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Arequipa, also known as the 'White City', is the second most populous city in Peru and is known for its stunning colonial architecture, which includes many buildings made from white volcanic stone called sillar. The historic center of Arequipa is a UNESCO World Heritage site, filled with Spanish-era churches, mansions, and the impressive Santa Catalina Monastery. Surrounded by three volcanoes, most notably the iconic El Misti, Arequipa is a major economic hub and a gateway for tourists exploring the Colca Canyon and various other natural attractions in the region.


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Arequipa is the colonial capital of the Arequipa region in Peru. It is surrounded by 3 volcanoes and has baroque buildings made of sillar, a white volcanic stone. In its historic center, there is the Plaza de Armas, an impressive main square, and to the north of it is the 17th-century neoclassical Basilica Cathedral, which houses a museum displaying art and religious objects.

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Colca Canyon or Valley

The Colca Canyon is one of the deepest in the world and a popular destination for hiking. It is located in southern Peru, next to the Colca River, famous among rafting enthusiasts. In this valley lives the enormous Andean condor, which can be observed from various viewpoints, such as the Cruz del Condor one. It is an area with green landscapes and several remote traditional villages where the Inca terrace farming is practiced.