Tour code: 5243AQPCT
Explore Arequipa many historical sights and attractions on a half-day sightseeing tour of the city. A knowedgable and expert guide will take you via air-conditioned coah to spectacular viewpoints like the Mirador de Yanahuara, and lead you through some of Arequipa's most exquisite colonial districts—including Yanaahuara and St Lazarus. You'll also visit the Monastery of St Catherine, which was closed to the public for almost 400 hundreds years. 


  • 3.5-hour city sightseeing tour of Arequipa
  • See top attractions like the Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa
  • Admire the pearl-colored buildings that give the city its nickname – the White City
  • Explore two colonial areas – St Lazarus and Yanahuara
  • Visit the Monastery of St Catherine and enjoy its tranquil atmosphere
  • Learn about the city’s history from your knowledgeable guide

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What You Can Expect

Arequipa City Tour Including St Catherine Monastery

Iglesia de los Jesuita

Arequipa is known as the White City (Ciudad Blanca) due to its many colonial-era buildings made from sillar, a white volcanic rock; admire these buildings and more as you start your city tour with pickup at your hotel by air-conditioned coach.

With your guide, head first to the St Lazarus quarter, where Arequipa was founded. Hop off the coach to walk along the picturesque streets lined with flowers and hear about the history of the city from your guide, and then make your way to the Carmen Alto viewpoint, where you’ll have a fabulous view of the outlying farmland and three volcanoes that surround the city: Misti, Cachani and Pichu Pichu.

After snapping some photos, continue your city sightseeing tour to another colonial district – Yanahuara – famous for its Andalusia-style church and buildings made from sillar. The area is also known for El Mirador de Yanahuara, a popular viewpoint where you’ll catch more views!

Next, visit the Monastery of St Catherine, a beautiful religious site home to the nuns of the Dominican Second Order that was closed to the public for nearly 400 years. Open today, it offers narrow alleyways and a peaceful plaza and gardens reminiscent of ancient Seville or Granada; enjoy the serene atmosphere as you stroll through them with your guide.

Lastly, head to Arequipa’s main square – Plaza de Armas – to see the Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa, which has a history that dates back to the 1500s, although the physical structure has been rebuilt many times due to earthquakes and fires. You’ll then visit the Iglesia de los Jesuita (Church of the Society of Jesus), founded in the 17th century by Jesuits and known for its cloisters and St Ignacio Dome.

After this perfect introduction to Arequipa, your tour ends when you are returned to your hotel.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

The guide was great!! The tour was educational and definitely showed us some of the highlights of the city. We wouldn't have been able to see all of this without the tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

So glad we booked this. Guide was funny and answered all our questions. I couldn't imagine going to these sites by ourselves, was so worth it!

Bandit USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Comprehensive city tour of the main attractions of Arequipa. Knowledgeable and charismatic guide which made all the difference. Highly recommend booking this!


4 star rating: Recommended March 2016

Good tour, thoroughly enjoyed

Kathleen P

3 star rating: Worth doing May 2015

Tour comprehensive, guide very knowledgable. I booked English tour but all were Spanish speakers. Guide's descriptions very long so found myself waiting many minutes for information. Suggestion:- break each description into smaller sections? Had Eng guide in St Catalina but felt obliged to give tip

Linda K

3 star rating: Worth doing April 2015

A lovely city

colin c

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better February 2016

The guide and transport were good the issues we had developed around the large religious content, roughly two thirds of the tour was taken up with visits to a convent and a church, these visits were interesting in themselves but as both my wife and I are atheists it WA just to much for us.

I wouldn't put others of going on this tour if you have an interest in religion, just not our bag

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