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Aside from Colca ... what to do?

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Aside from Colca ... what to do?

Hello, If we are not planning to visit the canyon, as we dont' feel we have enough time to spend here, is it worth it to visit Arequipa for 2 nites, or would that be better spent in the Cusco & SV area?

I read of course about Monasterio de Santa Catalina.

Thank you in advance.

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1. Re: Aside from Colca ... what to do?

If we had it to do over again i would still go to Arequipa even without going to the Colca ( we were lucky and had 4 days 3 nights in Colca and 2 days in Arequipa. Arequipa is worth a visit. While it is a large city we found it to not feel like a large city. We also felt it had one of the most beautiful Plaza des Armas that we encountered in our travels. Also a lively plaza with wedding photos, artists, magicians.. all sorts of evening activity. The setting, the buildings , the feel of the air are all very different from Cusco and the Sacred Valley.. assuming of course that you have about 3-4 days in SV and overnight in Aguas Calientes, 2 days in Cusco.. then you could you have the time to see another side of Peru. (Also the shopping in Arequipa was outstanding)

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2. Re: Aside from Colca ... what to do?

thank you traveller47, right now we are thinking ...

Arequipa - 2 nites

Puno - 3 nites

Cusco - 2 nites

MP trek - 3 nites

AC - 1 nite

SV & Cusco - 2 nites

depending on what we decide on Arequipa, we may spend those extra days in and around Cusco ..... so hard to decide :)

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3. Re: Aside from Colca ... what to do?

I agree with Traveller47 :-). Arequipa is a lovely city --- and the Museo de Andina where the frozen body of a little Incan girl from 500 years ago is 'displayed' :-( , is one of the most poignant exhibits I've seen. Really makes you think of her people and her and other children at that time in the history of the world, and their rites and way of life.The museum has its own guides and all are terrific .

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4. Re: Aside from Colca ... what to do?

We were in Arequipa in June and really enjoyed our visit. The town centre is beautiful with un-spoilt Spanish style buildings. Before we went there we imagined that it was just a small little town but to our surprise we were told it is the second largest city in Peru. The outskirts have their share of poverty and shanty towns but in the middle of the old part of town you are cocooned in a beautiful setting.

Arequipa has a great restaurant scene, do go to Zig Zag and see if you can sit in the window seat on the first floor where you can observe life passing below. The streets seem to be one continuous stream of small yellow taxis, never ending. They must have cornered the market in yellow cars in the world.

I would certainly miss Colca Canyon to visit Arequipa it is worth 2 nights just to try two restaurants.

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5. Re: Aside from Colca ... what to do?

Arequipa is the second most important city in Peru.

You should not miss it, it has excellent food. Do not miss the camarones, river shrimp.

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