Why Arequipa Is Called The White City Of Peru


The Plaza de Armas in Arequipa is incredibly beautiful and one of the reasons why Arequipa is one of my favourites cities in Peru. The Plaza de Armas is surrounded by an impressive white twin-towered cathedral from 1612 and white colonial arcaded buildings with lots of cafes and restaurants.


In the middle of the Plaza is a white fountain which is surrounded by lots of palm trees. If you are looking at the cathedral one from side you can see how the mountains or volcanos evolve behind the cathedral – a wonderful view :)


The Plaza de Armas with its white cathedral and colonial buildings is one of the main sights in Arequipa and the reason why Arequipa is also called ‘The White City’ or ‘La Ciudad Blanca’.


There are lots of things to do in Arequipa such as trekking, water rafting, museums and just strolling through the city’s historic quarter and enjoying the beauty of the little alleys. So plan in between 3 and 7 days for Arequipa and the surrounding area to really be able to explore everything.

The rest of this post will now show Arequipa’s incredibly beautiful cathedral. As you can see, I’m a big fan of it :)



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  1. chele
    October 24, 2016 / 1:17 pm

    Historically in Arequipa, only white people where allowed in the streets after 9pm. hence “Cuidad de los blancos”.

    More recently, that has been forgotten, as it’s better for tourism to talk about the white buildings then to talk about about the exclusion on non-white people.

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