Arequipa, the majestic city under the volcano
There is city in Peru whose beauty is defined by the surrounding snow-capped volcanoes, white stone architecture and natural parks of untold riches. We are talking about the White City of Arequipa, an extraordinary place where you are guaranteed to enjoy an unforgettable experience.
Arequipa has several magical places to be discovered such as the Plaza de Armas, with its granite colonnades, its impressive cathedral ad the Churches of Our Lady of Mercy and of the Company. The Santa Catalina Monastery is a true citadel with narrow passageways, unexpected little squares, gardens and cloisters. In the neighbourhood of San Pedro, you can lose yourself among the famous alleys such as El Violín, Callejón Cristales, El Bayoneta and El Combate Naval. At the Yanahuara Viewpoint you will be amazed by the spectacular panoramic views over the city and its snow-capped volcanoes Pikchu Pikchu, Chachani and Misti.
The impressive Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reservation is an area located at 4300 metres above sea. It brings together views over Andean forests, meadows, impressive snow-capped volcanoes and lagoons. This paradise is home to more than 20,000 aquatic birds. Another must-see place is the Colca Canyon, where you will enjoy impressive views of the high plateau landscapes, archaeological remains and picturesque colonial settlements. However, the real highlight is watching condors, it is a spectacular sight to behold.
In Arequipa you can also taste dishes such as the popular Ocopoa, with huacatay leaves, stuffed red peppers, usually including a meat stew, pie, and cheese. Your can also try lamp tripe chaque with potato and vegetables or the delicious cheese or shrimp cauches (potato-based dish).
Thanks to its more than 300 days of sun and an average temperature of 25º, you can fly to Arequipa throughout the entire year. Discover this fascinating city in the foothills of a volcano!