The city of Arequipa was founded on August 15, 1540. Today, it is considered Peru’s second largest city by population, and the second most industrialized city.
Arequipa is also known as the “White City” for its buildings in ashlar (white stone), it has volcanoes such as the Misti and Chachani; deep canyons such as Cotahuasi and Colca; it also has a well-known cuisine, and many beaches.
The main attractions in Arequipa are:
It was built in ashlar in the seventeen century, in a neoclassical style.
Santa Catalina Monastery
It is a construction made in 1580 as closing cloister for nuns, daughters of the most distinguished families of the city. It is a small walled city with cloisters, plazas, streets, tile roofs and cobblestones.
Yanahuara View Point
Built in the 19th century, it consists of a series of ashlar arches, on which words of famous Arequipeñans have been recorded. From here, visitors have a superb view of the city and the Misti volcano
Traditional village surrounded by unique landscapes, broad terraces and three volcanoes: Misti, Chachani, and Pichu Pichu. Some of its houses have even retained characteristics of the viceregal or 19th century republican style. Here stands the Sabandía Mill.
Colca Canyon and Valley
A never-ending destination that combines natural riches, living history, and adventure sports like canoeing, mountain biking, mountaineering, hiking, and horse-riding. At its deepest, the canyon is 3,400 metres deep.At the top of the canyon there are scenic viewpoints placed strategically to allow visitors to admire the landscape and the flight of the majestic condor.
To learn more about The Colca Canyon go to: 5 Places to Enjoy at the Colca Canyon