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Founder's Mansion (La Mansión del Fundador)
Founder's Mansion (La Mansión del Fundador)

Founder's Mansion (La Mansión del Fundador)

Vía Paisajista, Huasacache - Jacobo Hunter, Arequipa, Peru, 04011

The Basics

Due to the mansion’s location around 6 miles (10 kilometers) outside the Historic Center of Arequipa, Founder's Mansion attracts fewer crowds than some of the buildings in the Old Town. The mansion is a popular stop on Arequipa countryside tours, which nearly always include stops at the 18th-century Sabandia Mill (Molino de Sabandía) and the traditional agricultural district of Paucarpata. Opting for a guided tour means that you’ll be able to sit back and soak up the scenery of El Misti volcano rather than worrying about reading maps.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Founder's Mansion plays an important role in Arequipa’s colonial history, making it a must-visit for history buffs.

  • Visitors must purchase an admission ticket to enter the mansion.

  • Founder's Mansion is accessible on a hop-on hop-off bus tour, which allows you to create your own itinerary and spend as much time as you like at each stop.

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How to Get There

Founder's Mansion is a 20-minute drive from the Historic Center of Arequipa, depending on traffic. Visitors can travel to the building in a private taxi or, for maximum convenience, as part of a countryside tour.

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When to Get There

Founder’s Mansion is open daily from 9am to 5pm. Like most of Arequipa’s buildings, the mansion is made of sillar rock, which makes for a cool haven from the daytime heat; consider a midday visit.

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The Mighty El Misti

As you explore the countryside of Arequipa, you’ll be treated to spectacular views of El Misti, the snow-capped volcano that’s responsible for the city’s sillar (white-rock) architecture. El Misti, however, isn’t just for admiring from afar: Hiking enthusiasts can summit the mountain on a 2-day hiking tour, which allows you to climb to 19,000 feet (5,800 meters).

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