Ceica Peru offers three accommodation options for your stay in Arequipa. Immerse yourself in Peruvian life by staying with a host family, stay in the school building for conveniently located facilities, or live it up in a private apartment.
Staying with a host family
We provide comfortable accommodation with Peruvian families, staying with a family will allow the student to practice Spanish intensively; also to learn more about our culture and the customs of the normal Arequipenian families.
Furthermore, the student will share the daily activities of the family such as going shopping, visiting small villages near Arequipa, cooking traditional food, celebration birthday parties, etc.
An important part of the accommodation is that the family will take care of the health of the student, mainly through the careful cleaning and cooking of food. The family will prepare special meals for vegetarian students and in case of sickness.
The student can choose between room and breakfast, room with half or full board (includes breakfast, lunch and evening meals).
Staying in the school building
Rooms totally furnished to share in a safe and well located apartment in the school building in Calle Los Arces. Los Arces is surrounded by such a variety of restaurants, from cheap and cheerful local food to fine Peruvian and International cuisine and everything in between (including an excellent vegetarian restaurant on the same street).
The district is vibrant and exciting whilst safe, there are many kinds of shopping and pampering options and all just a short distance from the city centre and Yanahuara. You can walk to both and soak up the atmosphere of the streets or hop on a local bus for an entertaining experience or simply grab a cab. It is also close to the airport, a direct bus journey to the bus station, and on the main route for catching direct buses to outlying villages of interest such as Yura (thermal waters & great walking) and Paucapata (walking through ancient Inca terraces to other villages & having lunch).
The school is good for long visits and for people how are looking for a nice, friendly and comfortable place to stay. You can use all the common areas as kitchen, living, dining room, TV Cable, DVD, Stereo Sound Equipment, etc. Hot water 24/day. The price include electricity, water, maintenance and local taxes. The accommodation doesn’t include towels and toiletries like toilet paper, toothpaste, soap, shampoo and others.
Staying in a private apartment
We offer a comfortable apartment with 2 bedrooms with a beautiful view of the mountains and the countryside, living room, dining room, fully equipped kitchen and large hot water bathroom, area 74 m2, includes cable TV, and Wi Fi Internet, 3 blocks from the Plaza de Cayma.
There is public transportation two blocks from the house, but it is possible to walk to the city center in approximately 20 minutes.
The climate is mild in the area - it is very pleasant almost all year round.
To see the prices for our accommodation, click here.
Frequently asked questions
How far from the school do the host families live?
The host families live in different areas of Arequipa. Most of them are located in the Cayma and Cerro Colorado district near the school, the walking distance from the school is from 10 to 30 minutes. There is a lot of cheap pubic transport available to the city center and the school. A taxi fare costs 6 or 7 soles (around US$ 1.85) and a bus fare 1 soles (US$ 0.30)
Can I get details about my host family in advance?
Yes, we usually assign the host family to each student two weeks before their arrival, we send the student the address of the family with information about the family members and a picture of the family.
Upon request, we can send the student details of the host family earlier, but placements can change at the last minute.
What meals are included in the half-board option?
Breakfast and one meal, either lunch or dinner. Some families are willing to prepare you lunch one day or dinner another day depending on your schedule. But it is better if you choose lunch, because you can join the other students for dinner downtown.
Can we share a double room as a couple?
Yes,, of course!
Can I share a double room with a student from the school?
No, double rooms are available only for couples or for two students that come together.
Can a whole family stay with a local family?
It depends on the size of the family, we have space for a family of 4 in two double rooms
If I arrive in Arequipa during the week , where can I stay?
You can stay with the family from the day that you arrive, you don´t need to wait until Sunday and you can stay there as many days as you want, but it is important to inform the school how many days you will probably stay there so we know when the homestay will be available for new students.
I am a vegetarian, is that a problem if I want to stay with a host family?
This isn`t a problem , our host families have experience with the preparation of vegetarian meals. Also, if you have other dietary restrictions or allergies, just let us know in advance.
Can I use the kitchen if I stay with a family?
Only some families will allow students to use their kitchen to prepare their own meals paying extra money. You can choose another option for example staying in the school building or renting a whole apartment.
Does the accommodation include hot water?
Yes, all provide hot water.
The host family will show how to use the shower. They will indicate when hot water is available. If there is any problem the student should inform the school.
Can I change my homestay if I am dissatisfied?
Yes, you can change the homestay immediately. You don`t need to spend a whole week in the homestay, if you want you can go to another family or move into a hostal.
Should I pay the host family directly?
No, all the payments are made through the school. The families and the school have an agreement that all the payments including extra days are made through the school even if you have already finished your Spanish lessons.
If I miss meals will I get a refund?
No, you don’t get a refund if you miss meals.
If I travel for some days do I get a refund for the days that I don’t spend in the house?
No, you don’t get a refund if you don’t spend any days in the house. But if you leave the house for more than 7 days, you can keep the room paying only for the room, not for the meals. If you don’t want to pay for the room you can leave your things in the school or isomewhere else and after you return we can find another family for you if the previous family isn´t available.
Shall I take a gift for my host family?
You do not have to but it is a nice idea to bring a souvenir from your city. Also, wine and chocolates are greatly appreciated.