Arequipa City

Information About Arequipa

THE WHITE CITY

Arequipa is dominated by its volcanoes. This is apparent in the walls of its streets, buildings and churches; in the wonderful geography that has created a fertile valley and one of the world’s deepest canyons. Imagine yourself enjoying the warm waters of a thermal pool as you look out towards green mountains crowned with perpetual snows.

Arequipa is a place you won’t want to leave, thanks to its unique cuisine, its history, and its marvelous cordiality. Arequipa, the legendary White City, where its noble history can be felt in the air, beneath the eternal watchful gaze of its volcanoes.

Evening falls and the magic begins: the cathedral is illuminated in one of Peru’s most beautiful city squares. But that is not all. More than 500 grand colonial-era houses in the historic center takes visitors back to another time, to the earliest beginnings of the fusion between European and Andean traditions, as expressed in Arequipa’s vaulted roofs and arches of white stone, made from the local volcanic rock known as “sillar”.

The historic center of Arequipa also offers a thousand culinary adventures in its famous traditional restaurants, or “picanterías”, where stone mortars and clay pots are used to prepare the finest stuffed peppers, shrimp chowder or the unforgettable chili pepper sauce and potato dish known as “ocopa”.

Catherine of Siena is the saint to whom this convent is consecrated. Here, silence has found its voice in the bright colors of the convent’s walls and the cobblestone passageways that converge at a beautiful square.  As a citadel for women devoted to prayer, charity and the making of delicious desserts to tempt the palate, Santa Catalina is more than a convent; it is a crucible of secrets that visitors only glimpse as they wander through its buildings; secrets that will remain within the convent’s walls forever.

The rich cultural heritage of the White City is zealously safeguarded by a number of museums, as well as Arequipa’s cathedral, monasteries and universities.

The Cathedral and Museum of Arequipa conserves a monumental 12 meter high organ: the Church and Museum of Santo Domingo safeguards a beautiful image of the Crucified Christ on its main altar; the Santa Maria Catholic University Museum of Archaeology displays more than 1000 objects, some of which date from 12000 years before Christ.

Each mansion house, university and church in Arequipa offers a journey into the past, as does the city as a whole.

An unmissable destination!

  • ALTITUDE

7 648 feet above sea level

  • CLIMATE

Min. 48 °F/Max. 72 °F

COLCA CANYON

Typical Andean vegetation surrounds one of the world’s deepest canyons: Colca Canyon, the perfect setting for extreme sports and for peaceful relaxation, all under the watchful gaze of the monarch of these skies, the Andean condor.

Viewing points and thermal waters; rafting, climbing and trekking; observation of condors and other typical highland animals in their natural habitat, including alpacas, vizcachas (Chinchilla) and pumas; all these activities are offered by this valley and its mild climate.

Colca Canyon is one of those places in Peru that has everything.