Peru Encompassed 2009 travel blog



Arequipa is such a beautiful city, named the White City due to volcanic stones that are commonly used for the construction of houses and buildings. It is placed in the middle of a great green oasis at 2325m and just in the center of the most arid part of the Andes.

The city's surrounded by several volcanoes like El Misti (5821m), considered the symbol of the city, the Chachani (6075m) and the Pichu Pichu (5571m). The white stone is called "sillar".

Due to its beauty and delightful weather (between 21° and 25° during the day) our walks have taken us from colonial buildings to parks, from small streets with antique decorations to palaces. It has almost one million citizens and is the second most important city in Peru.

The trip to Arequipa has left a lasting impression on me. I cannot compare this city with Lima as the colonial center of the capital is very much neglected nowadays, so it is so far impossible to evaluate it to the full extent. But out of all the provincial cities, which I've managed to visit thus far, I've been told only Cusco can be placed in line with Arequipa in beauty, cleanliness, architectural richness and tourist attraction.

We ventured to a world renowned restaurant named ZigZag where I thouroughly enjoyed a beef fillet, Alpine apple pie and some Argentinean wine, which was all the better when the generous Brit shouted it!!!

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