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 & inspired by the dedicated way monks would receive travellers, CIRQA pays homage to its heritage by carrying on warm Arequipenean traditions. In appreciation for its history, today the Parador combines its original sillar stone architecture with contemporary nuances to welcome guests.
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.
Our historic property, previously linked to the San Agustín Church, is located one block from Arequipa’s main square, right in the city centre.
Unwind in one of our eleven rooms, belonging to three categories: Claustro, Aposento, & Bóveda.
Surrounded by art, history, & architecture, CIRQA offers a large variety of excursions in & around Arequipa.
CIRQA's seasonal menu is inspired by fresh & local flavours of the traditional Arequipenean countryside picanterías.
CIRQA has been part of Local history since the city was founded, & shares an age-old bond with the San Agustin Church.
Paying respect for its heritage & honouring its original concept, CIRQA was inspired by the monk’s traditional lodging; they received travellers & offered them unbounded hospitality & hearty cuisine.
In 1540, the year Arequipa was built, the land was divided between its founders and the Spanish nobility of the time. The site on which CIRQA sits was granted to Alonso De Luque, a renowned scribe. He later bequeathed it to the Augustinian Order, requesting that in exchange they 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.
1. — “Circa” — Preposition ● FORMAL ●
(Used especially with years) about or approximately
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 & heritage.
2. — “Sirca” — Noun
(Used especially in reference to chilli peppers) veins
The name CIRQA alludes to the word ‘sirca’, colloquially used in reference to the pith & ribs of the Rocoto pepper – an emblematic Arequipenean ingredient – in an attempt to highlight the close relation between the Parador & the local gastronomic culture.
Arequipa, Peru's second largest city, is the heart of the southern travel circuit & 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, & renowned gastronomic heritage.
Arequipa has a year-round sunny climate with temperatures ranging from 10°C to 25°C (50ºF - 77ºF) & barely any rainfall. At 2,328 m.a.s.l. (7,637 f.a.s.l) Arequipa reveals spectacular scenery & is the perfect gateway to acclimatise to the Andean altitude before continuing on to higher destinations.