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Historic Centre of Arequipa

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Address: Arequipa, Peru
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Arequipa will pleasantly surprise you

The centre of Arequipa is a beautiful old Spanish colonial city. It has a lovely colonnaded main square dominated by a huge cathedral that takes up one whole side of the square... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

The centre of Arequipa is a beautiful old Spanish colonial city. It has a lovely colonnaded main square dominated by a huge cathedral that takes up one whole side of the square. Lots of old buildings and try to get to the old cloisters of the St. John the Baptist church.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The centre of this beautiful city, Peru's second city, has been carefully conserved to great effect. Much of the centre is pedestrianised but you still need to dodge frantic drivers as you cross some busy streets, the whole centre is clean and well kept. The buildings surrounding the Plaza de Arnas are gleaming white and the view of the snow... More 

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Burry Port, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Arequipa is quite a large city and not always brilliantly planned, but the historic centre is quite unspoilt. The cathedral is impressive from the outside - but it was closed whilst I was there. The plaza mayor is impressively colonaded and the surrounding streets contain many old colonial mansions and churches. Worth a visit.

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Wrea Green, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

When any place trying to increase tourist visitors their is a danger some of the soul of place gets lost. Its a major city but I still felt it had its Peruvian heart with real people .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

What a surprise the "courtyard" cultural centre of Arequipa was. As with most Peruvian towns it is a beautiful square surrounded by ancient buildings, hotels, museum and of course the Cathedral. But it is the playground of the towns folk. Sit for a while and watch life go by. We saw 3 different parades! A street parade with magical costumes... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We walked round the centre of the city with a guide and felt we saw the good parts. We saw the old monastery with some of the buildings now converted to shops - but selling local goods, e.g. alpaca garments. The afternoon we arrived, there was a parade taking place to pay tribute to family life - nice of them... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

The center of the city with its cathedral and government buildings is a quick trip... watch the opening hours of the cathedral however. There are many families gathered on the plaza, several fountains, kids chasing pigeons as anywhere else in the world. An easy walk from the plaza to many excellent restaurants and museums. There is a pedestrian street just... More 

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Bogota, Colombia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

I think Arequipa is a bit oversale, nice old town and Plaza de Armas, but I would not take a very long flight to see it !!!. It must be combined with Colca Canyon otherwise hummmmmm..... The city on its own, no nop.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

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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