Arequipa Destinations & Arequipa Tourist Attractions give a complete tourist Information of Arequipa City and Tourist destinations; You will find general information on each tourist attractions, The white city stands before our eyes and the blur sky of its landscape to show us its historical air, different from any other ever known. In the south east of Peru, the department cover parts of the coastal and highland regions where we will seeks to promote the natural, archaeological, historical and cultural attractions of Arequipa Peru.
The City of Arequipa Peru is located in the Chili river valley, flanked by three snow-capped volcanoes: Misti 5 821m (19,098 ft), Chachani 6 075 m (19 931 ft), and Pichu pichu 5 425 m (17 799 ft). Arequipa is called the white city because its buildings made of sillar stone, a white volcanic stone that abounds in the area. The stone embellishes the houses around the main square and churches. The City retains the Colonial style of its founding, which gives it a very special charm. Its first building were the Cathedral of Arequipa, the town hall, etc.
Arequipa has a many tourist attractions such as Colca Canyon Peru, Santa Catalina Convent, Catedral of Arequipa, despite being considered most of the times a province of the Peruvian highlands, we must forget the coast that borders it on the left. A perfect mixture of both, it maintains itself as a symbol of splendor and development, a legacy which is certainly envied and holds a vision of life.
Arequipa Tourist Attractions:
Colca Canyon Peru
The Fabulous Colca Canyon Peru contains beautiful scenery including terraced field, snow-capped mountains and villages founded in the 16th Century. The Colca Canyon is located 148 km, 4 hours away by car, north east of Arequipa towards Yura and then climbs to the puna, or high plateau, and desolate plains of Pampas de Cañahuas and Tocra, in this area is the pass known as the Mirador de los Condores, which offers a view of the summits of Mount Ampato and Mount Sabancaya. The road from this point descends to village of Chivay.
There you can see herds of Vicuña, the Puruña stone forest, and the Sumbay caves with rock carving. Descendents of Collaguas and Cabanas Cultures scattered around the zone were concentrated in 16 villages which have remained almost unchanged, retaining their original characteristic, street plans,richly decorated churches and traditional parties. The Colca Canyon Peru offers visitors fabulous landscape and abundant wild fauna, including the Andean Condor and Vicuña. The canyon though which the river Colca runs – the world’s second deepest after the neighbouring Cotahuasi Canyon is 3 400 m deep from the Cruz del Condor, almost twice the depth of the Colorado Canyon in the United States.
Santa Catalina Convent
One of the most beautiful convents in Peru, founded in 1580 to shelter a select group of the religious order. It is a veritable Colonial small town made up of the houses for the nuns and their servants, cloisters, plazas and narrow streets, kitchens, refectory, and laundry, as well as the church with its single nave, cupola, and square tower. It houses a collection of paintings of the Cusco school, Its architecture has perfectly preserved the Colonial atmosphere.
The Cathedral of Arequipa
The Cathedral of Arequipa is one of the most beautiful church of Peru, the construction of this church began in 1544. In the mind-seventeenth century, a second building was raised after the first was destroyed in a series of earthquakes. In 1844 the second building was destroyed by fire, and the current one was built. It is the prime example of nineteeth-century religious architecture in Peru. The Cathedral of Arequipa is predominantly in the Neoclassic style, with three naves, enormous columns, a great and big Belgian organ and French neo-Gothic pulpit. It possesses splendid treasures of gold and silver work, such as two monstrances of gold and precious stones.