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Historic Centre of Arequipa

Arequipa, Peru
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Ranked #6 of 35 attractions in Arequipa
Type: Historic Sites
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Hendy, UK
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103 reviews 103 reviews
54 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

There's plenty to see as you walk around the histoic centre with it's buildings of white volcanic silar. The buildings themselves are interesting, and there are plenty of little shops and cafes to pass the time in.

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Byron Bay
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446 reviews 446 reviews
238 attraction reviews
313 helpful votes 313 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

There are some interesting buildings, but unfortunately the city has lost much of its historical integrity with the modern buildings scattered among the older historical ones (see my photos), and the multi coloured signage that is everywhere. We arrived on a Sunday and the whole town was shuttered with hardly a soul to be seen. Come Monday morning and it... More

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

There are offers of free tours of the city. Our guide was Dafne, and she was super - very Knowing and engaged in her own culture and history, ancient as well as recent. Highly recommended!

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Moorea, French Polynesia
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108 reviews 108 reviews
63 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

By the tourist office you can sign up for a free guided walking tour; the guide works only on tips and commissions. You will learn about history, visit some place you wouldn't see on your own, maybe hear a legend and taste some of the local specialties. I enjoyed the walking tour much for than the tour on a panoramic... More

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Geneva, Switzerland
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147 reviews 147 reviews
72 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

We had a very good guide who took us around the Historical centre of Arequipa. the churches are just magic, and the place itself has this feeling of contentment and peace.

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Lima, Peru
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

Beautiful and clean, with these beautiful old houses made of sillar, but the Municipality should ban all those colorfull shop banners....to preserve the beauty of their city, they should just allow them to put black, small iron letters attached to their facades, they ruin those beautiful facades with big banners, which look very kitsch.

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Santiago, Chile
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

I really enjoyed this city. The food is incredible. Lots of restaurants, lounges and museums. At night all the historical buildings are lit up. Perfect place for a weekend trip.

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Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

Found Arequipa to be much more beautiful scenically than Cusco, surrounded by some huge mountains and volcanos that loom over the city in the back drop casting shadows over the city. Buildings and structures are impressive built from White Sillar stones from the surrounding volcanos. Lots to see and do. Add this destination to youre trip to Peru. A great... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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48 reviews 48 reviews
25 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

The white stone made Arequipa different, but the main plaza was typical of South America/Peru. It was easy to wander the plaza and the streets though the traffic was a bit manic and the hawkers were very annoying.

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edmonton
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58 reviews 58 reviews
14 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

Great way to spend a day meandering through narrow cobbled streets with tons of little shops ( kinda touristy ) but neat too. The plaza is bustling with color and energy while families visit through to the evening. I stayed close to the plaza and felt very safe wandering around.

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