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Arequipa

Arequipa, Peruís second largest city with about one million inhabitants, sits at 2,300 metres in the Rio Chilli valley and, other than the irrigated parts of the city and its outlying farms, its surroundings consist of Andean desert. The picturesque volcanoes of El Misti, Chachani, and Pichu Pichu together form the majestic backdrop to the old heart of the city (a World Heritage Site) around the Plaza de Armas, an attractive and busy square surrounded by 19th century colonnaded balconies on three sides and by a lateral cathedral on the fourth. The Jesuit church of La Compania with its vibrantly coloured murals is just off the square, and a little further away is the Monasterio Santa Catalina, founded in 1580 a massive convent complex, covering 20,000 square meters, with streets, bathhouses, kitchens, apartments and chapels.
Alpaca
Alpaca
Llama
Llama
Arequipa side-street
Arequipa side-street
Rio Chilli
Rio Chilli
Rio Chilli Valley farm
Rio Chilli Valley farm
Catholic offerings, Yanahuara
Catholic offerings, Yanahuara
Yanahuara church
Yanahuara church
Palm trunk
Palm trunk
Yanahuara mirador
Yanahuara mirador
Yanahuara street
Yanahuara street
Geraniums
Geraniums
Yanahuara church
Yanahuara church
Arequipa Cathedral
Arequipa Cathedral
The Virgin of Chapi
The Virgin of Chapi
School girl, Plaza de Armas
School girl, Plaza de Armas
School girl, Plaza de Armas
School girl, Plaza de Armas
Door knocker, Plaza de Armas
Door knocker, Plaza de Armas
San Ignacio chapel, La Compania
San Ignacio chapel, La Compania
San Ignacio chapel, La Compania
San Ignacio chapel, La Compania
San Ignacio chapel, La Compania
San Ignacio chapel, La Compania
Pre-Columbian pottery
Pre-Columbian pottery
Cuy chactado (deep-fried guinea pig)
Cuy chactado (deep-fried guinea pig)
Cacti at Sol de Mayo
Cacti at Sol de Mayo
Cacti at Sol de Mayo
Cacti at Sol de Mayo
Monasterio Santa Catalina
Monasterio Santa Catalina
Cloister, Monasterio Santa Catalina
Cloister, Monasterio Santa Catalina
Monasterio Santa Catalina
Monasterio Santa Catalina
Laundry, Monasterio Santa Catalina
Laundry, Monasterio Santa Catalina
Main square, Monasterio Santa Catalina,
Main square, Monasterio Santa Catalina,