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Centro de Información de Turismo y Cultura de Arequipa: The municipal tourism office has information on the city’s and canyons’ attractions. Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Portal de la Municipalidad 112, Plaza de Armas. Tel: 204-801, URL:

I-Peru: Right next door to the municipal tourism office is the helpful I-Peru office, which dispenses information on what to see and do in Arequipa, Colca and Cotahuasi Canyons and other attractions in the region. I-Peru also has a branch in the airport, in the main hall and at arrivals (Tel: 444-564). Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Portal de la Municipalidad 110, Plaza de Armas. Tel: 223-265, E-mail:, URL:

Auto-Colca: Colca Canyon’s tourism board has an office in downtown Arequipa. Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-noon. Ca. Puente Grau 116. Tel: 203-010, E-mail: /, URL:

Indecopi: You can file complaints about tourism services here. HipĂłlito Unanue 100A, Urb. Victoria. Tel: 212-052

Migraciones (immigration): Parque 2, Quinta Tristán. Tel: 421-759.

Sernanp (national park office): Manzana C, Lote 3, Urb. La Marina Cayma. Tel: 271-346

Tourism Police: Ca. Jerusalén 315-316. Tel: 201-258.

Touring y AutomĂłvil Club del PerĂş: Av. Goyenche 313. Tel: 603-131, E-mail:, URL:

The following countries have consulates in Arequipa:

Belgium: Ca. Santa Catalina 101. Tel: 608-281.

Brazil: Ca. Luna Pizarro 401, Vallecito. Tel: 206-562.

Chile: Ca. Mercaderes 212, of. 600, 6th floor. Tel: 223-947.

Finland: Ca. San José 110, int. 102. Tel: 200-004.

France: Ca. Santa Catalina 208-A. Tel: 215-579.

Germany: Ca. Ugarte 207. Tel: 229-798.

Italy: Urb. El Bosque, Casa 2, Cayma. Tel: 274-353.

Netherlands: LeĂłn XIII D-13, Cayma. Tel: 257-436.

Poland: Ca. Jerusalén 401-B. Tel: 206-217. Spain: Ca. Ugarte 218, 2nd floor. Tel. 205-747.

Switzerland: Av. Miguel Forga 348, Parque Industrial. Tel: 229-998.

Sweden: Urb. Bello Horizonte I-2, Cayma. Tel: 251-499.

UK: Ca Santo Domingo 123, of. 406. Tel: 226-994.


Most banks have their main offices near Arequipa’s Plaza de Armas, with branches throughout the city. Their hours generally are Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Most change U.S. dollars. ATMs may be found not only at banks, but also grocery stores, gas stations, shopping malls and other businesses.

Banco Continental/BBVA: Ca. San Francisco 108.

Banco de la NaciĂłn: Has a MoneyGram agent. Ca. Rivero 107.

BCP: Exchanges American Express travelers checks. Ca. Morán 101.

HSBC: Ca. La Merced 101.

Interbank: Exchanges American Express travelers checks. Ca. Mercaderes 217.

Scotiabank: Has a Western Union agent. Ca. Mercaderes 410.

Citibank is in Cayma, west of the RĂ­o Chili. Av. Cayma 612, 1 block from Centro Comercial Cayma.

Several “mini-malls” of casa de cambios (foreign-exchange bureaus) may be found on the 100-block of Calle San Juan de Dios, such as Galería Banco Popular del Perú (Ca. San Juan de Dios 120), and the 100-block of Calle Jerusalén. All change U.S. dollars and euros; some also deal in British, Chilean, Bolivian and other currencies, as well as travelers checks.


Internet cafés—many doubling as locutorios (phone centers)—are common throughout downtown. Those around the Plaza de Armas are more expensive than those on side streets, but have better services. To send a post card or package to the folks back home, go to the Serpost post office (Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Ca. Moral 118). International, private couriers are: DHL (Ca. Santa Catalina 115. Tel: 517-2500) and Fed Ex (Av. Belaúnde 121, Yanahuara. Tel: 256-464).


The main public health facility is Hospital Honorio Delgado Espinoza (Av. Daniel Alcides Carrión. Tel: 231-818); you can get vaccinations here, including the yellow fever vaccination. A highly recommended private clinic is Clínica Arequipa (Puente Grau and Av Bolognesi. Tel: 599-000, E-mail:, URL: Policlínica Social Alemán has inexpensive consultations and some personnel that speak English (Ca. Bolognesi 202. Tel: 440-107).

All of the major, nation-wide chains have pharmacies on Calle San Juan de Dios at Calle Santo Domingo and on Calle Jerusalén at Calle Mercaderes. InkaFarma has extended hours (daily 7 a.m.-1 a.m. Ca. Santo Domingo 113. Tel: 204-685).


The best place to go to get your laundry done is Calle Jerusalén, where over a half-dozen laundromats can get your dirty clothes washed and dried in three hours. Most also do dry cleaning.


Alberto’s (Galería Colonial, Shop 50, Ca. San Juan de Dios 206. Tel: 213-577) repairs digital, analog and video cameras

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