Private tour

Arequipa: Private Tour to The Ashlar Route

Activity provider: LimaTours

Arequipa: Private Tour to The Ashlar Route

Activity provider: LimaTours

From US$ 61 per person

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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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup included
At your accommodation in downtown Arequipa.
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • 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
  • Discover the impressive Añashuayco Quarries.
  • Admire this city built with "sillar", a volcany porous stone.
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.
Includes
  • Professional bilingual tour guide (Spanish and English).
  • Touristic transportation.
  • Admission to Añashuayco Quarries and Sillar Route
  • Personal expenses
  • Souvenirs
  • Photos
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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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
  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • Pick-up from hotels located at Arequipa Historic Center.
  • This activity does not include the pick up from private residences (Airbnb). If passengers stay in them, please contact us days prior the start of the tour, in order to coordinate a meeting point for the pick-up.
  • 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.
  • The use of face masks in public places is no longer mandatory due to a decrease in COVID infection in Peru. With the exception of health facilities, ground transportation services and closed spaces without ventilation. However, it is recommended that persons over 60 years of age who have received less than three doses of COVID continue to use the KN95 mask for preventive purposes.

Product ID: 197254