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Arequipa

Pierre and Barbara
December 29th, 2019 · 1 min read
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Tips 👏

  • Second biggest city of Peru, very pretty and similar to Sucre.
  • Still high with 2300m, but way lower than Puno.

🏠 Accommodation

We stayed at Hoteles Gutiérrez Mansión. Pretty ok with big room, but on-going building work so very dusty and noisy all day.

🚲 Getting there

We arrived by the tour from Colca Canyon.

⏱ Duration

We stayed two nights and felt that was enough.

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A walk in the city 🚶

We started our day with calm by walking to the Plaza de Armas. Most probably the highlight of the city, where we saw a beautiful square and the city cathedral.

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After lunch, we went to visit the Museo Santuario Andino, where we saw the mummy of Juanita, a girl which was conserved in the ice for around 500 years. From the museum, we’ve headed to the San Camillo Market before grabbing a cab to the Mirador de Yanahuara to watch the wonderful view of the city with El Misti, a volcano of more than 5000 meters.

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Seeing the sunset getting closer, we went back to the Plaza de Armas, and went to Waya Rooftop Bar to admire the evening view. A bit tipsy after few cocktails, we went to score good pizza at Las Gringas before getting some rest!

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The following day, we woke up with calm, and headed to the Santa Catalina Monastery. The entrance is quite expensive, 40S/persons, but worth it 100%. It’s huge, and all the rooms are painted with vivid colours, most often blue or red. Peaceful and cute, we spent around 2 hours to walk around the many corridors and alleys of the site. We then got some pastas and crepes, and headed to the airport waiting for our flight to Cusco.

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Restaurants 🍲

There’s plenty of good restaurant everywhere in the centre. Here’s the one we liked:

  • Da Giancarlo: Good pizza for fixed price of 25S with Italian owner.
  • Las Chicas: Decent prices and very good pizza and lasagnas.
  • Prana: Cheap vegetarian restaurant with fresh ingredients.
  • Pasta Canteen: Little lovely pasta place with a small tasty pasta dish for 25S.
  • La petite francaise: Very good crepes for 8S.

Our 2 days stay in Macchu Pichu and Sacred Valley, check again Colca Canyon, or go back to the main Peru post.

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