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Arequipa, Historic and Colonial City and Santa Catalina Monastery

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Explore Arequipa's many historical sights and attractions on a half-day sightseeing tour of the city. A knowedgable and expert guide will take you via air-conditioned coah to spectacular viewpoints like the Mirador de Yanahuara, and lead you through some of Arequipa's most exquisite colonial districts—including Yanaahuara and St Lazarus. Visit the Monastery of St Catherine, which was closed to the public for almost 400 hundreds years.
  • Half-day city sightseeing tour of Arequipa
  • See top attractions like the Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa
  • Admire the pearl-colored buildings that give the city its nickname – the White City
  • Explore two colonial areas – St Lazarus and Yanahuara
  • Visit the Monastery of St Catherine and enjoy its tranquil atmosphere
  • Learn about the city’s history from your knowledgeable guide
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

2:00 PM
Following pickup at your hotel in Arequipa, set out to explore what is known as the White City (Ciudad Blanca) aboard an air-conditioned coach. 

Stop first at the St Lazarus quarter, where Arequipa was founded. Walk down lovely streets lined with flowers and historic homes. At the Carmen Alto viewpoint, stop for views and photo ops of the surrounding farmland, framed by the Pichu Pichu, Cachani and Misti volcanoes. 

See the Andalusian-style church and buildings in the Yanahuara colonial district. The white buildings here are made from sillar, a volcanic rock, giving the White City its nickname. Stop at another popular viewpoint, El Mirador de Yanahuara.

Continue to the Monastery of St Catherine, a Dominican religious site that was closed to the public for over 4 centuries. Walk through the nunnery's peaceful plazas, narrow alleyways and lush gardens.

Visit the Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa in the Plaza de Armas, dating from the 16th century. Learn about the history of the structure from your guide, then stop by cloisters at the Church of the Society of Jesus (Iglesia de los Jesuita). 

At the conclusion of your city tour, return to your hotel for drop-off.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Historic Centre of Arequipa
The White City opens up its doors in a tour that begins in the Carmen Alto viewpoint from where we will be able to admire the beautiful landscape of farming terraces and the three guardian volcanoes that surround the city: Misti, Chachani and Picchu-Picchu.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Plaza de Armas
We will then continue to the colonial district of Yanahuara, famous for its church built in Andalusia style, and its viewpoint with is gorgeous architecture surrounded by sillar stone arches. We will then visit the Monastery of Saint Catherine, an impressive religious monument that had been closed to the public for nearly 400 years; its narrow streets, plazas and gardens reminds us of the ancient districts of Seville or Granada.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Monasterio de Santa Catalina
Finally, we will head for the Main Square, where we will be able to see the Cathedral and the arches that surround the plaza, and then visit the Church of the Company of Jesus founded in the 17th century by the Jesuits, and which stands out for its cloisters and the famous Saint Ignacio Dome.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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
  • OPERATED BY VIPAC - Viajes Pacifico
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Arequipa, Historic and Colonial City and Santa Catalina Monastery?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Arequipa, Historic and Colonial City and Santa Catalina Monastery?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Arequipa, Historic and Colonial City and Santa Catalina Monastery.
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What is the social distancing policy during Arequipa, Historic and Colonial City and Santa Catalina Monastery?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Arequipa, Historic and Colonial City and Santa Catalina Monastery.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Arequipa, Historic and Colonial City and Santa Catalina Monastery?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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star-5
Highly Recommended
Mary
, 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.
star-5
The monastery part of this tour was...
Laurence C
, Jul 2018
The monastery part of this tour was very good and not included in any other tour. Well worth while.
star-5
Wonderful tour!
Carolina_J
, 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.
star-5
Enjoyable as we saw many interesting...
Ken D
, 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
star-2
The guide and transport were good...
colin c
, 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
star-3
Tour comprehensive, guide very...
Kathleen P
, 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
star-5
The guide was great!! The tour was...
coblast19
, May 2015
The guide was great!! The tour was educational and definitely showed us some of the highlights of the city. We wouldn't have been able to see all of this without the tour.
star-5
Comprehensive city tour of the main...
Bandit
, Jun 2014
Comprehensive city tour of the main attractions of Arequipa. Knowledgeable and charismatic guide which made all the difference. Highly recommend booking this!
star-5
Excellent guide
Milia_J
, Oct 2019
Il s’agissait d’un groupe trilingue. Le guide parlait les 3 langues et nous proposer de traduire si on ne comprenait pas en espagnol s’assurant a multiples reprises que l’on avait bien compris . Hormis des informations sur les lieux que l’on visitait il a été tres a l'écoute de tous avec de l’humour qu’il faut. Grand Merci
star-5
Rien que pour le monastère allez-y
Philippe_D
, Sep 2018
Superbe visite avec un beau point de vue sur le volcan en particulier et après un cloître et la place centrale visite avec un guide particulier en français de ce plus grand monastère au monde, une ville dans la ville ! Sublime

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