Cheap Flights to Arequipa Airport

If you're traveling to Peru, you've probably already heard about Cuzco and Machu Picchu. While beautiful in their own right, those locations are so popular with tourists that it can be hard to truly enjoy the sights and sounds of Peru! Arequipa, on the other hand, is a hidden gem despite being the second-largest city in Peru. It's a great option for travelers looking to experience all of the ruins, food, culture, and stunning landscapes that Peru is known for without the crowds!

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Getting to Arequipa Airport

Rodrigues Ballon Airport (also known as Arequipa Airport or AQP) is a regional airport offering domestic flights to Arequipa from Lima, Cuzco, Juliaca, and Tacna. It's served by a wide variety of local carriers, including Peruvian Airlines, LC Peru, and more. To get to this airport from Canada, you'll need to stop at one of the previously mentioned cities first. 

Canadians can travel to Peru for up to 183 days (determined by the immigration officer when you enter the country) without a visa, as long as your passport is valid for at least 6 months past your date of departure. Be sure to check the Government of Canada's website before traveling for vaccination requirements and travel advisories.

The Best Time To Visit Arequipa

The best time to visit Arequipa is during the winter months of May to September. That way, you'll skip the rainy season and can enjoy comfortable, warm weather the entire time. If you head to Peru during the shoulder season (early spring or late fall), prices are cheaper, but you will have to deal with at least a few rainy days. All of the main tourist attractions are open year-round.

What to Do in Arequipa

Arequipa is home to a rich mix of indigenous and Spanish colonial culture, making it an especially attractive tourist destination. Also known as the "White City", it is filled with gorgeous colonial buildings made of stark white stone. It is surrounded by mountains, volcanoes, canyons, and deserts, making it a great starting point for some exciting sightseeing. Some of the local attractions include:

  • Santa Catalina Monastary, which is open to the public, offers guided tours, and is home to about 20 nuns of the Dominican Second Order.
  • Casa Del Moro, a colonial house built around 1730 that remains one of the most well-preserved in the world. It houses a wide variety of period pieces and beautiful artwork.
  • Plaza de Armas Arequipa, the main square of Arequipas featuring a beautiful cathedral, shops, and cafes to explore.

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