Arequipa is unquestionably one of the prettiest cities in Peru. Founded in 1540 by the Spanish conquistadors, it is now home to just over one million people, making it the second largest city in Peru after Lima. Arequipa has a distinct look thanks to the white Sillar stone, mined from nearby volcanoes, used in the construction of many of its buildings. For this reason, Arequipa is known as the White City. The city is full of impressive colonial and Republican-era architecture, both in the city center and neighboring districts. And in the distance, you can see the peaks of surrounding volcanoes, most famously Misti, an ever-present reminder of the region’s volcanic activity. During our city tour, you’ll learn more about this fascinating city, one of the most unique urban centers in Peru.
Our Arequipa city tour will take you through the streets of the White City, passing cathedrals, churches, monasteries and more. Your guide will tell you all about life in Arequipa, from colonial times through to the present day. You’ll learn how the city has changed, and how the first Spanish colonists built upon an area once home to ancient peoples of the Peruvian Andes.
We will stop to admire some of the city’s most famous buildings, such as the Basílica C...