“Villa hermosa de nuestra Señora de la Asunta” was the name the beautiful city of Arequipa was founded with, also known as the “White City”. This week, the capital of  sillar (white rock) and good food is celebrating. This year is the 479th anniversary of this beautiful city and, the best way to celebrate it is to get to know every corner of it. Therefore, we share with you some activities you can do during your stay.

After a well-deserved rest in Tierra Viva Arequipa Plaza Hotel, you can start your tour by visiting thePlaza de Armas, one of the most beautiful in Peru and South America, which will surely be celebrating all week. If you are nearby, you can visit the San Camilo Market, where you can find a variety of local products and the famous pariah cheese.

Another place you should visit is the Monastery of Santa Catalina, the convent of cloistered nuns that will leave you enchanted by its full colored walls. You cannot leave aside the viewpoint of Yanahuara, where you can enjoy the amazing view of the city under the Misti volcano.

At the end of this journey, there will be nothing better than visiting on of the picanterías, where you will find the best typical dishes of this southern region. Don’t forget to order your meal with a refreshing Kola Escocesa, the Arequipa signature drink.

And to make the most of this destination, a mandatory stop must be the Colca Canyon. You can choose the one-day or 2-day tour, so you can enjoy every detail of your visit. Remember to bring water and a good coat for the hike. Once there, you can enjoy the traditional flight of the condor and, if you are lucky, you can witness a wonderful dance of condors at all lineages. An unforgettable experience!

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