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Historic Centre of Arequipa

Arequipa, Peru
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Ranked #7 of 36 attractions in Arequipa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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Mexico City
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132 reviews 132 reviews
42 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The whole historic centre of Arequipa is very interesting. Lots of colonial buildings and very good shops. The main visit is the Santa Catalina Monastery, but there aremany other places like the Casa del Moral, Templo de la Compania, Museos Andinos, etc. Some of the best restaurants of Peru too.

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Lima, Peru
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119 reviews 119 reviews
36 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We were unable to do it justice but the centre is well preserved and a good example of colonial architecture (simpler regional rather than exuberant). Plenty of churches but most are only open until 10 am and then again at 5pm. Cathedral is not worth it and I suspect that some of the others maybe a bit bare but if... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Except the spanish architecture, this town is horrible and polluted at a huge level you can not imagine. People here doesn't smile, doesn't say hello, they just ask for "money". I am used to travel a lot and to be open minded but this was too much. If you can avoid passing in Arequipa, escape. Pollution is so high that... More

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Lima, Peru
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

It was a wonderful place to visit you can walk around and see all the archs around the plaza, people are not so friendly but they say people from Arequipa are like that. Beautiful city

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Macaé, RJ
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This is a old place, but very interesting. I liked to know there. As the city is small, is possible know many tourisc points in a week.

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Royal Palm Beach, Florida
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

After you eat you will enjoy walking in the square. There are lots of shops and sites to see. Many opportunities to find treasures to bring home.

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Darwin, Australia
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104 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The architecture, open space, atmosphere and beauty of this area is fantastic both day and night. The area is always bustling with people and is very safe and secure. There's good cafés, restaurants and food stalls everywhere. The markets are worth a look as are all the churches in the area.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We stayed in the Centre of Arequipa at the hotel Sonesta. I can't tell you how wonderful it was having breakfast on the terrace overlooking the Plaza de Armas and the Basilica Cathedral. The weather always seemed perfect and there was always some kind of activity. We stayed here for 3 months. It was only a short walk to many... More

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Quezon City, Philippines
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40 reviews 40 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

The place was alive with people of all ages even late in the evening, giving one a feeling of safety and belonging.

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Buffalo, New York
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105 reviews 105 reviews
41 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

It's a beautiful city, but because of an error by our tour company, we weren't able to see as much of the city as we would have liked. Architecture is beautiful and the history is interesting.

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