AREQUIPA CITY TOUR
Arequipa city tour includes a guided visit to the main tourist attractions located in Arequipa city.
The main reason for the city’s appeal is that its buildings are constructed mostly from the white volcanic rock called sillar, quarried from the nearby volcanos. This gives rise to the nickname, La Ciudad de Blanca – the White City. It possesses a series of volcanic cones such as “El Misti”, “Chachani”, and “Pichu Pichu”
Arequipa City Tourist Atractions:
Near to the Arequipa’s main square we can find 2 of the most important attractions:
Museum of Andean Sanctuaries (Museo de Santuarios Andinos):
At the Museum of Andean Sactuaries we can find the body of a young girl known as Juanita, the Ice Maiden of Ampato mountain. Juanita was discovered in 1995 at the top of Ampato mountain. The body caused a sensation in the scientific world due to its well-preserved condition by the ice on the volcano – today it is one of the best preserved mummies in the world.
Juanita was wrapped in a brightly-colored burial tapestry. A collection of grave goods: bowls, pins, and figurines made of gold, silver, and shell was found with her in the burial tapestry. Carbon dating indicated that the girl was killed sometime between 1450 and 1480, at approximately 11–15 years old. It is assumed that the mummy Juanita was a human sacrifice killed as an offering to the Inca gods.
The Monastery of Saint Catherine (Monasterio de Santa Catalina):
Santa Catalina Monastery was built in 1579/1580. The monastery was expanded over the centuries until it became a city within the city, about 20000 sq./m. It is still functioning as a place of worship. At its peak, the monastery housed 450 nuns and their lay-servants, and was closed off from the city by high walls. There are approximately 20 nuns currently living in the northern corner of the complex.
The interior of the monastery is beautiful, with painted arches and an interesting chapel with baroque frescoes of Inca vegetation, there are lots of flowers and orange trees around.
Arequipa is certainly a beautiful city; impressive and important enough to be listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site
Arequipa City Tour Itinerary:
This Arequipa Walking tour starts in the morning at 9AM or in the afternoon at 2PM. This tour takes around 4 hours and includes the guided visits to:
- Santa CatalinaMonastery
- Arequipa Main Square
- La Compañia Church
- San Camilo Market (fruits taste)
- Santuarios Andinos Museum (Juanita mummy)
Arequipa City Tour Includes:
- English speaking guide
- Entramce Fees to Santa Catalina Monastery and Santuarios Andinos Museum
- San Camilo market (local fruits taste)