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Arequipa

S 16°23.935', W 71°32.222'
2015-05-04
Our rating: 6.60
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Arequipa is the second largest city in Peru and the third most popular tourist destination after Cusco and Lima. It is located at an altitude of 2300 meters. The historical center is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The central square Plaza de Armas is one of the best in the country. On the sides stand houses built from volcanic stone. In the morning the area is deserted.

Arequipa
Arequipa ©Yuriy Buriak


Arequipa
Arequipa ©Yuriy Buriak


Arequipa
Arequipa ©Yuriy Buriak

During the day square is occupied by the pigeons, tourists and locals.

Arequipa
Arequipa ©Yuriy Buriak


Arequipa
Arequipa ©Yuriy Buriak


Arequipa
Arequipa ©Yuriy Buriak

The main building of the square is the city's cathedral, founded by the Spaniards in 1540, along with the city. Because of the numerous earthquakes it was destroyed several times, the last time recently, but each time was restored.

Arequipa Cathedral, destroyed by an earthquake in 2001,
Arequipa Cathedral, destroyed by an earthquake in 2001, ©panoramio.com

We were looking for a hotel close to the central square and found a great Katari Hotel (booking.com). It is not the most expensive (75 euros), but still the best in Arequipa. The reason is simple - it's the only hotel on the main square with a patio on the roof. In the north-east side of the square there is also a restaurant on the roof, but the view from it does not go to any comparison. At that time when all the tourists were searching for the good photospots to make pictures of the volcanoes, we just went up to the roof. This is definetely one of TOP5 views from the hotel among all hotels that we visited.

Morning

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Arequipa ©Yuriy Buriak

Evening

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Arequipa ©Yuriy Buriak

Typical house in the historic center looks like this. Patio is usually visible from the street.

Arequipa
Arequipa ©Yuriy Buriak

Arequipa, by the way, is the best place in Peru to explore the patios. There are a lot of them here and most are accessible to the public. At the end of the article find few maps of Arequipa where you can see all the main Casas with patio.

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Arequipa ©Yuriy Buriak


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Arequipa ©Yuriy Buriak


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Arequipa ©Yuriy Buriak


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Arequipa ©Yuriy Buriak


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Arequipa ©Yuriy Buriak

Right near the central square is the Casa Iriberry, now University. Despite the large number of students, we walked freely on the territory.

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Arequipa ©Yuriy Buriak


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Arequipa ©Yuriy Buriak


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Arequipa ©Yuriy Buriak


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Arequipa ©Yuriy Buriak

For a small fee we visited Casa del Moral, a typical rich colonial house (1730), now  a museum.

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Arequipa ©Yuriy Buriak


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Arequipa ©Yuriy Buriak


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Arequipa ©Yuriy Buriak

The most interesting place in the city is the Monastery of Santa Catalina (http://www.santacatalina.org.pe). It was built in the XVI century on the site of the former nunnery of the Incas, which was destroyed by a volcanic eruption of Huaynaputina, the largest in the history of South America. Now most of the monastery is a museum and is open to public. Due to the bright colors, unusual items and interesting indoor lighting, photographers can hang here for the whole day.

 Monastery of Santa Catalina
Monastery of Santa Catalina ©Yuriy Buriak


 Monastery of Santa Catalina
Monastery of Santa Catalina ©Yuriy Buriak


 Monastery of Santa Catalina
Monastery of Santa Catalina ©Yuriy Buriak


 Monastery of Santa Catalina
Monastery of Santa Catalina ©Yuriy Buriak


 Monastery of Santa Catalina
Monastery of Santa Catalina ©Yuriy Buriak


 Monastery of Santa Catalina
Monastery of Santa Catalina ©Yuriy Buriak


 Monastery of Santa Catalina
Monastery of Santa Catalina ©Yuriy Buriak


 Monastery of Santa Catalina
Monastery of Santa Catalina ©Yuriy Buriak


 Monastery of Santa Catalina
Monastery of Santa Catalina ©Yuriy Buriak


 Monastery of Santa Catalina
Monastery of Santa Catalina ©Yuriy Buriak


 Monastery of Santa Catalina
Monastery of Santa Catalina ©Yuriy Buriak


 Monastery of Santa Catalina
Monastery of Santa Catalina ©Yuriy Buriak

Unfortunately, Arequipa has one big disadvantage. The city center is not pedestrian and a huge number of taxis spoil impression.

Arequipa
Arequipa ©Yuriy Buriak

Nevertheless, the city is must see and highly recommended.

More photos Arequipa.

Arequipa has many beautiful balconies. We were in Malta month ago and pay special attention to balconies.

Arequipa
Arequipa ©Yuriy Buriak

A huge number of music stores

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Arequipa ©Yuriy Buriak

Cozy cafe

Arequipa
Arequipa ©Yuriy Buriak

Volcanoes can be seen from many places in the city

Arequipa
Arequipa ©Yuriy Buriak

There are many bridges across the river Rio Chili, some of them offer beautiful views of the volcanoes, especially at 4-5 p.m..

Arequipa
Arequipa ©Yuriy Buriak


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Arequipa ©Yuriy Buriak

One of the few pedestrian streets

Arequipa
Arequipa ©Yuriy Buriak

Maps of Arequipa

Map of Arequipa
Map of Arequipa ©@


Map of Arequipa
Map of Arequipa ©@

Getting to Arequipa: city has an airport, a taxi to the center costs about $9. From Lima you can also get by bus ($10-$45, 16-18 hours), use the bus companies Cruz del Sur, Oltursa or Excluciva. From Ica and Cuzco use Cruz del Sur (12 hours). Always try to choose Expresso service, these buses have less stops. Find here timetable of the buses to/from Nazca.
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