Arequipa city is a good place to acclimatize to the altitude of Cusco and Puno. This city moves its visitors with an experience full of discoveries and captivates them by the beauty of its volcanoes, the Misti, Chachani, and Pichu Pichu, all located within the majestic Peruvian Andes.
In the winter it is warmer than in the summer. It is nicknamed the 'white city' (La Ciudad Blanca, in Spanish) because many of the buildings in the area are built of sillar, a white stone. This rock was quarried from the many volcanoes that surround the city, including the towering El Misti. Ask for local help to identify Misti, Chachani and Pichu Pichu, the three volcanoes surrounding the city.
Arequipa embodies a rich mixture of indigenous and Spanish colonial cultures. With 468 years of history since its founding, examples of Spanish colonial architecture can be found throughout the center of the city and several surrounding districts. UNESCO has declared it World Heritage site. Catholic churches are scattered throughout the center of the city. Some ancient houses have been refurbished by the local authorities and serve as living museums. An example of this is the so-called "Tambos" located at Puente Bolognesi Street.
Altitude: 2,325 meters
Temperature: Max (24º C) and minimum (5º C). Rainy season runs from December through March.
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