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Cirqa

  • AREQUIPA HOTEL COURTYARD
  • AREQUIPA HOTEL COURTYARD
  • AREQUIPA HOTEL ROOFTOP
  • AREQUIPA HOTEL BEDROOM
  • AREQUIPA HOTEL BEDROOM
  • AREQUIPA HOTEL BATHROOM
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An exquisite boutique hotel in a restored former monastery right in the heart of Arequipa's historical centre. 

Dating back to 1540 - the year in which Arequipa was founded - Cirqa pays homage to the dedicated way monks would receive travellers. Listed in the prestigious Relais & Chateaux portfolio and located just a block from Arequipa's main square, the hotel is a superb place for discovering the city on foot, and to relax and unwind after a day's exploring.

There are just eleven guest rooms centred around the main terrace, each one stylish and intimate with discreet modern amenities. Cirqa embodies Arequipa's traditional architecture by flaunting its original sillar volcanic rock walls and many original features have been preserved, including ornate arches and vaulted roofs.

The hotel also offers its own restaurant, inspired by the rural Arequipenean picanterías, and its rooftop bar is a wonderful spot for sundowners under the watchful gaze of Misti volcano.

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What our clients say

  • Highlights?: Maccu Picchu and the trains to and from the Sacred Valley, also the hotels in Cusco and the Sacred valley.

    AJ, London
  • The Peru holiday was all very well constructed. Favourite parts were the floating islands, the nocturnal canoe trip and the trek to Macchu Picchu. Organisation was brilliant and it all…

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  • We really enjoyed the whole trip and found the Peruvian people very friendly and helpful and determined to better themselves and their country.

    SJ, Cambridge
  • For me, I think that it was the Lords of Sipan and Royal Tombs Museum, and the Temple of the Moon at Trujillo. For Angela, it was Tucume and the…

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  • I really liked variety on this trip - amazing culture, history, nature all in one trip. Machu Picchu tour was great, excursions in rainforest were very memorable.

  • "The people, mixing with the Peruvian people in the markets, talking and laughing with them."

    JL, Cobham
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Paul Winrow-Giffin Travel Expert After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.

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