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Historic Centre of Arequipa

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Address: Arequipa, Peru
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The centre of the city is well worth wearing out some leather on. The food and clothes markets, the basilica and the general atmosphere are great. Worth exploring the side... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

The centre of the city is well worth wearing out some leather on. The food and clothes markets, the basilica and the general atmosphere are great. Worth exploring the side alleys also, found some real bargains for souvenirs. Check out the Plazas on Sundays for activities. We had an evening with the Symphony orchestra. The Basilica is well worth visiting.

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Norfolk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Very friendly and safe to walk around at night time, and to browse In the shops. Lovely to see traditional costumes worn as a every day thing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

very unique especially with sunset. Under good weather, can see the historic center the Misti mountain in the background.

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Toronto
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Nice square, full of life, we set there with our bread and jam, and one lady tried to sell us something. We offer her our food and we had a snack together. Very nice lady. People are nice all over Peru, unless they sell trips with no equivalent for their words. As in all Peru, a lot of homeless dogs,... More 

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Bergen, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

I really liked the historic center of Arequipa. Used some days to just walk around, have a coffee and some food in one of the small cafes, visit museums or by gifts. One should check it out!

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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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