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