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The Chachani is one of the three volcanos guarding the city of Arequipa. Its figure may appear less perfect that its neighboor the Misti, but stays tremendous and powerful, with its 6.057m height. It belongs to thie wonderful volcanic belt that follows the Andean cordillera, between ocean and high plateaux.
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The Misti, meaning "Lord" in quechua, is one of the most famous summits in Peru and for sure one of the most impressive, due to its perfect form in cone. Down from its 5.820m, it dominates the white city of Arequipa that is spread among an ancient desert plain that remained nevertheless fertile due to former eruptions. It is still active nowadays, and sometimes its smoke reminds the inhabitants its majestic and threatening presence.
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Arequipa is visited mostly for its colonial center: mainsquare, cathedral, churches and monasteries, especially the monastery of Santa Catalina, a real city within the city, with its colourful houses boarding its alleys. The historical centre of Arequipa, built in volcanic sillar rock, represents an integration of European and native building techniques and characteristics, expressed in the admirable work of colonial masters and Criollo and Indian masons. This combination of influences is illustrated by the city's robust walls, archways and vaults, courtyards and open spaces, and the intricate Baroque decoration of its facades.
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