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It can be found roughly 500 miles from Lima, the nation's capital city.
When the sound of the sea beckons, grab the sunscreen and head to First Beach, 18 miles away.
The area surrounding La Punta features some natural havens with beautiful scenery and local plant and animal species. Santuario Nacional Lagunas de Mejía, about 5 miles away from La Punta, is one example.
You'll need to head 18 miles northwest to get to Mollendo. Here you have the chance to visit Elias Aguirre Plaza and Mollendo Central Market.
Arequipa, a regional center, is another interesting place to visit. It lies about 55 miles from La Punta and boasts a variety of decent things to do and see, including Petroglifos de Toro Muerto, Arequipa's Historical Museum and Ricketts House. Catholic University of Santa Maria and Molino de Sabandia are also well worth spending time at.
Adventurous visitors who want to get out and explore the beautiful landscapes should try mountain biking and mountain climbing.
It's good to slow down the pace from time to time. Coincidentally, this region and its locals agree! Feel the stress melt away as you head out for some shore fishing or bird watching.
Bring along an open attitude and sign up for some guided nature walks, city walking tours and culinary tours.
The Arequipa area has some locations to enjoy swimming, so be sure that you fit that into your itinerary. Rafting is one more perfect excuse to put on some sunscreen.
If the weather isn't that great, go to the region's art museums, history museums, palaces and mansions.
If you get some good weather, why not take the opportunity to explore the region's farms and open-air markets?
Combine education and fun when you stop by the region's historic sites. In particular, you should make an effort to see some of its traditional villages and old towns.
Searching for a place of solitude? Don't miss visiting the region's churches, cathedrals and monasteries.
To truly know the essence of Arequipa, you have to accustom yourself with its particular aromas and flavors.
Plunge into the depths of this gastronomic landscape by trying local ingredients. Among the most prized are chicken and pork.
Ceviche (raw fish in lime juice) and chanfainita (beef lung dish) are both much-loved menu items with their own unique tastes.
If you're in need of a tantalizing treat, mazamorra morada and arroz con leche (purple corn custard and sweetened milk) is recommended.
If exploring the world of beer is your style of travel, grab a table with your mates and get a round of Arequipeña. Clink your glasses and enjoy one of the area's most beloved brews.
Inca Kola (Peruvian Coca Cola), an alcohol-free option, can be enjoyed at any time of the day.
Don't depart without tasting Chicha de Jora (fermented corn-based alcoholic drink). This spirit is ideal for those that like a hard drink.
Break down cultural barriers by practicing some useful phrases in Spanish during your stay. Mucho gusto Encantado is how you say pleased to meet you. No comprendo (I don't understand) is also good to know.
An exciting national celebration, Independence Day is something you'll want to experience first-hand. It takes place on the 28th of July.
We all wish vacations could go on forever. However, you'll have to bid "Hasta la vista" to La Punta sooner or later. At least once you return home you'll have plenty of crazy stories to tell!
For catching your flight home, make your way to the nearest airport. It's 60 miles to the north.
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Situated near the beach in Mollendo, this hostal is close to Mollendo Central Market, Elias Aguirre Plaza and First Beach.
Situated near the beach in Mollendo, this hostal is close to Mollendo Central Market, First Beach and Elias Aguirre Plaza.
Situated in Mollendo, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Mollendo Central Market and First Beach. Elias Aguirre Plaza is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) away.