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The Sillar Route In Arequipa

The Sillar Route In Arequipa

About 14 kilometers northwest of Arequipa, in the Cerro Colorado, are these huge ashlar quarries that originated millions of years ago, where you can observe the process of obtaining, carving and carving of this stone, originated by the eruptions of the Chachani volcano.

Most of the materials from which most of Arequipa’s buildings were constructed are extracted from this site. The sillar is a volcanic stone very abundant in the region, which is used for the construction of buildings and the elaboration of handicrafts.

For some, it is the Petra of South America. The Sillar Route is two kilometers long and is one of the important places you should visit in Arequipa to get to know the characteristic architecture of the city.

WHAT CAN WE SEE AND DO ON THE SILLAR ROUTE?

Observe and learn the artisan work of cutting and carving the ashlar. You will be able to see the whole process of extraction, cutting and carving of the ashlar. In addition, tourists are taught to do it with their own hands. Do you dare to try?

BEST DATES TO VISIT

Thanks to Arequipa’s climate, the sillar route can be done practically any time of the year. However, you should be especially careful during the rainy season (December – February) because it can make the visit difficult, and if there are heavy rains, there could be a risk of landslides. It is best to ask your tour operator who will be able to advise you based on experience. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

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