The city of Arequipa celebrated its 477th anniversary of its foundation by Spanish settlers this past week as thousands of national and international tourists visited “La Ciudad Blanca” or “White City”.
Arequipa is the second most inhabited city in Peru. The region is considered one of the most beautiful in Peru, due to its architecture, gastronomy, impressive landscapes, imposing volcanoes and for having the deepest canyon in the world! The following list explains the top tourist attractions in this rich historical city.
La Plaza de Armas of Arequipa: The main plaza, the central point of bustling urban life, is known for its architectural harmony and is surrounded by the main cathedral, with three sides of wonderfully carved granite and ashlars.
El Monasterio de Santa Catalina: Built to house the daughters of the most distinguished religious families of the city, the monastery was inaugurated as an absolute closure, and was thus maintained until 1970. It occupies an area of approximately 20,000 square meters and contains important historical sectors to visit such as the Cloister of the Portería, the Pre-Columbian Museum, the the Cloister of San Francisco, among others.
Yanahuara Lookout Point: Located 2 kilometers from the city center of Arequipa, the lookout point was built in the nineteenth century and is made up of set of carefully carved arches engraved with the words of some of the most celebrated Arequipeños throughout history. This viewpoint has a fantastic view of the city and its three volcanoes; Misti, Chachani, and Pichu Pichu.
Misti Volcano: This impressive volcano, standing 5,825 meters above sea level, is the image of the city. From the summit it is possible to observe the city of Arequipa, the valley of the river Chili as well as the Chachani and Pichu Pichu volcanoes.