The White City


The stunning ‘White City,’ Arequipa is Peru’s second-largest city. Located in the south of the country, it is bestowed with white colonial architecture using white volcanic stone called ‘sillar.’ This architecture is one of many Arequipa highlights.

Responsible Travel to Arequipa

With many historic sites and surrounded by five impressive volcanoes visible from the city, Arequipa was named a UNESCO World Heritage City. It’s a much-deserved accolade for the city loved by locals and visitors alike. Good Life Expeditions arranges trips to Arequipa in conjunction with the nearby Colca Canyon, one of the deepest in the world and considered by many to be the Amazon river source.

In the city itself, Arequipa highlights include an impressive central square, the Plaza de Armas, one of the most beautiful in all of Peru, and the Santa Catalina monastery, founded in 1580. The expansive monastery is a treasure trove of beautiful architecture, historic rooms, colonial artwork, and tranquil gardens.

Other Arequipa highlights include the Santa Teresa convent, museums, and Jesuit churches, featuring unique baroque architecture. Good Life Expeditions can arrange city tours to take in all the Arequipa highlights, day trips, and multi-day trips into Colca Canyon.

Arequipa is also famous for its cuisine. The city lays claim to some of the most traditional beloved Peruvian dishes like delicious thick seafood stews, slow-cooked pork dishes, and the famous rocoto Relleno, a spicy type of bell pepper filled with meat, vegetables, and cheese. Of course, we’re ready to recommend the best restaurants in Arequipa so you can sample them all.

Authentic Tours

For an authentic taste of the White City to fit in all the Arequipa highlights, let Good Life Expeditions help you plan your trip to Peru. Our expert travel team is ready to help plan your perfect Peru adventure. Contact us!


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