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Monday, March 10, 2014

Arequipa, The White City in Peru

Nicknamed The White City, Arequipa is the second largest city in Peru after Lima.
The city is a major tourist attraction in South America and this is no surprise considering the fact that its historic center, which spreads over an area of 332 hectares, is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. This area combines in an special way colonial, european and local architectural elements.
Arequipa is situated at 2380 meters above sea level and is surrounded by three impressive volcanoes that truly have breathtaking views.
The white city nickname was given because many buildings are built of sillar, a local white stone.

Some of the best things to see if you are in Arequipa are:

The main square in Arequipa, Plaza de Armas
The main square in Arequipa, Plaza de Armas

Monasterio de Santa Catalina in Arequipa, Peru
Monasterio de Santa Catalina in Arequipa, Peru

El Misti Volcano
El Misti Volcano

Monasterio Santa Catalina, Arequipa, Peru
Monasterio Santa Catalina, Arequipa, Peru