The department of Arequipa presents a varied relief. It begins in the coastal desert and rises in the Andes reaching great heights on the tops of its snow-capped mountains and volcanoes. Located only 3 hours and 45 minutes from the city, the Colca Valley and Canyon is one of the most extraordinary destinations in the country.Known as the White City for its beautiful white walls of sillar, a stone of volcanic origin, Arequipa rests on the slopes of the imposing Chachani and Misti volcanoes and the snow-capped Pichu Pichu. In the center of the city, declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000, you can see temples and colonial mansions in mestizo baroque style, as well as the Monastery of Santa Catalina, a miniature Spanish city with narrow stone streets, beautiful courtyards and squares. Sabandía, Tiabaya and Tingo, in the countryside, are must-see places, and Arequipa’s irresistible cuisine is the perfect complement to the visit.
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