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Arequipa the “white city” is excitingly beautiful, but the centre only. The city lies at the foot of vulcan El Misti and Chachani. The Santa Catalina monastery is a must (www.santacatalina.org.pe) but there are several other interesting museums, e.g. Casa del Moral
If you want to continue to the higher mountains, e.g. Lake Titicaca ( 3800 m altitude) it is recommended to adapt for some days in Arequipa (2350 m altitude).
Recommended hotel: la Posada del Monasterio
Because occupied we stayed in the near by hotel Crismar (opposite the main post office). Good quality but only slightly cheaper than Posada de Monasterio, but not comparable with that hotel! Free Internet.

Impressions of Arequipa

Monastery Santa Catalina in the heart of Arequipa

Casa de Moral

Surroundings of Arequipa

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