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"Plaza de Armas" Arequipa Things to Do Tip by kiwigal_1

Arequipa Things to Do: 121 reviews and 261 photos

  Rhianon in Arequipa's Plaza de Armas
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  • Rhianon in Arequipa's Plaza de Armas - Arequipa
      Rhianon in Arequipa's Plaza de Armas
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  • Ubiquitous yellow taxis in Arequipa - Arequipa
      Ubiquitous yellow taxis in Arequipa
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  • Arequipa Plaza de Armas - Arequipa
      Arequipa Plaza de Armas
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  • Arequipa Cathedral - Arequipa
      Arequipa Cathedral
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  • Arequipa Cathdral by night - Arequipa
      Arequipa Cathdral by night
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Any walk around Arequipa will take you eventually to the Plaza de Armas, or main plaza. It is a very attractive plaza with the main cathedral on it and bordered on the other sides by arched walkways. The shops around the plaza are quite touristy with almost every shop being either a tour company, airline office, restaurant or souvenir shop. The restaurants on the plaza annoyingly (in my opinion) hire people to shove menus in your face as you walk past in the hope that you will go up to the terrace and eat. Consequently I boycotted these restaurants...

The plaza has palm trees and pigeons too. Watch out as you cross the street and try to dodge the hundreds on little Daewoo yellow taxis that are ubiquitous in Arequipa. The steps of the cathedral is a popular place for young people to meet up and hang out. Near the plaza there are endless "telephone stalls" or people with cell phones attached on chains on the street selling phone calls both domestically and internationally.

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  • Updated Mar 17, 2009
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