Arequipa is known as the White City of Peru.
Its a cradle of art, architecture and a historic bastion for intellectuals and writers.
Many of the buildings are made from sillar, a white volcanic rock. It reflects an average of 300 days of sun a year, giving the city a bright, luminescent quality..
The city center offers dozens of examples of colonial architecture, including the Casona Flores del Campo, the Jesuit Cloisters, and especially the Santa Catalina Convent and La Recoleta Monastery.
Both are repositories for some of South Americas finest Hispano-American religious art.
Vast expanses of sierra and cone-shaped volcanoes surround the city with the imposing El Misti visible from most parks and plazas..