Arequipa is the white city of Peru, due to its white walls made of ashlar or sillar, a white stone that lies at the feet of its volcanoes.
Arequipa is settled between the coast and the southern highlands of Peru. Its destinations and attractions include snow-capped mountains, deep canyons such as the Cotahuasi and Colca, a renowned gastronomy, small coves and beaches.. The city is surrounded by several peaks such as the Ampato (6.288 m.a.s.l.), the Nevado Chachani (6.075 m.a.s.l.) and El Misti (5.825 m.a.s.l.).
Area: 63.345 km2
Weather: moderately dry and warm (high 22ºC – low 5ºC)
Access: daily flights from the cities of Lima (1 hour), Cusco (30 minutes), Juliaca (30 minutes) and Tacna (30 minutes). International flights from La Paz – Bolivia (Mondays – Wednesdays and Fridays / 40 minutes).
Nearby cities: Camaná (173km / 3 hours). Chivay (151km / 3 hours). Mollendo (126km / 2 hours).
Attractions in the city: include the Cathedral, the Society of Jesus Architectural Complex, the Santa Catalina Monastery, the Santo Domingo Church and Convent and the Monastery of La Recoleta.
Attractions outside the city: include Sabandía, the Yanahuara Viewpoint, the Mansion of the Founder, the Sumbay Caves and El Misti, a large volcano that towers the city.