Located in the historic centre of Arequipa, in a UNESCO protected site, this former monastery dates back to the year 1540 when the city was founded. Reviving the soul of a forgone Parador and inspired by the dedicated way monks would receive travellers, CIRQA pays homage to its heritage by carrying on Arequipenean warm traditions. In appreciation for its history, the parador combines its original sillar stone architecture with contemporary nuances.
Unwind in one of our eleven exquisite rooms, each pertaining to one of three categories: Claustro, Aposento and Bóveda.
Surrounded by art, history and architecture, Cirqa also offers a large variety of excursions in and around Arequipa.
Cirqa’s cuisine is inspired by the taste and ingredients of the traditional Arequipenean countryside picanterías, but in a contemporary format.
Unwind in one of our eleven rooms, belonging to three categories: Claustro, Aposento and Bóveda.
Surrounded by art, history and architecture, CIRQA offers a large variety of excursions in and around Arequipa.
CIRQA's seasonal menu is inspired by fresh and local flavours of the traditional Arequipenean countryside picanterías.
CIRQA has been part of Arequipenean history since the city was founded and shares an age-old bond with the San Agustin Church Paying respect for its heritage and honouring its original concept, CIRQAs was inspired by the monk’s traditional paradors where they received travellers offering them unbounded hospitality and hearty cuisine.
In 1540, the year in which Arequipa was built, the land was divided between its founders and the Spanish nobility of the time. The land on which CIRQA sits was granted to Alonso De Luque, a renowned scribe. He later bequeathed it to the Augustinian Order requesting to build a church with cloisters, patios, orchards and gardens as well as a sepulchre for him and his wife under the future altar of Saint Nicholas of Tolentino.
— “Circa” — Preposition ● FORMAL ●
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The name CIRQA alludes to ‘circa’ in its attempt to determine a certain moment or period in time. Written with a Q as in Arequipa it emphasises the strong connection to the city’s history, traditions and heritage.
Arequipa, Peru's second largest city, is the heart of the southern travel circuit and is often referred to as the White City, due to its abundant sillar stone architecture. Home to three snow-capped volcanoes, this colonial gem is distinctive for its colourful monasteries, cobblestone streets and renowned gastronomic heritage, making it a favoured destination.
Arequipa has a year-round sunny climate with temperatures ranging from 10°C to 25°C (50ºF - 77ºF) and barely any rainfall. At 2,328 m.a.s.l. (7,637 f.a.s.l) Arequipa reveals spectacular scenery and is the perfect gateway to acclimatise to the altitude before continuing on to the higher destinations.