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Plaza de Armas, Arequipa
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The hub of urban life, Plaza de Armas charms visitors with its colonial architecture, welcoming bars, palm trees, and sprinkling fountains. Many restaurants occupy the higher floors of buildings surrounding the square, giving you the perfect perch for a view overlooking this central part of town. The square doesn't offer any kind of bench seating and security guards prevent visitors from sitting on the grass, so make your way to one of the eateries to soak up some local culture and try a few hearty specialties. Using our online itinerary creator, Arequipa attractions like Plaza de Armas can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Why judge a square? It is attractive, pressure and you will not be bothered. But if you're in Arequipa are you come here without saying
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  • This plaza is beautifully laid out and the surrounding buildings add to its overall elegant and inviting feel. There is a lovely fountain in the middle and plenty of greenery too. 
  • The white Cathedral with the volcanoes in the background is a beautiful sight. The place is very busy. Many tourists and locals alike cavort on the square. I'm gone through but always very quickly because it smelled me too much like pigeon droppings and urine.
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  • Nice main square in Arequipa. One of the side streets is the main shopping street, although not great shopping... Around the square there are several restaurants that look out over the square, which is nice for a coffee or a bite. Just be ready for tourist prices...
  • Beautiful square surrounded by well maintained colonial buildings including Cathedral od Arequipa. Square is a popular hangout place for both locals and tourists. Santa Catalina and San Francisco street are popular for shopping and dining.
  • The buildings surrounding the Plaza are incredible, there is everything you need all around, it is full of life: in my opinion, Arequipa is one of the most beautiful city of Peru.
  • Beautiful colonial building, the "sillar" looks fantastic and majestic in a such a wonderful city.
  • Beautiful main square. Catedral of Arequipa is amazing. Arequipa ciudad blanca.