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Arequipa City Tour with a visit to the Monastery of Santa Catalina

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Immerse yourself in the rich history and captivating beauty of Arequipa with our half-day city tour. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, embark on a journey through the city’s iconic landmarks aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle. Marvel at breathtaking panoramas from spectacular viewpoints like the Mirador de Yanahuara, where the city unfolds beneath you in all its splendor.

Delve into Arequipa’s colonial heritage as you wander through the enchanting districts of Yanahuara and San Lázaro, each adorned with charming architecture and vibrant streets. Discover the fascinating stories and cultural significance behind each historic site, gaining insights into Arequipa’s past and present.

A highlight of the tour is a visit to the Monastery of Santa Catalina, a true gem of Arequipa. Step into this remarkable complex, where centuries-old cloisters, colorful courtyards, and ornate chapels offer a glimpse into the city’s religious and architectural legacy. Explore the labyrinthine pathways of the monastery as your guide unveils its secrets and recounts tales of its intriguing past. With every step, you’ll find yourself enchanted by Arequipa’s unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty, making this city tour an unforgettable experience for all who embark on it.

Half-day city tour of Arequipa.

Discover iconic landmarks such as the Arequipa Cathedral Basilica.

Marvel at the pearl-colored buildings, earning Arequipa its nickname, the White City.

Explore colonial districts and Yanahuara.

Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the Monastery of Santa Catalina.

Gain insights into the city’s rich history from your knowledgeable guide.

Price Includes

  • Professional English/Spanish speaking certified guide
  • 24/7 customer service support
  • Water bottles
  • Pick-up and drop-off at your hotel in Arequipa (hotels in the historic center)
  • Tourist transport

Price Excludes

  • Entrance fee to the Monastery of Santa Catalina (20 soles or approximately 6 dollars)
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for our staff

Day 1Arequipa | Chilina Valley | Sabandia Mill | Sachaca Viewpoint

After being picked up from your hotel in Arequipa, embark on an enriching journey through the Ciudad Blanca (White City) aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned coach. Our first stop is the San Lázaro neighborhood, the very heart of Arequipa’s foundation.

Stroll through its enchanting streets adorned with vibrant flowers and historic homes, soaking in the charm of this quaint district.

Pause at the Carmen Alto viewpoint to marvel at the sweeping vistas of the surrounding landscape and capture memorable photographs against the backdrop of Misti, Chachani, and Picchu-Picchu, the three guardian volcanoes overlooking the city.

Continue our exploration in the historic center of Arequipa, where the Plaza de Armas awaits with its timeless allure. Then, venture into the colonial district of Yanahuara, renowned for its Andalusian-style church and picturesque viewpoint adorned with splendid architecture framed by ashlar stone arches.

Our journey then leads us to the awe-inspiring Monastery of Santa Catalina, an architectural marvel that remained closed to the public for nearly four centuries. Lose yourself in its labyrinthine streets, charming squares, and tranquil gardens, reminiscent of the old neighborhoods of Seville or Granada.

Concluding our tour, we visit the iconic Plaza de Armas, home to the majestic Cathedral and surrounded by elegant arches. Explore the Church of the Company of Jesus, a 17th-century masterpiece founded by the Jesuits, renowned for its exquisite cloisters and the renowned San Ignacio Dome. This comprehensive journey offers a captivating glimpse into the rich history, cultural heritage, and architectural wonders of Arequipa, leaving you with lasting memories of this enchanting city.

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Solo Traveller

I had the pleasure of experiencing the “City Lights Tour” during my recent visit to your beautiful city, and I must say it exceeded all my expectations. From the moment we embarked on the journey, the knowledgeable guide kept us entertained with fascinating anecdotes and historical insights about the landmarks we passed.
The itinerary was perfectly curated, allowing us to witness the city’s vibrant nightlife while admiring iconic landmarks illuminated against the night sky. The highlight for me was the stop at the panoramic viewpoint, where I captured breathtaking photos to cherish forever. Overall, it was an unforgettable experience that I would highly recommend to anyone visiting the area.

March 30, 2023