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Historic Centre of Arequipa

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Address: Arequipa, Peru
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Almost back to Spain but with Peruvian flavor

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
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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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Arequipa Region, Peru
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

If you love history and great architecture then you'll appreciate this place, if you want something colorful then Arequipa is not for you!

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Cheshunt, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

A lovely safe city to walk around. Plenty of places to eat, and the ones with seats overlooking the Plaza are good and not over priced. Plenty of places to visit and the square is beautiful

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Arequipa is easy to walk around, partculary the historic centre as it is set in a grid fashion. There are many beautiful buildings whose architecture is an attraction in itself. The square seems to have something going on every day, people watching is a free and fun activity. The surrounding and nearby churches all have something different to offer. Many... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Great walking city and some lovely buildings to see. Visit this place !!! There are some great d buildings with shady courtyards which are a blessing when the sun is beating down.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Arequipa has nearly as many historic sights as Cuzco. The Cathedral is magnificent, as is the smaller church of La Compania on the other side of the Plaza de Armas, while Santa Catalina demands at least half a day. The covered market of San Camilo should also be visited for a more contemporary view of Arequipena life.

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