Free walking tour of Arequipa

Experience the best free walking tour of Arequipa, stroll through the entire historic center with a knowledgeable guide. At the end of the free walking tour, you are welcome to make a donation based on the quality of the walking tour.

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Operation of this tour:
Book now! — we are operating all free tours in Arequipa in English and Spanish. We have morning and afternoon meet-up times. No need to text us on WhatsApp unless your group is big.


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Meeting point
  • Find our partner on the pasaje Catedral 123 (behind the Cathedral Basilica), look for the Red Vests – chacu travel.
  • Please read the Meeting Point tab for more details.
  • Please, read the Details Tab so you see the terms of the itinerary.
Tristán del Pozo house — interior visit

It is a mansion built in 1738 during the colonial period, owned by General Domingo Carlos Tristán del Pozo and his wife Ana María Carazas. Its facade and courtyard are the most beautiful in Arequipa, which is why it is known as “The House of Art in Arequipa.”

Mario Vargas Llosa’s Library — interior visit

Mario Vargas Llosa was born in 1936 in the city of Arequipa. He is the most iconic Peruvian writer, having won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2010. During this free tour, you will learn more about his life and works at the library that bears his name.

Fundo El Fierro

The oldest prison in Arequipa, now a beautiful Spanish-style building.

San Lázaro neighborhood

Discover the oldest and most traditional neighborhood of Arequipa. Your guide will show you the most emblematic mansions and alleyways of this place: Callejón Violín, Cristales, Desaguadero, Ripacha, Calienes, Combate Naval, Bayonetas, among other Spanish streets.

Mundo Alpaca – Zoo

Discover the types of alpacas, their history, their importance in the local economy, and how to differentiate alpacas from llamas.

Plaza San Francisco
Old Spanish colonial mansions
Santa Catalina Monastery – exterior visit
Plaza de Armas
  • Municipal Palace — exterior visit
  • Cathedral — exterior visit
  • Spanish water fountain
Waya lookout point

To seal this tour, you will visit a beautiful viewpoint from where you can see the historic center and the famous Misti volcano.

Ending point

This free tour ends very close to the Plaza de Armas.

Schedule and Language

10:00EnglishEvery day2.15 h
12:30EnglishEvery day2.15 h
15:00EnglishEvery day2.15 h
10:00SpanishEvery day2.15 h
12:30SpanishEvery day2.15 h
15:00SpanishEvery day2.15 h
We don’t operate on December 25 and January 1. The duration is approx.

Meeting Point

Find our partner on the pasaje Catedral 123 (behind the Cathedral Basilica), look for the Red Vests & Red Umbrella – chacu travel.


It’s a free tour, it is 100% free to book — once the tour is done, leave an awesome donation.

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Operability and itinerary

  • The itinerary of our free tour is subject to variation without prior notice, due to weather conditions, strikes, the guide’s decision and any other event that does not allow the normal operation of the tour.
  • Our Guides always do their best to make the itinrary very interesting.


  • We always wait about 10 minutes after the meet-up time because there are tourists who arrive late.
  • Do always arrive on time at the meeting place.
  • If you arrive late, neither your Guide nor the company will pick you up, you can normally call you Guide on WhatsApp but we don’t assure you that he will answer you, keep in mind that your Guide is guiding.


  • About 15 walkers per group; however, sometimes there may be much less walkers or much more.
  • Many walkers book and don’t show up, or they don’t book but show up, we can never ensure an exact number of walkers.
  • We require a minimum of two walkers to run the walk, which we have to 99%, if there is only one walker, we will reschedule you.
  • Kids: You can bring them to the free tour; however, sometimes kids get bored quickly, even though the Guides do their best. Remember that you can also book a private walking tour.

Type: Group tours — no private walks

Size: 15 walkers approx.

Accessibility: Not suitable for people with reduced mobility.

Included: Professional and licensed Guide.

No Included:

  • Tips
  • Personalized service

What do I bring?

  • Sweaters
  • Good walking shoes
  • Caps or hats
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain ponchos

How do I book?

  • Fill out the form
  • Put your data correctly
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  • * Groups of larger than 10 walkers, contact us first
  • * No tour agencies are allowed to book


Cancellation: Reply the confirmation e-mail we sent you and cancel.


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