Photographer's Note

This is my first panoramic view. Sorry if it isn't perfect. I did it with photostitch (thanks Fred aka Dolin pour le conseil).

Arequipa is Peru's second largest city with over 1 million people in its metropolitan area. It is located at 2300 meters over sea level in the foot of three volcanos: Misti (5800 meters) Chachani (6000 meters), and Pichu Pichu (5300 meters)

In the picture you can see the almost perfect cone of the Misti volcano, the symbol of Arequipa which shows up in their passports. Yes, in their passports: Arequipenos are a very independent lot, they are proud of the heritage, wealth and development of their city, and they like to joke that they are a different country. That is why many of them carry a symbolic, joke Arequipa passport.

Arequipa is called the white city because its houses were built with white volcanic rock called "Sillar". Its downtown area has been decalered Unesco World Heritage Site. It is Peru's most european city, and my friend told me that is the place in Peru where he would feel most at ease to live in.

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Additional Photos by daniel barreto (rbcy1974) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2354 W: 147 N: 3406] (20758)
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