Sillar Route Tour – Arequipa

In this tour of the Sillar Route we will visit the volcanic stone quarries, transporting us to the origins and the way in which the historical center of the city of Arequipa was built.

We will visit the enigmatic Culebrillas ravine, an imposing virgin quarry in a narrow path formed by the erosion of water and wind over time. In addition to experiencing sensations of majesty and mystery in the Sillar Route, we can find petroglyphs.

We will also visit quarries in current exploitation and we will observe live the ancestral process of extraction of large blocks and carving of ashlars made by the stonemasons with simple tools such as the barreta, the camber and the chisel.

During the tour of La ruta del Sillar, we will be surprised to see how hard-working masters carve the front of the church of the Compañía de Jesús on a cliff, demonstrating singular skill and dexterity.

What does this tour include?

What is not included in this tour?


  • Shared group service.
  • Do not hesitate to write to our WhatsApp in case you want private or family service.
  • The tour is conducted in two languages: English and Spanish.
  • Pick-ups from the hotel are made when you are in the city center.
  • If your hotel or Airibnb is not in the historic center, we will coordinate a meeting point.
  • Sturdy footwear, sneakers recommended
  • Warm clothing, including jacket, fleece, gloves, scarf and hat. Thermal clothing is also recommended depending on Arequipa’s climate.
  • Hat or cap to protect from the sun, rain and cold.
  • Sunscreen and/or moisturizer for face and body.
  • Water and snacks: energy bars, chocolates, fruit, granola or cookies.
  • Your own medical kit with any special medications you may need.
  • Cash in local currency, preferably low denomination bills and coins.
  • Binoculars (if desired).

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Home The Sillar Route

  • 9:00 a.m. Departure from Arequipa’s Main Square or hotel pick up if it is located in the city center.

Departure will be at 9:00 hrs. from the meeting point: Plaza de Armas of Arequipa or pick up from hotels located in the center of the city.

The Routes of Sillar

Managed by the network of sillar cutters, the sillar route is known for showing the sillar, a volcanic stone used for construction in Arequipa,

  • 9:30 a.m. Quarries of Añashuayco

When you arrive at Añashuayco, you will be able to observe all those murals where the ashlar is carved by hand and the routine of the workers in the area.

You will also be able to see the Culebrilla Canyon, which is a naturally formed pink ashlar canyon. In addition to the “farallones” which are high ignimbrite walls. You can also see in this quarry, the church of the Society of Jesus made by the workers.

Quarries of Sillar and Quebrada de Añashuayco

After an hour of visiting the Añashuayco quarries, we will go to the Sillar quarries, which is a protected natural area and a tourist site that allows visitors to observe the origin of Arequipa’s volcanic stone: the sillar.

  • 13:00 hrs. End of the Arequipa Sillar Route and return to the city.

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