The colonial ‘White City' of Arequipa stands in stark contrast to the harsh surrounding landscapes.
The city itself shines with a white-glow from the distinctive white sillar used in the buildings of Arequipa's churches, convents and cloisters, as well the stately mansions and 19th-century Plaza de Armas - one of Peru's finest squares.
The gorgeous Santa Catalina convent is painted in bright colours and is another prime sight.
A determination by the locals of Peru's second-city to retain their heritage has assured Arequipa World Heritage status.
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Explore the very best of Peru's beautiful beaches, majestic mountains and fascinating culture on this tailor-made journey. Visit Lima, Arequipa, the Colca Canyon and Lake Titicaca before heading to the Andes and the ancient sites of Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley.
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