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Historic Centre of Arequipa

Address: Arequipa, Peru
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Ranked #6 of 40 Attractions in Arequipa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Victoria
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175 reviews 175 reviews
26 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 NEW

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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62 reviews 62 reviews
36 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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124 attraction reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
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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155 reviews 155 reviews
84 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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149 reviews 149 reviews
18 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
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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London
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76 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
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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Bayamon, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

The historic centre has a lot of variety of things to do, stores, restaurants and it also has a small town/safe feeling to it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Beautiful area! Lots of shopping, attractions and entertainment around. Great place to ditch your car and take to the streets on foot. Be sure to have your camera ready for the historical landmarks and your appetite ready for the fantastic cuisine!

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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Arequipa is very compact in the center city and easy and pleasant to walk in with a number of attractions and good restaurants close by. One day is probably enough, but it is definitely worth adding to your itinerary, especially if you are visiting the Colca Canyon. Visit a "picanteria" for some local color.

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Magog, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Arequipa is quite different from the other places that we visited in Peru. It is not a small town. The historic center itself is fairly large, has beautiful buildings and a strong energy. While it is beautiful walk, it is a risqué one for pedestrians sometimes as drivers do not really care for the stop signs. Quite a number of... More 

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