This beautiful city is practically completely built out of sillar, a type of white volcanic stone. This is why Arequipa is called the White City. It is a magnificent example of colonial architecture which makes it unique whithin the country. Located at 2,335 metres above sea level in the shadows of the stunning ice capped Misti Volcano (5,822 metres), is the perfect place for acclimatize to altitude for Expeditions of the Colca Valley and Machu Picchu further down the line. It straddles the line between Cusco’s rich history and the modernity of urban Lima, giving you the best of both worlds in one place.