Arequipa, also known as the White City, is completely built out of “sillar” white stone which most of its churches and colonial mansions arebuiltwith.This beautiful citylies on a fertile valley at the base of the impressive Misti Volcano. The historic center of Arequipa was named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000, in recognition of its architecture and historic integrity.

Located in the southern Peruvian highlands, Arequipa is Peru’s second city in urban, has become the center of economic growth in the south and is one of the most important milk producers in the country.

The historic center of Arequipa is an example of ornamental architecture, representing a masterpiece of the European creative coalition and native characteristics. A colonial village challenged by the conditions of nature, indigenous influence and the process of conquest as well as spectacular natural scenery.

Arequipa Highlights

  • Design Your Trip to ArequipaThe Santa Catalina Monastery: It represents the most important and impressive religious monument in Peru. Built in 1579, this convent occupies over 65,600 square feet and covers an entire city wandering through the complex of rooms, cloisters and tiny plazas. The most striking general feature of the monastery’s architecture is its predominately Mudejar style, adapted by the Spanish from the Moors, but rarely found in their colonial buildings. The quality of the design is emphasized and beautifully harmonized by an incredible interplay between the strong sunlight.
  • Plaza de Armas & Cathedral: Arequipa’s Plaza de Armas is one of the most beautiful in Peru, surrounded on its other 3 sides by colonial arcaded buildings with many cafes and restaurants. On the north side of the Plaza is the impressive, twin-towered Cathedral, founded in 1612 and largely rebuilt in the 19th Century having been repeatedly damaged by earthquakes and fire. Inside is fine Belgian organ and elaborately-carved wooden pulpit.
  • Our Selected Itineraries for ArequipaMuseum of Andean Sanctuaries: Referred to as the Juanita Mummy Museum, this fascinating little museum holds the frozen bodies of four young girls who were apparently sacrificed more than 500 years ago by the Inca to appease the gods. This mummy, said to be frozen around the age of 13, was found in 1995 near the summit of Ampato Mountain by local climber Miguel Zarate and American anthropologist Johan Reinhard.