Puente Grau, Arequipa

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A rocky river rushes under the elegant stone arches of Puente Grau, while snow-capped mountains serve as a backdrop. Designed by architects Juan Rodriguez and Manuel H. Prado, the bridge was constructed in 1884. While modern infrastructure has developed around it, the bridge remains a timeless landmark on the Arequipa horizon. Stop to snap your picture here, and then tour the nearby neighborhood for more historic architecture. Make Puente Grau part of your personalized Arequipa itinerary using our Arequipa online road trip planner .
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  • A nice bridge to contemplate the volcanoes of Arequipa! To see if you have a little time, because this bridge is not in the historical center.
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  • We lived in Arequipa for a year about 5 minutes from this bridge so we used it almost every day. It's a bridge! You cross it to go places like the two malls ten or fifteen minutes up the road, the won...  more »
  • Crossing this bridge over the Chili river is nice, because on one side you have the riverine city of Arequipa, and on the other the Chilina valley and Selva Alegre park.  more »

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Most accommodations in Arequipa cluster on the east side of the Chili River. The historical center offers the best selection of options, with plenty of budget hostels and mid-range hotels scattered throughout its streets. For something quieter, look north to the neighborhoods of Zemanat and San Jacinto. If you're looking for a suburban experience, stay in the western neighborhood of Yanahuara.
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