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Historic Centre of Arequipa

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Address: Arequipa, Peru
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beautiful portales, nice plaza de armas. The problem is you can't walk without being asked even chased to enter a restaurant and second the street noise is incredible due to an... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 14, 2015
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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

beautiful portales, nice plaza de armas. The problem is you can't walk without being asked even chased to enter a restaurant and second the street noise is incredible due to an enormous amounts of taxis. otherwise seems you can walk safely.

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Cesena, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

colonial, interesting and stunning for your camera! the historical centre of arequipa must be lived with calm and appreciate not with the rush of the tourist. enjoy it

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Newcastle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

The second biggest town in Peru and again surrounded by desert but at a higher altitude than Paracas or Lima (about 7,000 feet above sea level) and with cooler temperatures. It is much more of a tourist type town with cafes, restaurants and numerous tourist bus trips. The traffic isn’t heavy in the middle of town and it is a... More 

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Orange Park, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

The Historic area is very walkable and easy to access. Most of the churches have free admission and will let you take photos. We took a 3 hour walking tour of the downtown, which was really worth it because the tour helped orient us and showed us areas that we would not have thought to visit. I really liked the... More 

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Lima, Peru
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

The Cathedral and Main Square look lovely. There are lots of shops selling typical peruvianclothing at great prices.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This is one of the most similar cities to say Salamanca in Spain with its own southern Peru flavor, the old homes are built with sellar , a whitish stone that takes on colors as the sun takes different positions during the day. Styles are different such as neoclassic, barroque, etc built at the end Of the 19 century by... More 

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Sussex
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The centre of Arequipa has character, is sun-baked, with volcanoes as the backdrop to colonial architecture made of the white volcanic stone 'sillar'. The best way to explore the city is to take one of the free walking tours run by staff and students from the Universities, which start from under the arcades in the Plaza de Armas. There are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Arequipa is a nice city, well preserved and with plenty to see. The old town center is a must with many old buildings. The food is overpriced though but that is expected in a touristy place.

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Lima, Peru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Beautiful place. It kept reminding me of Europe despite the fact that I am in Peru. Colonial style mixed with modernity, just beautiful.

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Victoria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The old city centre (cercado in peru) of Arequipa is fascinating, with lots of historic buildings, hidden tranquil courtyards (try behind the Jesuit church) and colourful shopping streets. The commercial grid is allocated like the old times by trade, so you have suit streets, wedding streets, electronic streets, etc. The main city market (mercado san camilo), open 7 days a... More 

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