In the centre of Arequipa there are over a dozen Internet cafes, including several on most of the streets radiating from the Plaza de Armas. It is possible to find places offering Internet access at $0.30 per hour.
The post office is located on the first block of Moral.
Austrian Consulate, Quinta Tristán K-9, José Luis Bustamante y Rivero, T 424768.
Belgian Consulate, Av. Lima 401, T 216669.
Bolivian Consulate, Mercaderes 212, of. 405, T 213391.
British Consulate, Av. Tacna y Av. Arica 145, T 241340.
Chilean Consulate, Mercaderes 212, of. 400, T 226787.
Italian Consulate, Centro Comercial La Salle D-15, T 221444.
Spanish Consulate, Ugarte 218, 2nd floor, T 214977.
Swedish Consulate, Av. Villa Hermosa 803, T 252499.
Swiss Consulate, Av. Miguel Forga 348, Parque Industrial, T 229998.
Crime and safety
There have been many incidents of taxi drivers assaulting passengers, and to avoid this it is best to use reliable taxis. In general, taxis from companies with phone numbers and names prominently displayed, are safer, and so should be used if possible.
The tourist police station is located at Jerusalén 317.
The best private clinics in Arequipa are the Clínica Arequipa (Corner Puente Grau and Av. Bolognesi, Yanahuara) and the Clínica Monte Carmelo (Gómez de la Torre 119, Urb. Victoria). The EsSalud hospital is located at the corner of Peral and Ayacucho. The Hospital Honorio Delgado is located on Av. Salaverry.
The immigration office is located at Parque Dos, Quinta Tristán, T 421759. Take a taxi from the centre.
Lavandería Alemana is located at San Camilo 501-B.
Lavandería Cayro is located at Jerusalén 311.
Lavandería Del Pueblo is located at Puente Bolognesi 342 and Alvarez Thomas 558.
Combis and buses
Combis and buses go to all parts of the city. From the centre, the best place to catch combis is from Sucre (heading towards Tingo) and Cruz Verde (heading towards Yanahuara and Cayma). There is a flat fare of $0.20.
Taxis are the easiest way to get around Arequipa, charging $0.70 for a standard journey. Always take a taxi with a company logo, as there has been a spate of assaults by robbers posing as taxi drivers. Phone 212121 for reliable taxis.
Banco de Crédito (Visa cash machine) at the corner of General Morán and San Juan de Dios.
Banco Santander (Visa cash machine) at Moral 101.
Banco Continental (Visa cash machine) is at San Francisco 108.
Interbank (Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus cash machine) at Mercaderes 217.
Banco Wiese Sudameris at Mercaderes 410.
There are plenty of money changing shops in the centre, especially opposite bank branches.
Sport and activities
There is a good sports club, Club Internacional (Av. Bolognesi, Yanahuara), by the river, where there are excellent sports facilities (two swimming pools, tennis, football, frontón, a gym). There are also football pitches and frontón courts in the parks in many residential neighbourhoods. There is an Olympic-size public swimming pool in Cayma.
The local team, Melgar, is in the Peruvian first division. The team plays either at the Estadio Melgar or at the UNSA stadium.
Bull fights take place in August when Arequipa celebrates its founding. Unlike in most of the world, the fight takes place not between a bull and a man, but between two bulls, and neither of the bulls is killed at the end. Fights tend to take place outside of the city is the country districts.
There are races most days at the Hipódromo in José Luis Bustamante y Rivero.
There are toilets in the Panorámico shopping centre. Always carry toilet paper, as many toilets, even in restaurants, do not provide any.
The tourist information office is located on the Plaza de Armas and has good information on the main attractions in the area.
There are dozens of travel agencies in Arequipa offering tourist services for travellers. Most offer similar trips, mainly to the Colca Canyon. Trips to other destinations, including climbing the nearby volcanoes, may need to be arranged privately. Acuarius Travel (Santa Catalina 104) and Cevitur (Santa Catalina 102) are decent, cheap agencies. Gold Tours (Jerusalén 206), Ricketts Turismo (Santa Catalina 200), Lima Tours (Santa Catalina 120) and Cóndor Travel (Puente Bolognesi 120) are a bit more expensive, but offers better tours.
Guides are available through the travel agencies, and there are good guides at Santa Catalina Convent and the Museo Santuarios Andinos.
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