Last update: 18 May 2015


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Lula’s B&B

Arequipa - Peru


Please note that Lula’s B&B is neither a hotel nor a hostel, but (as the Lonely Planet states) “a charming [family run] apartment-style B&B“, with three bedrooms. All the rooms are with private bathroom/shower-WC, international cable TV and WiFi (ADSL wireless).


„Komfortables B&B in einer grossen und modern eingerichteten Privatwohnung der sehr hilfsbereiten peruanischen dt.-spr. Sprachlehrerin Juana Lourdes Díaz Oviedo de Seelhofer.“

Reise Know-How Peru/Bolivia Travel Guide (Germany)


           Who will be your hostess?

My name is Lourdes („Lula”). I am a real Arequipeña, born in Santa Isabel de Siguas, some 80 kilometres north of the city and raised later in the city of Arequipa.

Since the mid eighties, I have lived, together with my Swiss born husband, in various countries of the Americas (Mexico, Guatemala, Haiti, Dominican Republic) as well as in Switzerland. In 2002 we returned to Arequipa.

Language-wise, non-Spanish speakers will not have problems: I am/we are fluent in English, German, and French.

My main job is teaching (Spanish) and running (together with my husband) a Spanish Language School (EDEAQ), located half a block (one minute) from the main square („Plaza de Armas”) in Arequipa. My school is the only one in Arequipa that is recognised by the Peruvian Ministry of Education, and the intensive courses are recognised as Bildungsurlaub („Leave for Further Education”) in a number of states in Germany. We (i.e. my school) are members of the Arequipa Chamber of Commerce and of the Association of Hotels and Restaurants of Arequipa. – Please refer to:

In your first mail (French or German written is ok too), when entering your reservation request, please let us know when (date and approximate time of arrival) you will arrive in Arequipa, and how many days you plan to stay, and from where you write. And do not forget to give your full name (first name and family/last name) andthe names of anz people travelling with you. You will receive our reply by e-mail within 24 hours. – Arequipa and its surroundings are beautiful and interesting, offering many must-see tourist attractions; so plan enough time to spend here.

I look forward to saying hello to you in Arequipa in the not too-distant future.

Mrs. Juana Lourdes Díaz Oviedo de Seelhofer
Casilla 11, Arequipa - Peru
Phone: +51 54 27 25 17 or +51 95 956 82 17 or +51 95 934 26 60

Where, exactly, are we located?

We are on the top floor of a modern building (please note: there is no elevator/lift, but this has never been a real problem) on a small hill in the Cayma District in Arequipa. Our neighbourhood is very quiet, the air quality is excellent, and we enjoy splendid views, also from our roof terrace: westwards to the city of Arequipa, eastwards to the Andes (Chachani, Misti).

The view from theroof terrace - as well as from the living/dining room downstairs - is just fantastic.

The "ground floor" bedroom is quite spacious, with a lot of light and with two (standard size) beds (WiFi and cabel TV available), and you have your own bathroom (hot water shower/WC). There is a desk where you can read or write or place your laptop, and there is enough space for your belongings in a built-in wardrobe. In the event of cold nights in July and August, we will put an electric heater in your room, if you so wish. From your room, you enjoy a splendid view overlooking the city of Arequipa.

While not exploring Arequipa and its surroundings, you can, of course, enjoy the roof terrace, the large living/dining room or the small living room, where you will find Cable-TV (including BBC, CNN in English and Spanish, Deutsche Welle, Télévision Française, RAI, Televisión Española, Peruvian and other Latin American Channels, Movie Channels, Sports Channels, etc.) and a lot of books (including dictionaries, travel guides, etc.). We also maintain quite an impressive collection of CDs and cassettes with Latin American music and the classical repertoire (Mozart in particular).

Enjoy some additional pictures: the view towards the Misti from the „Mirador de Cayma” (a viewpoint approximately 150 m from our house); a typical alley near the Plaza Yanahuara, and Arequipa’s main square („Plaza de Armas”).

The “Penthouse”: On the upper/top floor, a recently refurbished “penthouse” (with WiFi and cabel TV) is available. It includes a master bedroom (queen size bed) with a small (computer) desk, plus a small bedroom (standard size bed), and a private bathroom/shower-WC. Tenants can also make use of the adjacent roof terrace (with the most spectacular view to the Chachani and the Misti), where breakfast will be served and where they will find a semi open-air kitchen with basic facilities, such as a small stove, refrigerator, microwave, blender, coffee machine, plus plates and cutlery as well as the necessary kitchen utensils.


A computer is at your disposal, which means that you have Internet access 24/7. You may also use your own device (laptop/notebook, tablet, iPad, smartphone, etc.) - WiFi is available. Please note, however, that a (possible) re-configuration of your device to be compatible with our network will be at your expense.


Commuting to and from the city centre
Commuting to and from the city centre is easy, since we live fairly near downtown: public transport (there is a stop 50 m from our house) approx. 10 to 15 min. (S/.1.60); by taxi 5 to 8 min. (between S/. 5.00 and S/.6.00). Most of our guests, however, prefer walking (approximately 20/25 min.). – The Plaza de Cayma as well as the Plaza de Yanahuara are also within walking distance (5 to 10 min.).
Room Rates 2015

The package price includes breakfast and all taxes. – Non-use of the breakfast does not entitle customers to a reimbursement. – All rooms are with international cable TV (the "Penthouse" is considered as a double or a triple room). – Laundry Service: USD 3.00 per load.

Lula's B&B reserves its sole discretion to reject any guest or terminate the contract of any guest.


1 to 4 consecutive days Single: USD 18.00
Double: USD 25.00      Triple: USD 34.00
5 to 8 consecutive days Single: USD 17.00
Double: USD 24.00      Triple: USD 33.00
9 to 15 consecutive days Single: USD 16.00
Double: USD 23.00      Triple: USD 32.00
16 to 30 consecutive days Single: USD 15.00
Double: USD 22.00      Triple: USD 31.00
31 and more consecutive days Single: USD 14.00
Double: USD 21.00      Triple: USD 30.00

Half board (lunch or dinner): add USD 7.50 per person.
Full board (lunch and dinner): add USD 14.00 per person.

A meal (we are more than glad to prepare typical Peruvian dishes and/or Arequipa cuisine) includes soup or salad or an appetiser (starter). plus a main course, and a dessert (plus complimentary coffee or tea and bottled mineral water). Vegetarians are welcome. – Please be aware that our cook, Mrs. Sonia, is an expert in preparing (inter alia) genuine "home cooked" Peruvian dishes. – Please note that lunch and/or dinner may not be available consecutively seven days a week (in particular not on Sundays and/or Public Holidays), i.e. the availability of meals other than breakfast is, in principle, subject to our discretion. Extra breakfast: USD 3.50 per person.


Payment (remaining balance) is due on the day before departure (14:00 h at the latest) and must be paid in cash (USD or Soles). In the event that a stay lasts six days or longer, a prepayment of USD 100.00 or S/. 310.00 plus weekly installments are required. – The deposit for the keys (per set) is USD 50.00 or S/. 150.00.


Arrival Transfer

Arriving by plane. We will either pick you up from Arequipa airport, or let you know beforehand how to proceed by taxi to get safely from the airport to your Arequipa home. The fare to Lula’s B&B (pick-up or taxi) is S/. 20.00..


Arriving by bus. We will let you know beforehand how to proceed by taxi to get safely from the bus terminal to your Arequipa home. The tariff of the officially registered taxi company is between S/. 10.00 and S/. 15.00, depending on the number of passengers, the number of pieces of luggage, the day of the week, and the time of day.

Important. Guests who stay either four (or more) consecutive days, or six or more days in total, will receive a free initial transfer/will be refunded for the initial transfer expenditures.


                                                                                                                                                       Excursions and Sports

As your hosts, we will, of course, assist you in your travel undertakings in and around Arequipa. Two of the world's greatest natural wonders are found in the Arequipa region: the Colca Canyon and the Cotahuasi Canyon. – Colca Canyon: we will help you to get you a suitable package in terms of schedule and price and will inform you about possible special offers. – Cotahuasi Canyon: we will provide advise how you can organise a trip on your own to the deepest canyon in the world (3354 m/11.004 ft.).

We can also provide you with non-expensive short-term memberships in the well-equipped “Club Internacional Arequipa,” a first-class establishment within walking distance both from our house and from downtown (facilities include swimming/use of pools, tennis, gymnasium/aerobics, soccer, track and field, etc.).


Cultural Events

My Spanish Language School (EDEAQ) publishes twice per week a handout listing the current cultural events in Arequipa, which we share with our guests. – Sample copy (19 September 2012): click here. Please be aware that during the summer holidays (January, February and early March), the frequency of cultural events is fairly low.  



Those who would like to know more about Arequipa (history, architecture, sights, leisure and sports, excursions, typical cuisine, etc.) are welcome to open the page Arequipa (Leisure and Sports).” More practical information is provided on the page Hints And How To Get There.” And those who are looking for a good introduction into Peruvian history, politics and relevant sociological and societal aspects will find comprehensive information (“Country and People”) that my Swiss husband (he is a University of Zurich trained sociologist) has written and compiled. Please note that the three mentioned links have been written for my Spanish Language School (EDEAQ) - so do not be confused when you read on some rare occasions about students, and just replace the word “student” with “guest!”


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** = Translated from Spanish.


[…] Our hosts were entirely welcoming, their help and useful advice throughout our week-long stay […] We would definitely recommend this B&B to anyone looking for a well-priced, thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Julian Moxon, Aviation Journalist, Le Perroux (Normandy) - France

Jenny Forbes, Nurse, Farnham (Surrey) - England, UK 

* Thanks for your splendid hospitality […] [and] the useful hints and information and the interesting conversations […] we enjoyed it very much - for a long time we hadn't felt in such good hands.

Marcel Matthes and Sabine Römer, Stuttgart - Germany


* We liked Arequipa and Lula's B&B very much (and, last but not least, the delicious food). – All in all, highly recommendable!

Frank Fiesinger, Portfolio Manager, Luxemburg

Viktoria Fiesinger, Economist, Luxemburg

In June 2009, we (my 13-year old daughter Jilian, my friend Maria Dolores from the Philippines, and I) spent a few days in Arequipa (Peru), where we stayed at Lula’s B&B, and we recommend it. We really enjoyed our stay there.

Maria Obias,  IT Consultant, Pleasant Hill CA - United States

* [...] was the best tip we got on our trip in Peru. We liked it very much. And the breakfast was a dream we will always remember.

Ulrike Trautmann, Nürnberg - Germany 

Markus Sand, Nürnberg - Germany

I couldn't have made a better choice of accommodations - a small “penthouse” with two bright, clean, and cozy rooms […] all surrounded by a rooftop terrace looking out to the Chachani and El Misti. […] Lula and her Swiss husband Max were excellent hosts, providing me with all the information I needed when I needed it.

Robert Stephens, Engineer (Research Scientist), Detroit MI - United States

* Many thanks for the agreeable days (January 2010), your superb hospitality, the interesting conversations [...] And I enjoyed as well the deliciously prepared meals. It could not have been better!

Konrad Jäger (35), Business Economist/Marketing Director, Winterthur - Switzerland

We enjoyed staying at Lula's B&B very much. […] close to a lookout point of the valley, as well as to downtown. We look forward to a return trip.

Kristi and Brent Miller, Marion IA - United States

* [...] I enjoyed the days I spent in Lula's B&B very much: quiet location, not very far from the city centre [...] I can only recommend Lula’s B&B [...]

Annemarie Wäschle, Social Worker, Radolfzell - Germany

* * The best Pisco Sour in Peru, and a VIP breakfast. We felt like we were at home. Super care and service. Our hosts: excellent, friendly and very helpful

María José Mantilla, Camila Mantilla, Natalia Cruz, Bogotá - Colombia

[…] It was really an experience of the highest quality, not only in terms of accommodation, but also food-wise (breakfast and dinner). […] We highly recommend this accommodation, and would certainly stay there again if we return to Arequipa some day.

Marianne and Poul Bregendahl, Ida (12), Rasmus (17)

Aarhus - Denmark

* [...] the view from the roof terrace to the Andes and over the city is splendid. In particular, we would emphasise the friendly service provided by the owners, and the super delicious breakfast.

Elisabeth und Adreas Wagner, Tannheimertal (Tyrol) - Austria

* […] After studying medicine in Germany for three years, I wanted to spend a foreign study year […] in Arequipa. […] My small two room apartment at Lula’s B&B was charming, […] personal care of my hostess Lula and her Swiss husband Max was friendly/agreeable; […] Thanks to them, the initial phase of my foreign study year was a success. I had not expected to have such a good start in a new country […] Many thanks!

Julia Berliner, Student, Seevetal (Lower Saxony) - Germany



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  Max Seelhofer
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