Observe live the ancestral process of extraction of blocks and the carving of the ashlar realized by the hand of the man.
Meet the quarries and the Sillar on a 4-hour tour
Build your own apacheta!
The Sillar route runs through the interior of the quarries, which transport the visitor to the origins and understanding of how the historic center of Arequipa was declared CULTURAL HERITAGE OF HUMANITY by UNESCO. When visiting the quarries in operation you will be able to observe live the ancestral process of extraction of blocks and the carving of the ashlar realized by the hand of the man.
All year round
Hotel and hostel pickup
Central area, Arequipa
09:00 / 14:15
IMPORTANT: April 6th and 7th, 2023:
We start the tour at the meeting point: Cathedral door (Plaza de Armas) at 08:45am and 01:45 pm
We start the tour at 8:30 am/ 2 pm with the pickup from your hotel or hostel.
At 9 am/ 2:15 pm We begin our tour from the historic center towards CANTERAS, on the way we will know details about the constructions based on the volcanic rock (Sillar) provided by our professional guide.
On the way, our first stop will be at the Zamacola viewpoint approx at 10:10 am//03:10 pm, where we can see the 3 volcanoes from another angle that surrounds the city such as MISTI, CHACHANI and PICHU PICHU in which we can take 360 ° panoramic photos.
Around 10:30 am//03:30 pm we continue with the journey to the quarries; the place where the white city originated, we will enter the quarries where we will observe the immense stones worked by the hand of man.
Then we will have an experiential time to share and interact with these peculiar characters the ancestral technique of ashlar extraction that is still preserved from colonial times to the present.
Continuing with our tour we will board in the transport to visit the CANTERA VÍRGEN DE CULEBRILLAS where we will walk around for 20 minutes. Inside, we will feel a mysterious and unique environment where we can see the presence of petroglyphs that will transfer us to the life and beliefs of the ancient man as this is a sacred place with pink walls, then we will see the presence of apachetas where their symbolism will be known They will also have the experience of putting together their apacheta.
After having made the walk we board the bus to return to the city center.
We will be arriving Arequipa approx.at 1 pm / 06:20pm.
08:30 to 09:00 / 14:00 to 14:15
Pick-up from your hostel or hotel.
09:00 / 14:15
From the center to the CANTERAS
10:10 / 15:10
Stop at Zamacola viewpoint, you will see 3 volcanoes
10:30 / 15:30
10:50 / 15:50
Time to interact with the ashlar
11:50 / 16:50
Stop at Cantera Virgen de Culebrillas
12:50 / 17:50
Return to the city center
Arrival to Arequipa
- Entrance to Canteras de Añashuayco
- Entrance to Quebrada de Culebrillas
- Extra expenses
- Wear light clothes, comfortable shoes.
- Bring water.
- Bring sunscreen, repellent, sunglasses.
- Extra cash (There is no option to pay by card)
Cancellation or changes of this tour:
CHANGES: It is FREE to change the tour date before 6:00 pm (Lima time) the day before the tour begins.
NO SHOWS & CANCELLATIONS: If you cancel the day prior to the tour before 6:00 pm (Lima time) or earlier, a 10% administration fee (+ the card fee) will apply. After this time, there is a 100% no-show or cancellation fee.
You must email firstname.lastname@example.org (include the name of the tour and the reservation number) to cancel this tour or to make any changes.
I can not find the place where I am staying at the time of booking the tour, What should I do?
The agency only picks up from hotels or hostels that are in the historic center, it’s not possible to pick up from houses or apartments. Choose the closest alternative to the place where you stay and be ready there at the time of the tour.
At the end of the tour. Is it possible to take me back at the hotel?
No, the end of the tour is one block from the main square because it is a strategic point to go to different places around the downtown.
Can I bring pets?
No, because it could bother other travelers.
Does the place of the visit have toilets?
Yes, In the place there are toilets.
Can I buy SOUVENIRS at the place of the visit?
Yes, In the second point of the visit there are small shops that offer specific souvenirs based SILLAR, the minimum cost is S /. 5.00.
How is the weater?
In the morning the weather is sunny/ in the afternoon the weather is fresh.