The Sillar Route

Full Day

The Sillar Route is a captivating tour that immerses you in a unique combination of history, living culture, and adventure. On this journey, you will discover why Arequipa proudly bears the title of “The White City.” Over the years, we have used Sillar, a volcanic stone, as a building material for houses, churches, and mansions, contributing to the city’s distinctive aesthetic. By delving into the extraction of this stone called Ignimbrite, you will learn about its formation and have the opportunity to interact with stonemasons who have upheld this ancestral tradition. Moreover, you will be able to capture unforgettable moments by photographing the unique landscapes found only in this part of Peru.

Book our Sillar Route tour and get ready to enjoy an enriching journey filled with history, vibrant culture, and exciting experiences.


Day 1: Añashuayco Quarries – Culebrillas Quarry

We will depart for the Cerro Colorado District to immerse ourselves in the Añashuayco Quarries, a space where the harmony between natural landscape and living culture will provide you with an unparalleled experience.

We will explore the area of cutters, where hand-carved marvels, such as impressive rock faces up to 30 meters high, facades, and colonial reliefs, will capture your attention. You will have the opportunity to visit artisan workshops, where stonemasons will guide you in the interpretation of the laborious art of carving sillar stone.

During the Sillar Route tour, you will hear stories and experiences from the master stonemason, known today as “cutters.” You will witness how larger blocks are cut and see the impressive work of sculpting smaller blocks of sillar stone using ancestral tools that have been passed down through generations. In this area, you will have the chance to acquire crafts and souvenirs created with quarry sillar.

Our next destination will be the Culebrillas Quarry, a natural formation sculpted by water and wind erosion. Its name comes from the narrow rows of stones that provide us with the sight of a “virgin quarry,” an experience that evokes feelings of grandeur and mystery. In an area where paths converge, you will find rock faces with petroglyphs of various shapes, possibly influenced by the Wari culture.

Finally, we will return to the city and transfer you back to your hotel.



  • Pick-up from your hotel.
  • Tourist transportation.
  • Bilingual guide.

Not included:

  • Accident insurance.
  • Unmentioned items.





Travel Recommendations:

  • Wear comfortable and suitable clothing for walking on uneven terrain.
  • Use sturdy and comfortable footwear, preferably hiking boots.
  • Carry a small backpack with water, snacks, and sunscreen.
  • Bring a light jacket or coat, as mountain weather can be changeable.
  • Use sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses on sunny days.
  • Carry cash in Peruvian soles and US dollars (there are no ATMs).
  • Ensure you have your identification documents with you.
  • Respect the natural environment and follow the guide’s instructions to preserve the beauty of the attraction.

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