We arrived in Arequipa early on Thursday morning after a 9 hour night bus. We didn’t get much sleep as the roads we really bumpy and the bus felt like it was going to drive off the cliff. (at one point I looked out the window to see a sheer drop – with the driver doing a speed of 90km). This was the only bus journey we have ever been on where they take your fingerprints and film you on the bus. Apparently to help identify you if the worst happens and the bus goes off the cliff!
Arequipa lies in the Andes mountains, at an altitude of 2,335 meters (7,661 ft) above sea level.
The city has many colonial Spanish era buildings built of Sillar, a pearly white volcanic rock, from which it gets the nickname La Ciudad Blanca (“The White City”). The city is overlooked by a dormant snow-capped volcano El Misti.
After getting off the bus at 8am we headed straight to the markets to get some breakfast. After some juice and bread we spent the day exploring the city.
We visited the Santa Catalina Convent in Arequipa. As you can see from the photos it was painted with vibrant colours and reminded us of the Mediterranean feel.