Learn about the White Cities history as you walk through the Main Plaza
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All of the tour guides are licensed, qualified and speak both English and Spanish
On our FREE TOUR you will discover Arequipa and it's cultural and historical heritage. We will show you the modern city and give useful recommendations to enjoy your stay in the city.
Monday through Saturday
Maroma Bistró Restaurante, Calle Ugarte 109
Near the Main Square
FREE TOURS BY FOOT
ONLINE BOOKING NOT AVAILABLE
Meet us at Maroma Bistró Restaurante, Calle Ugarte 109 just o2 blocks away behind the Cathedral and look for “Free Tour Downtown Arequipa” Signage. DO NOT GET CONFUSED.
Morning Free Walking Tours: 10 am
We start in the Plaza de Armas talking about the city and foundation, we can appreciate the cathedral outside and its magnificent architecture of the 19th century. We will continue to the Casona Tristán del Pozo, a colonial baroque style house where you can appreciate more about the life of the first Arequipeños. We will also pass by The Monastery of Santa Catalina (outside).
Later we will visit the Mario Vargas Llosa Library, in honor of the first Nobel price of literature in Peru, Here we will talk about Peru in the 80's and '90s and the importance of education.
Then we will go to Plaza San Francisco, to appreciate its church, square and the first jail in Arequipa. We continue to the San Lázaro Neighborhood the oldest neighborhood in the city. Then we will go to the Grau Bridge to get to know the famous Chili River and then we will walk to the Yanahuara viewpoint, where we will appreciate the view of the city and the 3 volcanoes. Finally, we will finish with a Cheese ice cream tasting.
Afternoon Free Walking Tours: 2 pm
We will start the tour in the Plaza de Armas talking about the city and its importance, we can appreciate the cathedral outside. We will also pass by The Monastery of Santa Catalina (outside). We continue to the cloisters of San Agustín, today part of the University of Arequipa.
Then we will go to the Tambos, former colonial resting places for travelers. Then we will visit the San Camilo Market, the oldest and largest in the city where we will taste the seasonal fruits and you will be given 5 min to buy the fruits you want. We will continue to the Church and Cloisters of the Society of Jesus, considered the first place of education in the city by the Jesuits.
Finally, we will have a tasting of Pisco Sour, the national cocktail.
*** There is no need to book in advance! It's a Free Tour, just show up! ***
09:55 - 10:00 / 13:55 - 14:00
Meeting Point at Maroma Bistró Restaurante, Calle Ugarte 109
10:00 - 12:30 / 14:00 - 16:30
Visit the center of Arequipa, Casona Tristán library del Pozo, Mario Vargas Llosa library, San Lázaro neighborhood (the oldest in arequipa)
12:30 / 16:30
Tour ends near the Main Square
- Bilingual guide
- Tours in English and Spanish.
- Tips for the guide.
- For the morning tour bring hats, sunscreen, and sunglasses.
- For the afternoon tour bring a light jacket.
- Bring comfortable walking shoes.
- Bring water.
- Do not forget the cameras.
- Bring extra money for shopping.
- Do not forget to always bring a friendly smile.
No cancellation policies
What should I bring to the tour?
Comfortable shoes, a bottle of water, sunscreen and sunglasses, camera, rain poncho and some warm clothes as the weather can always change.
Is this walking tour really for free?
This tour is free. Only if you consider it, can you tip the guide at the end of the tour.
Do the tours ever get cancelled due to the weather?
The show must go on! Our tours go out rain or shine. Dress appropriately for the conditions. If the weather is bad your guide will include as many “bad weather” indoor stops as possible. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. However, Free Tours by Foot may cancel or postpone the tour due to extreme weather.
Will I have problems with altitude sickness on this tour?
Altitude sickness can catch many travellers a little bit off guard. Not everyone gets sick in high altitudes and it is difficult to predict who is likely to be badly affected by it. For most people it is nothing more than a headache and some dizzy sensations that diminishes over a short period of time. 1 to 2 days for most people. If you want to limit your chances of getting sick though, there are a few things you can do. Firstly, do not fly directly into high altitude proceed slowly allowing your body time to acclimatise as you ascend gradually. However, for many that is not possible so further steps to take: Drink lots of water and slow down!! This sounds simple but both of these things are very important. Your body is struggling because you don’t have enough oxygen so avoiding any strenuous activity is a good idea. Chew some Coca leaves, the native people of South America have been chewing coca for centuries thanks to its ability to alleviate mild altitude sickness symptoms. Coca leaves can be bought in any supermarket and even souvenir shops or street stalls. Take (Soroche) Altitude Sickness pills these are sold over the counter all over Peru and Bolivia and are just a few dollars. If you are flying straight into altitude over 2500meters, without spending any time at an intermediate elevation and you’re worried about getting sick, you can ask your doctor for more specific and stronger altitude sickness medication in advance. In the rare case that you symptoms are more severe than a headache and mild dizziness you should seek to descend in altitude and seek medical assistance.