The White City of Arequipa with Enigma Peru


enigmaperu diaries brings you Peru's White City, Arequipa. Arequipa is known as 'The White City" because it's filled with stately colonial buildings built with white volcanic stone, called sillar. The city also features incredible historic sights, and it's the base for visits into the famous Colca Canyon, the second-deepest canyon in the world.

Protected by three majestic volcanoes, the city is nestled in the high Altiplano of the Andes, at an altitude of 2325m (7628 ft). Its architecture is comprised of a formidable ensemble of baroque buildings. In 2000, the city’s center proudly earned a well-deserved UNESCO World Heritage listing, which pays tribute to the cathedral situated in Arequipa’s most beautiful Plaza de Armas. To find out more about how to explore this colonial-era capital of Peru, contact

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