Arequipa, the White City

Arequipa is the capital and largest city of the Arequipa Department. It is the second most important city in Peru, as well as the seat of the Constitutional Court and the Legal Capital of Peru.

Arequipa is the capital and largest city of the Arequipa Department. It is the second most important city in Peru, as well as the seat of the Constitutional Court and the Legal Capital of Peru. Also arequipa or the “White City”, it is the second in population by Peru only after Lima.

Arequipa’s location is at a height of 2325 meters in the mountains of the Andes Desert. This beautiful city is built almost entirely on sillar, a kind of white volcanic stone. This is the reason why Arequipa is also the White City.

Plaza de Armas:

Considered one of the most beautiful squares of the continent, surrounded by imposing granite colonnades and three ancient churches projected in colonial times: the Cathedral, the Church of the Company and the church of Our Lady of Mercy.

One of the tourist attractions of Arequipa that captivates, with its busy activity and numerous restaurants full of public under its portals, as at night when its majestic monuments are illuminated acquiring orange tonalities.

St. Catherine’s Monastery:

One of the most famous tourist places in Arequipa, a veritable citadel of 20,000 mt2 founded in 1579, serving as the convent of the nuns of the Order of St. Catherine of Siena.

Its attractiveness comes from the beauty of its architecture, is the best reflection of the splendor of Peru Virreinal, a work in white and rosy sillar stone, with a set of narrow alleys and narrow streets having arcades on its periphery, that make their way through splendid courtyards, cloisters, Gardens, etc.

San Lazaro Neighbourhood:

The oldest quarter of Arequipa, located no more than 500 meters from the Plaza Armas, a magical area of small squares and narrow alleys in black cobblestones, surrounded by white sillar stone architectures, from whose walls hang pots of geraniums and lanterns.

Within the area are its narrow alleys, such as Callejón Violín with its characteristic entrance arch, Callejón Cristales with no sidewalks, Callejón Bayoneta with its narrowness and Callejón Naval Combat, under which is the Plazoleta de Camporredondo with its simple church of Three Bells.

Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve:

A jewel of natural heritage located in the vicinity of Arequipa, at an average altitude of 4,300 meters at sea level, an area characterized by its landscapes that mix snowy volcanoes, lagoons, surrounded by Andean forests and prairies.

Its most famous site corresponds to the Salinas Lagoon, scenery of particular beauty formed from a salar of shallow waters and extensive wetland that surround it, a true sanctuary of fauna that manages to receive at certain times of the year about 20,000 water birds, among them, are its famous flamingos that color the waters of the lagoon.

Colca Canyon:

one of the deepest natural canyons in the world, a formidable excursion that allows you to appreciate highland landscapes, small colonial settlements, archaeological remains and most importantly, the spectacle of the flight of condors during dawn, on the abyssal precipice of 3,191 meters depth which reaches the canyon.

To appreciate this natural wonder, you must travel to the Colca Valley located 165 km from Arequipa. It is usually a recommendation while staying night before in the village of Chivay, where the hotel supply of the area is concentre because in order to appreciate the formidable Condor flight you must already be in the canyon in the early hours of the day.

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