Arequipa, Peru, sep 3 - sep 7, 2012

Arequipa is also called the white city because its colonial buildings were built from a volcanic white rock called sillar. These buildings, especially around the Plaza de Armas, are beautiful and make visitors feel like they have stepped back in time. The highlight for us was visiting the Monasterio de Santa Catalina. In the middle of the historic city center lies this island of peace: imposing colonial architecture and lovely plants decorate the grounds. Nowadays most of the monastery has been converted into a museum, but there are a few nuns still living in a part of the grounds not open to the public.

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