For another top attraction, the worth seeing tour of the old nunnery Monasterio Santa Catalina you should plan at least half a day. In the seemingly endless corridors of the city in the city, as it is called the monastery of locals, you will be told the abstemious way of life of the nuns and their barren accommodations. The monastery is considered one of the most important religious buildings from the colonial period of Perú and occupies an enormous area in Arequipa. Here, up to 150 nuns lived in secret behind the red and blue walls, which were only opened to the public in the 20th century. Within the complex you could live almost completely self-sufficient.
We often use Arequipa as an ideal starting point for our subsequent days, which will take you to Chivay at 4,910 meters at the Mirador de los Volcanes. In Chivay on then again about 3.650 meters altitude it is worth staying overnight and then the next morning very early to the Colca Canyon, the second deepest gorge of the Perús. You will get a very impressive panoramic view if you can watch the Condore flights from the Mirador Cruz del Condor.