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 itinerary maker .
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  • October 7, 2017
    The center of the city is beautiful! I stood there for hours and hours getting lost by the local streets. Worth knowing!
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  • October 3, 2017
    The most beautiful town square in Peru. Had the most enjoyable lunch here just taking in the amazing scenes and soaking up the sunshine.  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    An interesting city with a great gastronomic scene. Although almost the whole city was rebuilt after the earthquake of 1868, transports you in history to the time of the colony. Majestic volcanoes that surround it
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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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