Sitting at 7,625 feet; in the hillsides of Peru is a wonderful place to visit called Arequipa. Many people come to Peru to visit Machu Pichu, but this sity is well worth the stop.

Head South from Lima to Arequipa, the second biggest city in terms of population and industry in Peru. Known as the “White City”, Arequipa is dotted with colonial style buildings and churches, all constructed from a volcanic stone, which is a beautiful pearl white. Adding to the beauty of the city is the weather and surrounding landscapes. The city sits among rolling hills of farmland and green terraces planted with crops. Rising from the outskirts of the city is the Misti volcano, providing a breathtaking backdrop.

Regional cuisine is flavorful and robust. There are many restaurants in the city, as well as shopping destinations like the San Camilo market, crowded with shoppers and tourists looking for the best deals. Several churches are worth visiting as well. The Santa Catalina Monastery is a secret treasure in Arequipa, unknown to many tourists. The monastery was home to a group of nuns that lived in isolation for over 400 years, but now offers private tours to the public.

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