Things to Do in Moquegua



Top 7 Things to Do in Moquegua



Top 7 Things to Do in Moquegua

Moquegua is a city in southeastern Peru, capital of the Department of Moquegua and of the Province of Mariscal Nieto, located at 1,410 meters of altitude, on the western slope of the Andes mountain range, in the coastal valley of the Moquegua River. The word Moquegua comes from the Quechua word Mukiwa and means, “In good time to have a humid land”. In this blog article, we present you 8 incredible things to do in the department of Moquegua.


How to get to Moquegua ?

There are two ways to get to the town of Santa Catalina de Moquegua:

  1. By plane, it takes  around 2 hours; and it is with connection in the city of Arequipa or Tacna
  2. By car, it takes 18 hours


Where to sleep in Moquegua ?

In Moquegua you will find from really cheap hostels to much more comfortable hotels from 1 to 5 star. Most of the accommodations are located around or close its main square.

One of the most important things, if not the most important of the trips, is the lodging. Normally this represents 50% or more of your expense and can make your stay unforgettable, in a good or bad way.

To book a hotel always keep the following in mind:

  • Location.
  • Access to public transport.
  • Cleaning.
  • Breakfast.
  • Free WIFI.
  • Room size.
  • Treatment of staff.
  • Quality of service.
  • Read reviews from other travelers.


Things to do in Moquegua ?

Peru is full of charms, this region proves it with its attractions. Treat yourself to learn a little more about this beautiful Peruvian destination.

If you would like to visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu; click on the following link: Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu by train.


City of Moquegua

This city that keeps a great colonial heritage in its streets, houses and squares. In addition, it is recognized for its delicious cuisine. In this city you can visit: the main square of Moquegua, the Santo Domingo church, the facade of the old Santa Catalina de Alejandría mother church and the Contisuyo museum.

Top 7 Things to Do in Moquegua

Campiña Moqueguana

This is a place full of fertile valleys that produce excellent pisco and wine. A place full of colonial wineries, which have the best wine reserves in the area. You can visit: Parras y Reyes winery, Paredes winery, rayito de sol winery, Biondi winery, Zapata winery, Los Camilos winery and el Mocho winery.

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A city that stands out for its delicious breads, empanadas and sweet donuts; In addition, it has incredible natural, colonial and archaeological attractions. In this city you can visit: the stone mills of Torata, the archaeological site of Cerro Baúl, the Mollesaja waterfall, and local bakeries located in the center of Torata.

Top 7 Things to Do in Moquegua

City of Ilo

A city located on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, it is ideal for practicing artisanal fishing and enjoying impressive landscapes of the south coast. In this city you can visit: the José Gálvez Glorieta, the San Gerónimo temple, the Fiscal Muelle, the naval museum and the Artesanal Pier.

Top 7 Things to Do in Moquegua

Punta Coles

Ideal place to enjoy nature and rich biodiversity in southern Peru. It has an extraordinary variety of birds and marine fauna such as: pelicans, boobies, guanayes, tendrils, Humboldt penguins, seagulls, among others.

Top 7 Things to Do in Moquegua

Beaches of Ilo

Crystal clear waters, fine sand, relaxation and more, have the impressive beaches of Ilo. Some of them are perfect for practicing adventure sports. The most recommended beaches are the following: Boca del Río beach, Waikiki beach, Platanales beach, Puerto Inglés beach, and Pozo de Lisas beach.

Top 7 Things to Do in Moquegua

Chiribaya Site Museum

It protects and makes known part of the population history of the southern area. It has ceramic artifacts, mummies, textiles and more.

Top 7 Things to Do in Moquegua

What are the top attractions to visit in Moquegua ?

  1. City of Ilo
  2. Beaches of Ilo
  3. Campiña Moqueguana


What are the most popular things to do in Moquegua with kids ?

  1. Campiña Moqueguana
  2. Torata
  3. City of Ilo


If you would like to get to Machu Picchu hiking; click on the following link: Machu Picchu Treks.


5 typical and exotic dishes from Moquegua


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La Chacharrada


typical peruvian dishes
Patasca Moqueguana


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Cuy Frito


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Moqueguano de Camarón


typical peruvian dishes
Sudado de Machas




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