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Arequipa City Tour Including St Catherine Monastery

Arequipa, Peru
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3 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 1 more


Explore Arequipa's 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. Visit the Monastery of St Catherine, which was closed to the public for almost 400 hundreds years.
  • Half-day 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
Following pickup at your hotel in Arequipa, set out to explore what is known as the White City (Ciudad Blanca) aboard an air-conditioned coach. 
Stop first at the St Lazarus quarter, where Arequipa was founded. Walk down lovely streets lined with flowers and historic homes. At the Carmen Alto viewpoint, stop for views and photo ops of the surrounding farmland, framed by the Pichu Pichu, Cachani and Misti volcanoes. 
See the Andalusian-style church and buildings in the Yanahuara colonial district. The white buildings here are made from sillar, a volcanic rock, giving the White City its nickname. Stop at another popular viewpoint, El Mirador de Yanahuara.
Continue to the Monastery of St Catherine, a Dominican religious site that was closed to the public for over 4 centuries. Walk through the nunnery's peaceful plazas, narrow alleyways and lush gardens.
Visit the Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa in the Plaza de Armas, dating from the 16th century. Learn about the history of the structure from your guide, then stop by cloisters at the Church of the Society of Jesus (Iglesia de los Jesuita). 
At the conclusion of your city tour, return to your hotel for drop-off.

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Laurence C
, Jul 2018
The monastery part of this tour was very good and not included in any other tour. Well worth while.
, Jul 2018
The spectacular views of the city of Arequipa and the super interesting visit to the Monastery really made our trip to Arequipa worth the trip!! Our choice of tours was a very good one. The guide was excellent, very knowledgeable and helpful. Enjoyed every minute of it.
Ken D
, Sep 2017
Enjoyable as we saw many interesting sites - If you arrive at the Monastery and don't have time to see it all then ask if you can come back for free - they were very accommodating at the entrance
cally h
, Sep 2017
Not bad, but could have been better.
Angela S
, Jun 2017
Great tour guide! Wonderful afternoon activity!
Hitomi S
, Sep 2016
City tour was good.
, Mar 2016
Good tour, thoroughly enjoyed
colin c
, Feb 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
Kathleen P
, 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
, 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.

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