Arequipa is compact, and most of its top attractions can easily be seen on foot and with an occasional taxi. The historic center is built around the stately Plaza de Armas, marked by the cathedral on the north flank and porticoed buildings on the other three sides. Most sites of visitor interest, including most hotels and restaurants, are found in the blocks immediately north of the plaza. A few blocks west of the main square is the Río Chili and, beyond it, the residential neighborhood Yanahuara and La Recoleta monastery. Two bridges, Puente Grau and Puente Bolognesi, lead from the center to these areas. A double-decker bus offering tours of the city and countryside is the imaginatively named Bustour, Portal de San Agustín 111, Plaza de Armas (tel. 054/203-434; www.bustour.com.pe); with daily departures ranging from 2 1/2 to 4 hours in length (S/25-S/40).
By Taxi -- Taxis are inexpensive and plentiful, easily hailed on the street, and best used at night. Most trips in town cost no more than S/4. To call a taxi at night, try Taxi Seguro (tel. 054/450-250), Taxi Sur (tel. 054/465-656), Master Taxi (tel. 054/220-505), or Ideal Taxi (tel. 054/288-888). An excellent private driver for trips to Colca and elsewhere is Manuel Pino Torres of Privatour (tel. 054/952-6495).
By Car -- A car isn't necessary in Arequipa unless you want to explore the countryside, especially Colca and/or Cotahuasi canyons, independently. Try Lucava Rent-a-Car, Aeropuerto Rodríquez Ballón (tel. 054/650-565) and Centro Comercial Cayma no. 10 (tel. 054/663-378); and Avis, Aeropuerto Rodríquez Ballón (tel. 054/443-576) and Palacio Viejo 214 (tel. 054/282-519).
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.