Day 3: Lima – The White City of Arequipa
At the appointed time, our representative will join us at the hotel.
He will accompany us to Lima airport to take the flight to the white city of Arequipa.
Arrival in Arequipa and hotel check-in.
The afternoon will be devoted to the discovery of the city, also known as “the white city” because of the predominance of the white volcanic rock, called “sillar”, used in the construction of its buildings.
We will begin our tour by visiting the magnificent convent of Santa Catalina, founded in 1580 and located in the historic center of Arequipa; a real little village itself, with its houses for the nuns, its cloisters, its narrow streets, its kitchens, its old ovens and its laundry, magnificently maintained.
From there, we will continue our discovery of the city, by visiting the Andean Sanctuary Museum (Museo Santuarios Andinos) in which the impressive “Mummy Juanita” remains, a young Inca sacrificed as an offering to the Inca deities. The mummy was found only 10 years ago in the Ampato volcano after the eternal snows of glaciers were stirred by an earthquake.
We will continue our journey by going to the Jesuit church. Built by the Jesuit order, it has a beautiful baroque facade, an impressive dome, and a famous cloister.
We will end our visit in the residential areas of Yanahuara and Chilina, which both offer spectacular views of the Misti volcano.
Return to the hotel.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch.