Nicknamed the 'white city', Arequipa is surrounded by spectacular mountains, including the volcano El Misti. A fascinating feature of the city is its many beautiful buildings made of a light-colored volcanic rock called sillar.
The City Tour of Arequipa is a great way to get to know the impressive beauty of "La Ciudad Blanca", the White City. The tour includes sites such as the church and square of San Francisco, dome of La Compañía de Jesus, colonial homes, the Plaza de Armas and the unforgettable Convent of Santa Catalina, characterized by its narrow streets and different styles and famous in the 16th century. The Convent of Santa Catalina, perhaps the most fascinating colonial religious building in the country, was until recently home to almost 450 nuns.