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The gleaming sillar arches of CIRQA immaculately transport visitors back to Arequipa's origins

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CIRQA is an intimate boutique with astounding architecture. This paradise is rich in cultural history, and the only hotel of its calibre in the historical centre of Arequipa. The soul and character of a 16th century monastery and parador has been expertly retained and stunningly refined.

Demonstrating a sensitive reinvention of the past, CIRQA boasts exposed ancient walls, vaulted corridors and soaring barrel ceilings. The thought behind the creation of this gorgeous lodge is visible throughout. Just a short walk to the Santa Catalina Convent and the Plaza de Armas it feels as though you are lodged in history. 

Steeped in history, this lodge still has its contemporary flourishes. Benefit from the virtues of the beaming White City from the rooftop terrace with an organic garden bordering the panoramic views of El Misti. Feel refreshed from the plunge pool in a central courtyard, and rejuvenated after an all-natural spa treatment. 

Feel privileged and enriched by your stay here, wake up to light flooding through the floor-to-ceiling, arched windows leading onto a sunny courtyard that has been a sanctuary for centuries. Explore the historic city of Arequipa and return in the evening for delicious local cuisine grown on site and curated by artist chefs. 

Call us on +44 117 313 3300 to start planning your holiday, we’re looking forward to hearing from you


The Property

There are 11 charming rooms in CIRQA that are set around two colonial-style outdoor patios. The building was founded in 1540, the same year as Arequipa itself. You will be staying on a selected world-heritage site here, a protected ancient monastery that was formerly a wing of San Agustin Church. CIRQA maintains the legendary tradition whereby the traditional Parador and the hospitality of the monks who inhabited it, provide food and a comfortable night’s stay for travellers passing through the city. This has now developed into a highly luxurious lodge with impeccable hospitality. 


Benefit from exclusive views over the city and the volcanic backdrop from the rooftop restaurant and bar, the Terraza. The Salón is both the dining room and sitting area, complemented by warm lighting and large fire-pits for snug evenings in the grand surroundings. Enjoy the benefits from the spa, or a massage and relax on the outdoor terrace near the heated plunge pool. Full-house booking is available for those looking for an exclusive retreat for family and friends. 


Indulge in the curations of Maria Fé García, the executive chef who offers a unique take on Arequipan cuisine with a special emphasis on local ingredients. Inspired by the aromas throughout the city, the kitchen team brings forth a native blend of flavours and local secrets. The Salón and Terraza take traditional picantería dishes and bring them into a contemporary format with colour and imagination, captivating the essence of Arequipa, its legacy and traditions. The rooftop eatery is accompanied by an organic garden with 360 degree views of the city, its cathedral and the mountain surroundings. 

Why Wayfairer

At Wayfairer we are incredibly selective with the lodges we chose to partner with. Arequipa is a city with such rich cultural heritage that is brought to the forefront of CIRQA’s endeavours. This is a really special stay nestled right into the Historic Centre of a highly important city. The architectural work done here is a marvel that is worthy of applause, and the efforts to make the operation of the lodge environmentally sustainable are - like all of our lodges in Peru -  outstanding. 

On a Wayfairer adventure, we ensure that all needs are catered for with a 24hr Luxury Concierge Service, and the most compassionate local guides in each location. Along with our care of clients, we also care deeply for the locations we enter into, respecting these and leaving places unscathed by our visit.

Call us on +44 117 313 3300 to start planning your holiday, we’re looking forward to hearing from you


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