The white volcanic 'sillar' architecture and Cathedral of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Arequipa

The white volcanic 'sillar' architecture and Cathedral of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Arequipa

The nearby Santa Catalina Monastery is arguably Arequipa’s greater sight and a must for any visit, but the cathedral – a massive beautiful white confection, palm-fronted with the Misti Volcano looming behind – is a joyful place to wander. Or just relax out front in the Plaza de Armas, where locals take their evening paseo amidst the flowers and fountains. A day or two spent in Peru’s White City, and you quickly realize why Arequipa, Quechua for ‘let’s stop here’, is so called.

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