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Arequipa: City tour and Santa Catalina Monastery

1. Arequipa: City tour and Santa Catalina Monastery

You will be picked up from your hotel to be transferred to the Carmen Alto viewpoint, where you will enjoy the countryside of Arequipa with a view to Chili river, and the Misti and Chachani volcanoes, in the background. Then you will be transported to the Yanahuara viewpoint, an olden construction of the XIX century, where they will obtain a view to the cityside, always with the imposing Misti watching over. After that, you will visit the basilica of the Company of Jesus, an impressive architectonic piece of neo-renaissance style, built with white stone, known as ashlar. The tour will continue in Main Square, the main space of urban encounters. Finally, you will know to get to know the famous Convent of Santa Catalina, a prestigious institution of the XVI century, comprised of plazas, cloisters, and streets, that used to be inhabited by the daughters of prestigious families, who were kept by the convent’s nuns.

Arequipa: Private City Tour and Santa Catalina Monastery

2. Arequipa: Private City Tour and Santa Catalina Monastery

The route begins in Arequipa´s Main Square, one of the most beautiful squares in Peru. Facing this square is the imposing Cathedral, built in the 17th century. From there, continue to the Monastery of Santa Catalina, a cloister and small religious citadel built in 1579, still in use to this date. Then, visit the Church of the Compañia de Jesus (1590). Considered a classic example of local baroque architecture, it houses an exceptional collection of paintings and murals. Lastly, visit the districts of Yanahuara and Carmen Alto for a panoramic view of the Arequipa countryside. At the end, take a transfer back to the hotel.

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