Arequipa has an ideal climate all 365 days a year, making it perfect for playing tennis with natural light from 6 am to 6 pm. Court surfaces are made of natural brick dust.
The city’s location at 2,500 m (8,200 ft.) above sea level affects ball velocity and speed of play, making it a very different experience from the Peruvian coast, where play is slower, with a different ball type.
The city’s main athletic complexes with tennis courts include the Club Internacional Arequipa, located on Avenida Bolognesi in Yanahuara, 300 m (just under 1,000 ft.) from the Clínica Arequipa hospital. With top-notch infrastructure, this club is the biggest in southern Peru and has fifteen brick dust courts and two concrete practice walls. The club hosts the largest national adult and youth tournaments, as well as international competitions, making the high-quality facilities an essential part of this sport in Peru. Only members are allowed in, but daily, weekly, and monthly passes are available for purchase.
The Yanahuara Tennis Club is located 500 m (~1,650 ft.) from Club Internacional, beneath the Chilina bridge. This athletic complex has nine brick dust courts and excellent infrastructure. You do not need to be a member to enter, but there is an hourly fee for using the courts. Ball boys and girls are around all day, making this a convenient place to play. The Arequipa Golf Club is located in the district of Socabaya, about 10 km (6 mi.) from the city center. The club has five brick dust tennis courts and is open year-round for associates and their guests, who can use the facilities with the purchase of a pass. The club offers quality infrastructure, excellent events rooms, and a view of the open countryside.
The Colegio Lord Byron private school, located in the district of Cerro Colorado, 3 km (just under 2 mi.) from the city center, has four recently-inaugurated courts with a fast-playing synthetic Laykold surface. The courts are open to the general public with the payment of an hourly rate.
Club Casino Mejía, located in the town of Mejía, in the district of Islay, 10 km (6 mi.) from the city of Mollendo, offers the best tennis infrastructure on Peru’s southern coast, with eight brick dust tennis courts. The club is just 100 m (~330 ft.) from the beach, offering a unique chance to play while enjoying the ocean breeze. You must be a member or pay a guest fee to enter.