Arequipa, Peru Will Knock You Off Your Feet with Its Striking Red Buildings

Arequipa, Peru. Photo by Jeremy Boley on Unsplash

The most popular place to visit in Peru is of course Lima, but this South American country has many more amazing cities in store. Arequipa is one of them and some of its top attractions happen to be striking red buildings – including these three.

Santa Catalina Monastery

Santa Catalina Monastery is one of Arequipa’s top attractions, and it’s been home to Dominican nuns since the 16th century. The monastery is open to the public and offers guided tours, but architecture lovers will be impressed by its colorful walls – most of which are painted in red.

Museo Santuarios Andinos

Arequipa is home to several amazing museums, and Museo Santuarios Andinos happens to be one of the very best. Its striking red exterior will draw you in right away, but the real magic starts when you step inside and discover its impressive archaeological collection.

La Mansión del Fundador

La Mansión del Fundador is 1500s colonial estate, which once served as a home of Arequipa’s founder, Garcí Manuel de Carbajal. He was its first tenant, but the mansion changed many hands over the years, and it now offers tours through its rooms to visitors, in addition to extensive walking grounds with a wide range of outdoor activities.