

  • A bottle of water (at least 1 liter)
  • Thick or light clothes (in autumn and winter stations usually do cold and wind in the afternoon, without however in the seasons of spring and summer bring waterproof jackets and umbrellas for the rain)
  • Hat, glasses and sunscreen.
  • Comfortable shoes for walking.


  • Architectural construction is impressive because of its large size, occupies the whole front of the Arequipa main square. It is built in Ashlar and is of neo-Renaissance style, with two stylized towers and a gothic vault. Inside, it keeps a Belgium Loret organ. Stresses its pulpit carved in wood, by Boisini-Rigot in Lille (France), made in 1879.

    It is one of the most representative monuments of Arequipa and one of the highest expressions of the neoclassical architecture in Peru. Its construction began in 1621, although it was recently completed in 1656.

    Although its original design was seriously affected by a voracious fire in 1844 and several subsequent earthquakes. These events forced a Temple profound restoration in 1868, commissioned to the architect Lucas Poblete. After the work the temple kept its beautiful facade based on white ashlar (volcanic stone), crowned by two stylized towers of 28 meters in height.

    On June 23rd, 2001, the Cathedral was severely damaged by another earthquake, resulting in damaged both towers, one of which came crashing down, but after a year of intense work and thanks to international cooperation and to the persistence of Mayor Manuel Guillén they were finally restored. Arequipa faithful to his indomitable character and strong fighting spirit, rebuilt their city quickly, including the beautiful bell tower.

    The Cathedral of Arequipa welcomes us to the main square and is open from Monday to Sunday.


  • Built by the Jesuits in the 17th century, it is notable for its facade is finished sculpting in 1698. Its carved wooden pulpit and the old sacristy, is known as the Arequipa Sistine Chapel, was the result of the anonymous work of indigenous artists who printed his work in color, the motives and the own spirit.

    The company was one of the first Arequipa temples, Ashlar was used in that. Its plateresque facade of mestizo inspiration is quite sumptuous, with colorful and stylized ornamentations of branches, bunches of grapes, flowers, birds, Angels and indigenous masks with long feather headdresses.

    The temple features a two-tier structure, typical of European Churches of the 16th and 17th centuries. Other architectural details of interest are semicircular vaults and the Middle columns supporting the upper floor. Its interior shows luxury and ornamentation, with gilded altars of mestizo Baroque style, a magnificent 17th century pulpit and more than 60 paintings from the Cusco school.

    The company was originally erected in 1573, following the design of Gaspar Báez. But the religious structure not resisted the earthquake in 1584, and was rebuilt at the end of the 17th century.


  • The Casa del Moral located in the Moral street 318 in fencing, is a mansion of the 18th century, is one of the oldest and most important of the Arequipa Baroque architectural recognized. The House owes its name to an ancient BlackBerry tree that grows in its main yard. It has furniture of the colonial and Republican. The cover in ashlar constitutes a work of art that are appraised carefully carved figures. For example, a Crown over a shield is held by two angels, in turn, the coat of arms consists of a castle, a bird, a Cougar and two crossed keys.

    In the Casa del Moral you can find Jesus anagrams, Mary and Joseph carved in the center of the vaults of rooms and on top of the windows facing the street, around the second yard were located the kitchen, pantry, deposits, rooms of the servants, stables, etc.

    It also highlights a salon with "ancient" America maps from the 16th century.


  • It was built in the 18th century for the General don Domingo Carlos Tristán del Pozo. The property had numbers owners and numerous restorations. One of the last owners was the "society Ricketts", which turned it into the headquarters of the firm's offices, so I took the name of Ricketts House. Today this House is owned by Banco Continental.

    The Casa Tristan del Pozo has an area of approximately 200 square meters, is of mestizo Baroque style as it has figures corresponding to the pre-inca period. The facade is an architectural gem, since it is the best expression of the civil and colonial architecture. Its front is made up of a high wall that ends in a stepped cornice, gargoyles with head of puma, four windows (two per side) and a stunning carefully decorated doorway, they are the windows them constitute one of the original elements of the architectural design in the region.


  • One of the most famous tourist places in Arequipa, a real Citadel of 20,000 m2 founded in 1579, serves as a convent of nuns of the Santa Catalina de Siena order. Its attraction originates in the beauty of its architecture, whereas the best reflection of the Viceregal Peru splendour, is a work of ashlar white and pink, with a set of narrow alleys and narrow streets surrounded by arcades, which make their way between striking courtyards, cloisters, gardens, squares and the old facility of the whole.


  • The ashlar Quarries in the Arequipa city is located in the northwest part of the town, comprising the Yura, Cerro Colorado and Uchumayo districts. That area is known as the quebrada de Añashuayco, ("Gorge inhabited by the Fox", in quechua) is born on the slopes of the Chachani volcano and flows into the right margin of the Chili River, having an area of approximately 18 kilometers.

    What is commonly known as "ashlar", is a pyroclastic rock that has formed from volcanic ash, originated after the departure of burning clouds to the Earth's surface through fissures in the Chachani volcanic complex million years ago.

    In Arequipa, the word "ashlar" is the name given at the time of the colony to form stone blocks parallelepiped, used in the construction of churches, mansions, bridges and other buildings. This word was extended to the material and its use was popularized to become synonymous.


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