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Historic Centre of Arequipa, Arequipa

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Travel back through history with a walk through the streets of Historic Centre of Arequipa, elevated to the status of a World Heritage Site in 2000. The neighborhood stands out with its distinctive blend of native and colonial architecture, encapsulating the complex history of Arequipa. Marvel at the dazzling white masonry, which typifies the old neighborhood's style, as you meander through the well-organized grid of streets. Visit the area's numerous churches to get a sense of how religion and tradition helped shape Arequipa, then retire to a cafe or bar to celebrate the city's contemporary culture. Plan your visit to Historic Centre of Arequipa and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Arequipa trip builder.
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  • There is plenty to see. Walking around and you come from all at. View in advance a few places where you want to go and you will encounter enough against. In an afternoon you can see enough already, but do you want to see more then you have to be at least a day.
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  • All of the historic centre of Arequipa is very beautiful, the buildings are very well maintained, clean, is safe for walking
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  • well structured and all located around the majestic Plaza de armas. Despite the earthquakes we have led to only build low houses still remain many magnificent examples of colonial architecture and monuments. I would recommend staying here at least two days because the city has a lot to see and a lively nightlife in complete safety. Beautiful even fully pedestrianized shopping street.
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Where to stay in Arequipa

Most accommodations in Arequipa cluster on the east side of the Chili River. The historical center offers the best selection of options, with plenty of budget hostels and mid-range hotels scattered throughout its streets. For something quieter, look north to the neighborhoods of Zemanat and San Jacinto. If you're looking for a suburban experience, stay in the western neighborhood of Yanahuara.
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