Arequipa – Peru’s White City   Leave a comment

Friday 3rd October 2014

After Sucre in Bolivia, we explore another Ciudad Blanca (White City) – this time in Peru: Arequipa with its stunning colonial buildings made of pearly sillar stone, a white volcanic material.

At the top of the list of things to see in Arequipa is the Monasterio de Santa Catalina, a convent founded in 1579 and closed off from the outer world for almost four centuries until it was opened to the public in 1970. It’s like a city within the city.

We are well impressed. After the monastery we head for the Plaza de Armas again and play ‘spot our restaurant from last night’. Can you?

Arequipa’s mercado central –

There are over 400 varieties of potatoes in Peru

This is one of them

Did I mention that I miss my Possu?

Have a guess what this is. We couldn’t figure it out until we asked the friendly stall owner…

This lovely lady pampered us with freshly pressed papaya and lucuma juice


If you ever visit Peru, don’t miss Arequipa – we absolutely love it! If you need any further persuasion you will find more photos here.


Posted 4 October 2014 by Pumpy in Peru, The 2014 Rucksack Trip

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