SAN LÁZARO NEIGHBORHOOD
Winding streets of an indigenous settlement
The San Lázaro neighborhood and its surroundings represent an area of the city in which, since before the presence of the first Europeans, an indigenous settlement of Yarabaya natives already existed, whose main hamlet is evidenced in the sinuous nature of its current streets , also known as rounds.
WHITE MILL OF SAN LÁZARO (el molino blanco de San Lázaro)
This neighborhood is also the place where the Molino Blanco is located, a hydraulic wheel mill that takes advantage of the waters of a branch taken from the waters of Chili, a vestige of a time of boom in the production of wheat and corn in Arequipa and the consequent milling activity, which would motivate, particularly in the 16th century, the presence of numerous mills in the surroundings of the city.
Es Molino Blanco is one of them and its presence in San Lázaro motivated precisely in the so-called “Ronda Ripacha”, the existence of some bakeries of which one in particular survives to this day in which the peculiar “Ripacha bread” is made according to the tradition, one of the three elements of a sort of “Sunday culinary trinity” together with the Distilled Anise and the well-known Adobo (a kind of pork stew).