Five Free Things to do in Arequipa
5. Window Shopping at San Camilo Market
First thing on our list of free things to do in Arequipa is San Camilo Market. San Camilo is the main local market serving the city center with everything from carrots and potatoes to pig intestines and alpaca heads – Plenty of photo opportunities here!
4. Trek in Chilina Valley
Also within walking distance from the center, take a walk up the Chilina Valley, following the route of the Rio Chili towards the mountains.
The green farmlands and shade of the trees are a welcome break from the dry heat of the rest of the city and its surroundings.
3. Plaza Yanahuara Viewpoint (Mirador Yanahuara)
Yanahuara is one of the oldest districts in Arequipa, with winding cobbled streets and traditional white-stone buildings and little local restaurants, it’s like stepping back in time. The Mirador de Yanahuara, only 20 mins walk from the center, offers spectacular views over the city.
2. Feeding the birds in Plaza de Armas
Many of us can remember a time when our parents took us to the park or the city center to feed pieces of old bread to the birds. What better place to relive your childhood than in the middle of a UNESCO World Heritage Site?!
1. Free walking Tour
The final activity on our list of free things to do in Arequipa is to take a free walking tour. There are 3 different independent companies providing FREE tours around the center of town. During the tour, your guide will show you the main points of interest and telling you a bit about the history of the city, even telling you which restaurants serve the best local foods. If you’re lucky, you may even get some free samples!
All you pay is a small (optional) tip to the guide at the end. They don’t earn a salary or hourly payment so tips are always appreciated. (10 Soles per person is quite a reasonable tip. That’s less than $3USD)
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