Sillar Route in Arequipa and viewpoint of the Volcanoes

3 to 4 hours (Approx.)
Pick-up offered
Free cancellation
1 - 15
Mobile ticket


The ashlar is the origin of the architecture of the White City and its tourist route is developed in the district of Cerro Colorado. In addition to the natural landscapes of the area, you can observe the process of extraction, styling and megatallado of the ashlar.

It has the necessary infrastructure and tourist services such as interpretation workshops, with the presence of sillar cutters; information panel areas; tourist signage; parking lot; Purchase of handicrafts in sillar and rest areas.

The sillar route is managed by the Sillar Cutters Network - Arequipa. It currently comprises a length of 2, 000 meters, covering the quarries in operation of Añashuayco, Cortadores and the virgin quarry of Culebrillas.



What to expect

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Canteras de sillar Añashuayco, J9RR+4G3, Cerro Colorado 04017, Peru

You can see the murals where the ashlar is carved in an artisanal way, also the routine performed by the workers in the area.

You will also know the shingles cannon, a small pink ashlar cannon, formed naturally.

Duration: 50 minutes

Stop At: Canteras de Sillar, Quebrada de Anashuayco, Arequipa Peru

Las quarries, a protected natural area since today, is an attractive place to appreciate the origin of the ashlar, volcanic stone characteristic of Arequipa.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Ruta Del Sillar, Canteras de anashuayco, cerro colorado, Arequipa 04017 Peru

It allows to know the origin of the ashlar, representative stone of what most of the constructions of the historical center of the city are made.

The impressive stone carvings, the shingles road, where a small pink ashlar canyon is formed, natural area, ideal for taking photos and knowing the most remote origin, this area is completely virgin and protected, and you can not do work to your surroundings.

After that they will return to the city center where they will contrast observing the great ashlar constructions made from ancient times.

Duration: 40 minutes

Meeting point

Plaza de Armas, Arequipa 04001, Peru
Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up is done by hotels within the city center, otherwise, the meeting point will be in the main square of Armas. The preferred point would be at the main gate of the Plaza de Armas in the morning shift it would be 8:00 am or in the afternoon shift 2:00 pm.

Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers


  • Entry/Admission - Canteras de sillar Añashuayco

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
October 2021

The Sillar Route appears to be pretty unimpressive, and that would seem to be a problem regardless of tour operator. I signed up for a tour in English, but this tour was multilingual. I was the only customer who spoke English, so the operator spoke very little English during the tour. I don't ...

June 2021

This is a great trip for those who are looking for something to do for a few hours. During this tour, we got to learn about the volcanic material that was used to build certain parts of Arequipa. Also, while driving we learned about the different volcanoes nearby. I would recommend this tour.

April 2020

Very interesting to see the white mountains and natural rock walkways. Tour guide was excellent and over all was a great tour. Can be a tough walk to get through, but worth it based on physical ability.

February 2020

On time pick up at the hostel. Very decent guide (our excursion was in spanish) talked at length about Arequipa and answered questions well. Sometimes guides sound too rehearsed and stumble when questioned, this was not the case. Sillar route is something to see and if you have a time constraint ...

February 2020

We visited two sites;the first we were shown how the sillar blocks were cut from their raw state. But most interesting to me was the walk in the dry petroglyph canyon. It was a relatively easy walk, and the highlight of the excursion.

Lucie P
January 2020

The tour was done in a mini van. Our guide Marlene was very knowledgeable. The walk in the canyon was a bit rough / tricky for people with mobility problem. Make sure to wear good shoes and enjoy rge half-day. The demonstration was nice and it is a unique experience.

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