"Creating a monster in Arequipa" Top 5 Page for this destination Arequipa by richiecdisc

Arequipa Travel Guide: 316 reviews and 746 photos

Dubbed “the white city” due to the preponderance of buildings made of a lightly colored volcanic rock named sillar, Arequipa not only glistens in its sunny arid climate but also sit majestically amongst the spectacular volcanoes that act as its backdrop. With an array of stunning colonial buildings, a charming tropical main square, and great local food specialties, even the most casual visitor can keep busy for a few days. Add to this, a sprawling colorful convent complex, the archaeological wonder of Juanita, and a bustling local produce market and it is one of Peru’s most unforgettable cities. Finally, with its close proximity to natural wonders like the Colca Canyon and the Valley of Volcanoes, it quickly enters the realm of can’t miss cities in all of South America

  • Last visit to Arequipa: Nov 2002
  • Intro Written Mar 5, 2003
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  • Jul 25, 2006 at 6:36 PM

    This restaurant has a nice typical atmosphere and delicious food you must visit this place it's incredible

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    Sep 18, 2005 at 5:22 AM

    Great page - and now I have learned where the city got it's name from :-) Never was aware of this light volcanic rock. And queso helado sounds perfect - need to try it one day :-)

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    Apr 5, 2005 at 10:57 AM

    Brilliant page, I also loved the colourfull Convento de Santa Catalina.

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    Mar 31, 2004 at 9:47 PM

    Yes, Sir!!!! Or is it professor? ;-)

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    Oct 24, 2003 at 3:23 PM

    Fantastic! Seems that nothing changed there in the last years! But I missed the queso helado!

  • Mar 25, 2003 at 11:11 PM

    ...and this ...

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    Mar 17, 2003 at 5:28 AM

    Fantastic work! Great photos and a lot of important tips and good descriptions!

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    Mar 8, 2003 at 4:05 PM

    Queso helado addict! Sounds like one of the best places you went on this trip.

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    Mar 7, 2003 at 5:52 PM

    Any page that has food as its main topic becomes a favorite of mine and these are wonderful! Lechon??? They have lechon, too? Sounds like heaven, Richie! Thanks for taking us there :-)


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