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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  • August 15, 2017
    The square is the central point and looks cozy. Your eye is immediately on the Basilica cathedral of Arequipa. Come back at night, then it's pretty obligatory. Arequipa is the ideal image to lovely to walk around and enjoy all the beautiful buildings.
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  • August 14, 2017
    It is a wonderful site. Full of charm and history. The Grand and magnificent cathedral. Do not miss it
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  • August 14, 2017
    My hotel was just in front of the plaza, so it had a consistent view from the terrace of the hotel. It is a very cozy place and very well maintained, the mornings there are many people drawing and afternoons always there is some kind of show. It is a mandatory step since it is the heart of the Centre of Arequipa and who always go to the Center will pass through here.
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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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