Arequipa City Tour with Stop to Saint Catherine Monastery

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Experience a journey to the colonial history of Peru on a trip to significant sites with gorgeous architecture and cultural relevance.


  • Entrance to the Saint Catherine Monastery which has been closed to the public for nearly 400 years

  • A gorgeous view of the Misti, Chachani and Pichu-Picchu volcanoes from the Carmen Alto viewpoint

  • Sightseeing in San Lazaro, home to the beginnings colonial architecture and culture in Arequipa


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See the elegant architecture of the churches and narrow streets at the colonial districts of San Lazaro where Hispanic culture in the Arequipa was born.

Stroll down the streets of Yanahuara and admire its buildings built from sillar, a pearly volcanic rock, and enjoy a scenic view of the city's volcanoes in the background. From the Carmen Alto viewpoint, the Misti, Chachani and Pichu-Picchu volcanoes form a postcard-perfect picture.

The Saint Catherine Monastery is about as close to Spain as you can get in South America, with architecture that mirrors that of Seville and Granada. Over 20,000 square meters, this monastery was built in the Mudejar style, most evident in its brightly painted walls.

The Saint Catherine Monastery is home to about 20 Dominican nuns, living in the north of the complex while the rest is open to the public. So large, it is almost like a city within a city.

Here you will find the following attractions: the Main Cloister, the largest in the monastery, this cloister contains dramatic paintings depicting the life of Jesus and Mary, among several confessionals; The Church- with its altar wrought in silver dedicated to Sor Ana de Los Angeles Monteagudo, a holy woman known for her healing miracles buried under the church; Cordova Street, built in the style of Spain with lovely hanging geraniums; Plaza Zocodover, where the nuns gathered on Sundays to barter their religious handicrafts; Sevilla Street, the former kitchen with darkened walls and ceilings from the burned coal and wood in the past and a display of cooking tools; Burgos Street with its charming vegetable garden, and the laundry area with huge storage vats that served as wash tubs.


  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

  • Tour guide


  • Entrance fees

  • Meals and drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • Please dress appropriately for admission into the religious sites. Shorts will not be allowed inside.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement): between 4 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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