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Arequipa (Matarani), Peru-port

Discover the height of civilization in Arequipa with its Colonial style Spanish architecture and white buildings made from volcanic ash. Marvel at the barren moon-like landscape of the desert as you ascend to Arequipa. Stroll through the central Plaza de Armas surrounded by cathedrals and government buildings, flowering gardens and fountains. Visit the Monastery of Santa Catalina from the 16th Century with its colorfully painted interior walls. The Museo Santuarios Andinos (Museum of Andean Sanctuaries) boasts treasures that have never been photographed or seen beyond the museum walls. Shop for top-quality alpaca and vicuña woolen goods, high-end leather, art books, handicrafts and antiques. Enjoy a Peruvian drink of Pisco under the brilliant blue and sunny skies of this mountainous setting.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Mejia Beach & Mollendo
    Light Activity /Walking

Mejia Beach & Mollendo

Light Activity /Walking

Duration: 2 3/4 hours

Tour Code: ARE-001

A panoramic tour of Mollendo and visit to nearby Mejia Beach are the highlights of this brief, but enjoyable tour.

Until approximately 50 years ago, Molendo was the main port on Peru's southern coast until Matarani was developed. Today, it is essentially serves as a local fishing port and during the summer season, hosts many visitors from Arequipa who flock to the beaches, despite the fact they are subjected to the Humboldt Current that brings frigid water from Antarctica.

Your tour begins with a 25-minute drive from Matarani into Mollendo, where you will drive past the town's main highlights, such as the historical republican houses. Following a 30-minute tour of the city, you will make your way to the Mejia Lagoons National Sanctuary that is located on the coast of Arequipa, near the origin of the Tambo river.

The lagoons are separated from the ocean by a large fringe of beaches and sandy pits. Within this protected area that covers approximately 1,704 acres, you'll find several different habitats, including lagoons of different degrees of salinity, salt marshes, reed patches, salt mines and wild grass. All of them combining to form a diverse and complex ecosystem. The Sanctuary is home to 157 species of birds, of which 72 are residents, 62 are regular visitors, and 24 sporadic visitors.

After approximately 1-hour at the Sanctuary, you will re-board your coach and transfer directly back to the pier in Matarani.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of easy to moderate walking that can include natural and uneven surfaces at the Sanctuary. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Casual, weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.