Arequipa is known as the White City, because the colour of its houses, built with sillar (stone of volcanic origin and of almost white colour). It was an important bastion during the fight for the independence of Peru in the 19th century.
Places to visit:
• The Cathedral
Imposing construction made of sillar, occupying one of the sides of the Main Square. Most remarkable about this building, are its big altar, the giant organ and the wood carved pulpit.
• Santa Catalina's Convent
It was founded in 1580. This convent is in fact a citadel where women arrived to be devoted to the service of God. It is divided in two main parts: the citadel and the booth.
• The Company
Built by the Jesuits, this church has a fully sculpted facade and a beautifully carved wooden pulpit.
• Founder’s house
Construction located in the sector of Huasache, built in the 16th century by the founder of the city, Garci Rodríguez de Carvajal.
• Museum of the University of Saint Augustine
The History and Anthropology section of this important museum has an important collection of ceramics, highlighting diverse cultures.
• Mirador of Yanahuara
The arches of the mirador are the perfect frame for pictures of the White City.
The right place to enjoy the beauty of the Arequipa countryside. One of the principal attractions besides the landscape, is the mill, built in the 18th century.
Area : 63,345 km²
Population : 1,101,005 inhabitants.
Capital : Arequipa (2,335 meters above sea level)
Climate : Between 10° and 25°C.
Necessary time for a complete visit of Arequipa: A full day.