Arequipa Journals

Arequipa - The White City of Peru

An April 2001 trip to Arequipa by apete

Cathedral in Arequipa Photo, Arequipa, Peru More Photos
Quote: I have spent over two weeks living in this wonderful city of Peru that should be the next stop after any to Cuzco or Macchu Picchu.

Arequipa - The White City of Peru

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Overview

Cathedral in Arequipa Photo, Arequipa, Peru
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I have now heard two reasons why this is called The White City. First, most tour books will call it the white city because of the sillar blocks (white volcanic rock) that was used to construct the city in colonial times. The other reasoning comes from the Peruvian tour guides that I have had in the city. They claim that because the indigenous were moved to the other side of the river, which is now Yanahuara, and when visitors came to the city all they saw were the 'white' Spaniards, who were occuping what is now the Plaza de Armas area. They claim that the white block thoery was not true because up until the 20th century these rock buildings were painted.Choose which ever belief tha...Read More

La Catedral

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Attraction | "San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monestery"

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This Church was by far my favorite of the city. It is small and simple. I like the way the clay bricks and the sillar blocks worked together both outside and inside. There isn´t the detail of the carvings on the walls as you can see in the Church of the Campañia or San Augustine for example but those can be seen throughout the city. This church was built in the late 1500s. It is free to visit the church while it is open but to tour the monastery there is a small fee and the entrance is to the right of the church doors. Once you have paid, a guide will be assigned to you. Mine spoke a little English. Inside you get to see numerous art works from what is called the Cuzcuno school. Some are...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 11, 2001

La Catedral
Plaza de Armas
Arequipa, Peru

Church of San Agustin Photo, Lima, Peru
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This was another of the number of churches that are scattered throughout the city. I found it to be open where others in the city have odd hours that must not have mixed with my schedule. San Agustin looks very beautiful from the outside with detailed engravings on its sillar walls similar to La Compañia but the inside is unfortunatly more like the Catedral. It must have had extensive damage at one point as well and had to be replaced with the current plaster walls.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 11, 2001

Church of San Agustin
San Agustin & Bolivar Streets
Lima

Museo Santury

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Attraction | "Museo Santuarios Andinos"

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This is the museum where the famous Incan Ice Princess mummy, Juanita is housed. Juanita was found in 1995 on top of the Ampato Volcano near Arequipa. The tour consists of two parts the first half was a National Geographic Society video that was about Juanita. I had already seen it so it was not really all that meaningful but if you know nothing it is better than a guide that can only speak garbled English. (Note: our guide spoke pretty good English.) After the video you are taken into a series of four rooms. The first three contain grave offerings that were found with Juanita and the other mummies on Ampato. The last room contained the remains of Juanita and two other mummies found on ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 11, 2001

Museo Santury
Santa Catalina 210
Arequipa, Peru
+51 54 200345

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This is the chocolate of choice in Arequipa. It is made locally in Arequipa. Their milk chocolate bar is called MILKY and can be found throughout the city. Within the store itself you can buy almost anything else including a box of chocolates in a chocolate box. Very good. You should at least try the MILKY bar.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 12, 2001

La Iberica Chocolate Shop
Jerusalén 136, Cercado
Arequipa, Peru

La Catedral

Attraction

La Catedral Photo, Arequipa, Peru
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This is a very large church. It was definitly not my favorite in the city. It was gutted by a fire in the late 1800s and now the insides are mostly plaster. It does look beautiful from the outside though, especially lit up at night. It is also nice because the two spires can direct you to the Plaza de Armas from many directions.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 7, 2001

La Catedral
Plaza de Armas
Arequipa, Peru

Claustros de la Compañía

Attraction | "La Compañia and cloisters"

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This is a very beautiful church just off of the Plaza de Armas opposite of the Cathedral. The carving of the sillar around the outside of this church is beautiful. The inside of this church is still the white sillar and is beautiful. To the left of the alter there is an entrance to a small chapel where a couple of tour guides claimed it looked like the Sistine Chapel. I hope it does not look like the Sistine Chapel because it really was not worth the dollar or so that it cost me to get back there. It is basically a coupula that is painted in jungle motifs. Also visit the old cloisters of the church which are located just to the left of the church entrance. Here you can find all of the to...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 7, 2001

Claustros de la Compañía
General Morán 118 y Palacio Viejo 115
Arequipa, Peru
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