The Sillar Route

Tour to the Sillar quarries in Arequipa - AƱashuayco and Culebrillas.

The Sillar Route

Sillar quarries tour in Arequipa - AƱashuayco and Culebrillas.

08:00 - 08:30 H. We will pick you up from your Hotel in the city of Arequipa.

08:30 Aprox. We start our journey towards the Sillar Route, which is a tourist route with a lot of history and living culture, where you visit quarries and areas where Sillar originated.

* Before reaching the first quarry, we will make a brief tourist stop in the main square of the Cayma district where we can take photos of ourselves in the plaza and with the local Church. With the wonderful background of the Volcan Misti. Another of the obligatory visit points is a small viewpoint from where we will have a spectacular panoramic view of the three volcanoes that we have in Arequipa: Misti, Chachani and Pichupichu, this viewpoint is located in the Cerro Colorado district.

* The first point where we will stop will be the AƱashuayco Quarry; to which we will arrive in 45 minutes approx. It is currently in operation, the stonemasons carry out their work very early; in the place we will be able to appreciate an immense canyon with cliffs (ignimbrite walls) that are several meters high, formed by extraction for the formation of the Sillares. At this point we will tell you the history of the ashlar, the elaboration and the use that has always been given to it. In this quarry you can see a Mega-carving of the Church of the Society of Jesus made by the stonemasons themselves. We can also visit some of them so that they can explain us how their daily work is and they can make us experiment by cutting one of their stone blocks ourselves.

* We will immediately move to the Quebrada de Culebrillas, which is 30 minutes away from AƱashuayco. Arriving at this point we will take a walk of approximately 25 minutes inside the small canyon that was formed by the passage of the water, which has walls of 15 to 20 meters, while we make the descent in it the walls of the canyon increase in height. At the end of the walk we can see petroglyphs made by the Wari culture over a thousand years ago. Before returning to the city we will observe the Apachetas that are stone formations placed one on top of the other that are a symbol of gratitude towards nature and also an attraction of good luck which cause a mystical feeling.

11:40 H. We will start the return journey to the center of the city of Arequipa.
12:40 H. Arrival to the city of Arequipa and we leave them very close to the Plaza de Armas. end!

What to bring for this tour?

* Clothing suitable for short walks.
* Bring sneakers or walking shoes.
* Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, repellent.
* Water and light snacks.

It includes

1. Tourist transport during the entire tour by Car, Van, Van or Minivan.
2. Official Bilingual specialized guide (shared) in private service is with and without a guide.
3. Pick up from your respective Hotel in Arequipa historic center.

Does not include

1. Ticket to the sillar quarries s /. 5.00 soles.
2. Lunch.
3. Gifts, souvenirs, personal purchases.


1. In shared service the pick up is valid for hotels in the Arequipa area, in case the service is private, it is anywhere in Arequipa city.
2. All minors (-18) must travel accompanied by at least one of their parents or with notarized permission.
3. Tours are in shared and private service as contracted.
4. In case of No show or cancellations they will be charged 100%, postponements 10 days in advance without charges.