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Ruta del Sillar Tour: 2021 Updated information about the Ruta del Sillar Tour in Arequipa from itineraries, prices, FAQs and more!
Discover the UNESCO World Heritage of Humanity site that transports you back to the origins of the beautiful Arequipa.
Below we have created our extensive guide on Ruta del Sillar in Arequipa based on our expert local knowledge, having helped transport over 250,000 travelers here since our formation in 2013.
Peru Hop does not operate any Ruta del Sillar tour. To see Peru Hop’s recommended operators for this tour read below.
Price: $12 USD
Times: 09:00 am or 2:15 pm
Duration: 4 hours
Meeting point: Pick-up from hotels and hostels in central Arequipa
Special deal for Peru Hop Passengers: Tours booked via Find Local Trips allow date changes up until the evening before your tour begins at no extra cost.
Minimum age: 8 years old – must have parents permission
08:30 am / 2:00 pm
Pick-ups from hotels and hostels in central Arequipa.
09:00 am / 2:15 pm
The tour begins from the historic center towards Canteras. On the way, we will learn about the constructions made from the volcanic rock: Sillar. provided by our professional guide.
10:10 am / 3:10 pm
This will be the first stop – the Zamacola viewpoint. Here you’ll be able to see a different-angled view and get 360º panoramic photos of 3 volcanoes that surround the city such as Mist, Chachani, and Pichu Pichu.
10:30 am / 3:30 pm
From here the journey continues to the quarries – the place where the white city originated. You will enter the quarries where you’ll observe the immense man-made stones.
After that, you’ll have a unique experience observing ashlar extraction that still uses an ancestral technique that is still preserved.
Continuing with the tour, you will board the private transport to visit the Cantera Vírgen de Culebrillas. Inside, you will feel a mysterious and unique environment where you can see the presence of petroglyphs that will transfer you to the life and beliefs of the ancient culture. Then you will see and learn about the apachetas (stone pyramids), and will be able to recreate your own one!
After walking through the sacred site, you will board the bus to return to the city center.
1:00 pm / 06:20 pm
Arrive back to Arequipa.
Ready to witness a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Arequipa?
The Ruta del Sillar is located in Canteras in Arequipa, Peru. To access the site you will have to start a tour in Arequipa,
You have 3 options to get to Arequipa:
The quickest way to reach Arequipa is by plane but this means you will miss seeing everything along the way. The airport does not receive international flights so this option is only available to those already in Peru. Upon arrival, take a taxi for a 30-minute ride to Plaza de Armas where most hotels and hostels are located.
Public buses from Lima take roughly 17 hours to reach Arequipa with no stops. Although you can find some comfortable buses, usually being the most expensive ones, it is a long journey and you will miss all of the things to see along the way.
Peru Hop has buses to Arequipa, as well. The bus passes include stops where you can choose to hop off along the way to Arequipa. Our stops from Lima to Arequipa include Paracas, Huacachina and Nazca. If you take a Peru Hop bus From Cusco to Arequipa you can choose to stop and hop off in Puno.
At the end of the tour, is it possible to take me back to my accommodation?
No, the endpoint of the tour is one block from the main square. It’s a strategic point to go to different places around the downtown.
Does the place of the visit have toilets?
Yes, toilets are available.
Can I buy souvenirs at the place of the visit?
Yes! On the second point of the tour, there are small shops that offer specific souvenirs – prices start from 5 soles.
How is the weather?
In the morning the weather tends to be sunny.
Can I combine the tour with a tour to the Colca Canyon?
Unfortunately no, you will need to depart on separate days.