Arequipa, Historic And Colonial City And Santa Catalina Monastery

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 3 Hrs 30 Mins
  • Language:
  • Departure Time :
    02:00 PM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Get to know Arequipa on this history-filled city sightseeing tour. With a professional guide, youll see the citys top historical attractions, including the colonial districts of St Lazarus and Yanahuara, the Monastery of St Catherine and the Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa, as well as two locations that provide excellent views of the city and its surrounds Carmen Alto and the Mirador de Yanahuara. Travel by air-conditioned coach and hop off at various sites to walk around and soak it all in.


  • All entrance fees included
  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Family friendly
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

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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 youll 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 youll 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 Arequipas 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. Youll 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.


Air-conditioned vehicle

Professional guide

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Entry/Admission - Monasterio de Santa Catalina



Food and drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Note: Admission to religious places in shorts is not allowed; please wear long pants or a long skirt

Not wheelchair accessible

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Regular temperature checks for staff

Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

We suggest arriving in Peru with antibacterial gel for personal use.

Traveler Reviews

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  • 16-Dec-2022

    Undoubtedly, Arequipa is a wonderful destination if you are going to visit Peru. Warm people, very good food, very beautiful places, an incomparable nature.

  • 06-Jul-2022

    We really enjoyed the tour. We learned a ton of interesting information and saw a beautiful part of Arequipa history

  • 04-Jul-2022

    Tour guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. Arequipa is a beautiful city, we are so glad we were able to spend a few days here!

  • 02-May-2022

    The tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. We learned many aspects of the Peruvian culture. In a short time (4 hours) we really get acclimated in this city. Just that you take this early on your trip so you can get oriented before you decide on your next stops.

  • 03-Feb-2022

    Visiting the Santa Catalina monastery was fascinating. Our tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and made the monastery come alive in the mind which was interesting and shocking.

  • 08-Dec-2021

    Ciudad con centro Histórico muy rico en arte Barroco Andino, con calles,casonas coloniales de estilo andaluz. Riqueza nivel religioso remarcable para su época. Hoy una ciudad pujante creciendo continuamente con migración del interior a la capital. Nivel geográfico paisajístico, cañón de Colca y Cotahuasi a conocer.Reserva Nacional de Salinas y Aguada Blanca donde se protege flora y fauna principalmente la Vicuña. La costa con balnearios y playas concentradas en Mollendo y Matarani para la pesca deportiva.

  • 24-Feb-2020

    The guide was excellent, lively, interesting and spoke very good English. The tour was packed with information presented in a clear manner. The guide gave me another English translator for Santa Catalina so I had my own gilded tour for the Monastery. Overall, excellent.

  • 21-Feb-2020

    The guide was excellent, lively, interesting and spoke very good English. The tour was packed with information presented in a clear manner. The guide gave me another English translator for Santa Catalina so I had my own gilded tour for the Monastery. Overall, excellent.

  • 02-Jan-2020

    The view that is pictured here is really quite beautiful. I know the Santa Catalina Monastery is supposed to be a big point of interest, but personally (and so did the rest of my group of 8 people) found it quite boring and our guide was quite "stuffy". I've been to Arequipa twice and really enjoy the city, but one trip to the monastery was more than enough.

  • 19-Nov-2019

    Aun y cuando leimos las experiencias de los demas decidimos tomarlo Tour Class un bus verde la Guia no dio mayor explicacion de los lugares y estaba pendiente de las cremas que una pasajera se estaba poniendo en la cara, luego fui con el dueño del tour aperdirle un reembolso este Señor fue sumamente grocero. No se les ocurra tomar este tour

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