The distance from Arequipa to Ayaviri is 209 mi (336 km) and it takes about 11 hours of travel. Civa is the transportation company that covers this route, with bus tickets at s/. 40. Buses leave on a schedule from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. from the Terminal Terrestre of the central area of Arequipa, destination to the Terminal Terrestre de Ayaviri. The climate in Ayaviri is of tundra, very cold and with an average temperature of 44 °F (7 °C) throughout the year.
Arequipa is known as the legal capital of Peru and also known as the "White City". This name comes from the style of the city's arquitecture using a white volcanic stone as the main material to build. Arequipa is one of the biggest cities in Peru and it's as well ranked 3rd destination of the country for its tourism. We advice you to visit the majestic Cathedral of Arequipa, the church of San Domingo and the Santa Catalina monastery. To have a nice view of the city, climb up to the Yanahuara view point. You can also visit the Misti volcano. If you are lucky, you will be there for the Arequipa carnival, one of the most well-known carnivals, celebrated in February and March.
Ayaviri is known for its customs and traditions, that survive through time. It's the rancher capital of Peru and the residents have a bullfighting passtime and they love indigenous dances. The Kajkcha is the most traditional Ayaviri dance and it's one of the most important festivities of the region. The patron saint festivity is Virgen de la Alta Gracia and it stands out from other festivities because of the bullfighting they make; this event promotes spirituality and passion. During this celebration the visitor can enjoy the kindness of the locals, tasting the typical dishes of the region and participating on the activities offerd by the "alférez" (hosts of the celebration); you can also see the dances and the folklore music. You can't miss the "kankacho", a kind of roasted meat on the oven. One of the main festivities of Ayaviri is la Virgen de la Candelaria in January. The payment to the Earth ("Pacha Mama") is part of the rituals on the celebrations. Ayaviri also has natural attractions as the mountain Kolqueparque, considered sacred by locals. In addition to the beautiful lanscape, this mountain's hillside harbors the thermal waters Pojpoquella, very requested by visitors.