Arequipa History and Architecture 4-Hour 'White City' Tour

Tours & Sightseeing in Peru

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Arequipa, the white city of Peru offers you many interesting highlights: One of them is its historic city center and the traditional towns around the city. Come with us in our daily tour, elaborated with an itinerary that show you something more of our beautiful city.
We start the tour driving towards to the district of Cayma, one of Arequipa’s traditional districts, taking as a route the new bride of “Chilina” that allow as to enjoy a view of our city and its terraces with the Chili River. In Cayma we will visit the Main Plaza and its Church, where the Dominican monks built a chapel in the year 1544 and today this Chapel is the sanctuary of the Virgin of Candelaria. Finishing with this visit we will drive to the area of Añashuayco; place where the famous volcanic stone “Sillar” is extracted (Sillar is the white volcanic stone that is used in the construction of colonial buildings in the city of Arequipa). In the area of Añashuayco, your guide will give you information about the origin and geological formations of the quarries and we will have the opportunity to observe the hard work that this job takes. We will drive to Yanahuara; where we will visit the popular market of Antiquilla, that until today keep the colonial building style of the “Old Arequipa” and Yanahuara Main Plaza, having a wonderful view of the city and its volcanoes and exploring some traditional streets. After Yanahuara we keep forward to Arequipa Main Square (Plaza de armas) where you guide will give information about history and details of its infrastructure, and important points about the Cathedral. Our tour will finish taking you to the entrance of Monastery of Santa Catalina. (On request the tour can finish also in Main Plaza). In Monastery Santa Catalina your guide will provide assistance for whoever wants to visit the Monument.

What’s included

  • Professional English/Spanish guide
  • Hotel pickup
  • Live commentary on board
  • Air-conditioned vehicle

What’s not included

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Monastery of Santa Catalina entrance fee
  • Other entrance fees


  • Hotel pickup included
  • Led by a local guide