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The Sillar Route Tour from Arequipa

Experience the magic of the Sillar Route with our half-day tour to Añashuayco Quarry from Arequipa. Delve into the fascinating world of the renowned white volcanic stone as you explore the quarry’s stunning landscapes and learn about the traditional techniques used to extract and shape this unique material. Immerse yourself in the rich history and architectural heritage of Arequipa while marveling at the intricate details of the Sillar stone.

General information

Price / 45 USD

You must pay before the tour starts

Availability

Everyday

Pick up time

8:00 am

Duration

4 hours

Included / excluded

Hotel pick up & drop off

Air-conditioned vehicle

English speaking tour guide

Entrance to the quarry

Food & drinks

Gratuities (optional)

Full description

Embark on a fascinating half-day tour starting from Arequipa city at 8:00 am. Our first stop is the Añashuayco quarry, where the largest amount of white stone used in Arequipa’s buildings is extracted. This special stone, known as sillar, is made from volcanic rock called ignimbrite. It gives Arequipa its nickname as the “white city” due to its light-colored appearance. The abundance of this stone in Arequipa makes it a symbol of the city.

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During this 4-hour tour, you’ll have an exciting time exploring the quarry and the nearby Culebrillas canyon, which is part of the famous Sillar Route. As you wander through the quarry, you’ll be amazed by the beautiful sculptures carved on the walls, showcasing the skilled craftsmanship of the workers. They will even take the time to teach you how to cut the stone, and you’ll have the unique opportunity to try it yourself. It’s an incredible hands-on experience that allows you to connect with the artistry behind this remarkable stone.

Meeting point

You will be picked up from your accommodation in Arequipa.

What to bring

Comfortable clothes

Comfortable shoes

Sunscreen