Arequipa and the Santa Catalina Convent

Posted: June 18, 2013 in Peru, Photos, South America
Plaza de Armas, Arequipa

Plaza de Armas, Arequipa

After the adventures in Colca Canyon, we headed to Peru’s second largest city, Arequipa, also known as the White City, due to the majority of the World Heritage historical centre being built out of white volcanic rock.  As you can see from the photo above, it makes for some amazing architecture, and we spent a couple of days enjoying not only the buildings, also the volcanoes that surround the city and add an amazing backdrop.  It reminded me of Antigua in Guatemala, albeit a bigger city…

One of the highlights of the city (other than eating in some of the most beautiful restaurants of the entire trip (and our lives) due to the use of the 15th and 16th century white lava constructed buildings) is the Convent of Santa Catalina.  We spent a few hours wandering the “city within a city”.  Built in 1579, it is an amazing piece of work, and has been preserved brilliantly, I will let the photo’s below tell the story.

With a great couple of days done in Arequipa, time for another (and perhaps the last!) South American overnight bus ride to the capital of Peru, Lima!

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