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Arequipa is a great place to visit! Great climate, great scenery, friendly people, inexpensive food, lodging and transportation, and a good starting point for a number of excursions. Arequipa is known as The White City - La Ciudad Blanca - due to the white stone used in the construction of most of the city's buildings. The white stone is sillar, which is the volcanic rock common to the area. A number of active volcanoes surround Arequipa, the most notable ones being Chachani, Pichu Pichu, and the very symmetrical El Misti. Chachani is just over 6,000 meters high and El Misti just under. Both are visible clearly and beautifully from Arequipa, which rests at their feet at an elevation of 2320 meters above sea level. Arequipa's climate is the envy of many places around the world. On average, the city has 300 days of sunshine per year and only five days of rain. The annual average high temperature is 68 F with winter daytime temperatures only a few degrees cooler than summer daytime temperatures. Consequently, Arequipa is quite comfortable year round. The combination of pleasant temperatures and the rarity of inclimate weather make this area a pleasant place to live. On this page I've included some photos of Arequipa and the surrounding area with links to more Arequipa pictures according to location. Larger versions of these photos of Arequipa, Peru can be viewed by using a mouse rollover or using the Slideshow below. See everything TheWorldinLight has to offer here: Destinations and Topics.
Arequipa is Peru's second largest city with a population of just over 1 million persons. It is a prosperous place with perhaps the largest middle class of any Peruvian city. The cost of living here is low. Meal prices can range from 6 soles for the fixed menu in less expensive eateries to 30 to 40 soles for a dinner at the city's better restaurants. At 2009 exchange rates of around 3.2 soles per US dollar, these are great prices for the traveler. And there is no shortage of choices of restaurants of many different kinds: Italian, Chinese, Turkish, Moroccan, Argentinian, and of course, Peruvian - just to name a few. Also, this city has perhaps the highest ratio of taxis to inhabitants, making transportation very inexpensive. One can travel across town for a mere 4 soles during daytime hours.

Many people believe that Arequipa's Plaza de Armas is the most beautiful in Peru. I would agree. The plaza is also noted for having the largest cathedral of any in the country - spanning the entire block on one of the Plaza's four sides. The remaining three sides are lined with beautifully constructed buildings with open balconies lined with restaurants on two of the Plaza's sides and on the third, an Artesan's market.


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photo of a street scene in arequipa, peru
Street Scene #0099
A street in Arequipa, Peru. See more street scene photos at Arequipa Streets.

photo of El Misti volcano at sunset.
El Misti at Sunset #0346
The views of El Misti are constantly changing.

hillside full of homes north of Arequipa, Peru
Hillside #0876
A hillside full of homes north of Arequipa.

photo of one of the many beautiful courtyards in Arequipa, Peru
Courtyard #0884
There are many beautiful courtyards in Arequipa, Peru. See more courtyard photos at Arequipa Courtyards.

photo of one of Arequipa, Peru's many beautiful churches.
Church Door #1048
There are many beautiful churches in Arequipa, Peru.

photo of the Peruvian countryside full of Incan terraces.
Incan Terraces #1023
The Peruvian countryside is full of Incan terraces that are still being cultivated today. To see more landscape photos of the countryside around Arequipa, see Arequipa Landscapes.

photo of the plaza de armas in Arequipa, Peru.
Plaza de Armas #1051
The Plaza de Armas in Arequipa has a large central fountain and pleasant landscaping.

photo of a courtyard in La Recoleta museum.
La Recoleta #0940
La Recoleta museum in Arequipa has an unusual mix of exhibits including stuffed mammals, reptiles, and birds from Peru, ancient pottery from different Peruvian cultures, and a large libray of ancient books and documents - many from the 1500's. photos can be seen at La Recoleta.

photo of a courtyard in arequipa, peru
Courtyard #0532
This is another large courtyard in an Arequipa building. See more courtyard photos at Arequipa Courtyards.

photo of the Monastery of Santa Catalina in Arequipa, Peru
Monasterio de Santa Catalina #221
This is Calle Bargos near the rose garden in the Monasterio de Santa Catalina. The monastery is beautiful and should be seen. See more photos at Santa Catalina.

photo of a street artist in the plaza de armas.
Street Artist #0465
A street artist in the Plaza de Armas of Arequipa, Peru. See more photos of Ariquipa's Plaza de Armas at Plaza de Armas.

the plaza de armas in arequipa, peru.
Plaza de Armas #0878
Another view of the Plaza de Armas. See more photos of Ariquipa's Plaza de Armas at
Plaza de Armas.

photo of a street scene in arequipa, peru
Street Scene #0103
A street scene in Arequipa, Peru. See more street scene photos at Arequipa Streets.

a photo of El Misti volcano from Yanahuara, Peru.
Yanahuara View #0352
The Plaza de Armas of Yanahuara has excellent views of El Misti. For other sites and sights around Arequipa, see: Around Arequipa.

a view to Chichani
View to Chichani #107
This is beautiful Chichani.

photo of man-sized decorative jars in arequipa, peru
Jars #1017
Some very large earthen jars at El Mollino de Sabandia. For sites and sights around Arequipa, see: Around Arequipa.

a street in Arequipa, Peru.
Street Scene #0902
Another street scene in Arequipa

the Plaza de Armas in Arequipa, Peru
Plaza de Armas #0089
The Plaza de Armas in Arequipa, Peru. See more plaza photos at Plaza de Armas.

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