Arequipa, Historic And Colonial City And Santa Catalina Monastery

Per Person
Book this tour with

Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 Hrs 30 Mins
  • Language:
  • Departure Time :
    2:00 PM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Point: Tour departs from downtown Arequipa hotels
    Please Note: This service doesn't include pick up in private residencies, example; Airbnb
    Address: The t.. read more
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. 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

Know More about this tour

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

Entry/Admission - Plaza de Armas

Entry/Admission - Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa

Entry/Admission - Volcan Misti



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

Traveler Reviews

See all reviews
  • 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.

  • 29-Jul-2018

    The monastery part of this tour was very good and not included in any other tour. Well worth while.

  • 17-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.

  • 04-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

  • 01-Sep-2017

    Not bad, but could have been better.

  • 19-Jun-2017

    Great tour guide! Wonderful afternoon activity!

  • 26-Sep-2016

    City tour was good.

  • 09-Mar-2016

    Good tour, thoroughly enjoyed

  • 29-Jan-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

  • 28-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

See all reviews