Arequipa, located on in southern Peru, in surrounded by volcanoes and sea. Unlike many other cities in the country, Arequipa has no Inca artifacts, but is a visual example of Spanish and mestizo culture. Throughout the city center, which is considered a UNESCO Human Heritage Site, visitors can find examples of Spanish colonial building practices. Moreover, it is often referred to as the “White City” because of its many white sillar sculpted temples, convents and palaces. For those looking to enjoy outdoor adventures, like hiking Volcano Misti or rafting in Colca River, Arequipa experiences about 300 days of sun and clear blue skies each year.
If you’d like to enjoy some typical Peruvian cuisine, Arequipa is the place to go, as it features much variety and is well-known for its unique gastronomy. Traditional “picanterias” abound, where you’ll get rich sampler-style tapas. Some meals to expect include “Ocopa,” boiled potatoes smothered in spicy cream sauce, blended with dry bread and served with lettuce, olives and eggs, “Chupe de Camarones,” a flavorful soup containing shrimp, eggs, cheese, milk, potatoes, tomatoes and spicy peppers and “Chactado,” guinea pig or rabbit topped with spicy gravy and served with boiled potatoes.