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Historic Centre of Arequipa

Arequipa, Peru
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Ranked #6 of 37 Attractions in Arequipa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

After several days in dank, dark, dirty, noisy Lima, I had become to think this trip to Peru had been a mistake. Arequipa changed my mind in minutes. The skies were bright, the air was clean and warm (except maybe forth main square and it's way too many pigeons) and the colonial architecture was great. Loved walking around it. Great... More

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Colville, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

The city reminded me of the older cities in Europe. It has stone buildings, great cathedrals, winding narrow streets, small restaurants and shops. I enjoyed walking around, eating some ice cream, which is good but not as good as in Italy, and generally enjoying life.

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Hayle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

From the police women to the Plaza,friendly people to it's history this city was one of the high points of our stay in Peru. Wander around at night without any fears,sit in the Plaza or go eat in one of the many food out lets you can spend little and enjoy a quality rare today.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

I went on the free walking tour that started at San Francisco Square at 10.30. Our guide Carlos was very nice, spoke good English and obviously loves his city very much. Unfortunately I think the tour is let down somewhat by the choice of highlights. It doesn't even include the Plaza de Amas which I was astounded by. It included... More

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Southampton
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Although this is supposed to be the 2nd city after Lima, and it had a typical square where the locals sat around in the evenings, but it gave the impression of not being as big as it is portrayed. worth a visit just to walk around

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Newport Beach, California, Usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

This is a great couple of hours which highlights the historic, current residential, and food of the downtown area. These tours are conducted in several languages and the English is perfect.

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Mexico City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

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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36 attraction reviews
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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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