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Historic Centre of Arequipa

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Address: Arequipa, Peru
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Arequipa City Tour Including St Catherine Monastery
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Private Tour: Colonial Arequipa Including Recoleta Convent and Casa del Moral

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Absolutely Stunning 'White' City

Arequipa is just stunning with its white Colonial buildings, leafy plazas and the volcanic peaks looming above it. We were captivated by the place, sipping a beer in the Plaza de... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Arequipa is just stunning with its white Colonial buildings, leafy plazas and the volcanic peaks looming above it. We were captivated by the place, sipping a beer in the Plaza de Armas as the sun goes down us just about as good as it gets. Lots of lovely churches, quiet little back alleys, cobbled streets and bustling markets...we cannot recommend... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I mean, what is there to say? If you're visiting the area you can't really escape walking around the centre, and it is a lovely area to walk around. Make sure to head off the main streets a little bit and find some small narrow alleyways, and stop in various places to eat/grab a coffee. The central highlight is the... More 

Thank DavidSaulFineberg
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

It looka very pretty with lots of beautiful architecture, museums, restaurants and stuff. Definitely a must do when you're in Arequipa!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

Very peaceful and quaint, it's lovely walking around the quarter, lots of little shops and cafés to enjoy. Didn't feel too touristy which is nice!

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Newton, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017

A nice way to spend a few hours strolling through the city. Lots of stores of all qualities and types

Thank Elliot S
Athens, Greece
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Reviewed 19 January 2017

We loved our stay in Arequipa and what kept us there for 3 days was its charming historical center! Built in white volcanic rock, from colonial style to Baroque the edifices are a great environment to relax and explore!

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 9 January 2017

My husband and I really enjoyed our (short) time in Arequipa. What a charming little town of stone buildings...reminiscent of southern Italy (Puglia and a bit of Palermo). And the streets are very clean compared to the other places we visited. Would highly recommend it. Also worth a visit - Monesterio de Santa Catalina (wow!!!) and the Cathedral (Basilica) is... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

So much to see and do inside and outside of this lovely place. There are tourist police and regular police all around and walking streets, open squares, shops, markets and restaurants, both local and foreign. It seems whatever your budget, you can be accommodated. Yet, the architecture drives the awe. The intricate ironwork seen on almost every building and the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 December 2016

This area is busy with both locals and tourists, it's noisy, the streets can get narrow and there are a lot of vehicles but there are pedestrianised sections. It's definitely bustling and if you want a quiet, relaxing time you won't find it here. But the streets are great to wander around. It's clean and well-maintained. We stayed further out... More 

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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 23 December 2016

Having traveled over Peru for the last couple months, I have seen most of the major cities and their associated historical areas. Arequipa is a great city to walk around in, the architecture is beautiful and the Plaza de Armas is as nice as any I have seen. The Plaza is heavily treed, with a beautiful fountain. The church on... More 

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