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Arequipa: Private Tour to The Ashlar Route

Product ID: 197254
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Enjoy a very entertaining and insightful tour to the Ashlar quarry and explore the origin of this white stone that gives Arequipa its characteristic look, which is known as the White City.
About this activity
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Duration 3 hours
Starting time 8:40 AM
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English

Pickup included

At your accommodation in downtown Arequipa.

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  • See a demonstration of the extraction process by a local interpreter
  • Learn about the historic and natural importance of this site to the region
  • See the amazing representation of the Compañía de Jesus Church, which is carved in a huge ashlar wall
Full description
Discover the origin of Arequipa's amazing architecture on this half-day tour through the Ashlar Route, also known as Rute del Sillar. The Añashuayco Quarry is located in the northeast of the city of Arequipa. This site originated more than 3 million years ago thanks to the intense lava and volcanic gas activity in the area.

During your tour, you will see where hundreds of men extracted the white volcanic rock with which most of Arequipa's most important buildings, including the cathedral and old mansions, are made from. Explore the site and learn about the white stone´s extraction process. This place also presents evidence of the presence of the Wari Civilisation, whose members carved various petroglyphs on the stone. The local quarry workers have inherited the knowledge of cutting, carving, and extraction techniques from their ancestors. 

At the end of the tour, you can acquire handcrafted artwork and souvenirs made from the white ashlar from Añashuayco. After the visit, you will be transferred back to your accommodation in the city.
  • Pick up and drop-off at your accommodation in central Arequipa
  • Professional tour guide who speaks English or Spanish
  • Entrance fee
What’s Not Included
  • Food or drink
  • Gratuities

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Jacket
  • Insect repellent
  • Cash
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Alcohol and drugs
Know before you go
• Please provide the full name, date of birth, nationality, and passport number of each participant when booking because it is required in order to confirm your booking.
• Please advise us of your arrival date and the name and address of your accommodation in order to organize your transportation.
• Children must be accompanied by an adult.
• Sales tax must be collected for Peruvians or foreign visitors who stay in Peru for more than 60 days; if applicable, sales tax will be collected by the local operator.
• For inquiries about services including start times, pick-up points, and incident reports such as health problems, flight delays and cancellations, please contact the local provider by the MASI chatbot.
• MASI: @masitravelpartner through Facebook Messenger. You will need to enter your identity document number with which you generated the reservation. This service is available 24 hours prior to the start of your activity.

From US$ 137 Per group up to 1