Tours in Arequipa

The White City...

It was founded in 1540 and is one of the more attractive cities in the country. Arequipa is full of churches and colonial mansions, including Santa Catalina, a convent restored and founded in 1579 and now open to the public after having been closed for 400 years.

Arequipa is known as the “White City” because it is mostly covered by ashlar, a stone of quarry of volcanic lava.

Three volcanoes dominate the panorama: the Misti, the Chachani and the Pichu Pichu. At the North of Arequipa, the spectacular Valley of the Colca extends over a picturesque Andean valley inhabited by towns founded in the colonial period.

The canyon is one of the deepest in the world and home of the majestic condor. Its moderate climate and altitude (2,300 MASL – 7500 feet) make Arequipa a perfect place to become acclimated before continuing the trip from Cusco to Puno.


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