Anyone who has ever been to Peru will tell you they fell hopelessly in love.
This is the South America of legend. Women in classic hats and babies in back satchels. Plazas that echo a colonial past...with an indigenous fervor. Shy, smiling, curious faces. A relaxed pace of life.
Holding its own to the lights and sexuality of Lima, and the epic beauty of Cusco and her Sacred Valley, Arequipa is an authentic Peruvian city-town in the south, and she will charm you with her wiles ... beautiful, outdoorsy, sensual, sociable.
You'll enjoy the ride.
I arrived in sunny Arequipa from Chile. After libatious Santiago and bohemian Valparaiso, Arequipa was a reconnection to América del Sur auténtica.
The first look at the central Plaza de Armas, and one is reminded somewhat of Cusco... albeit with a slight swagger. The women are fashionably sexy to Cusco's conservatism, the men a bit more Don Juanish, the weather a perennial spring to Cusco's mountainous cool.
Plaza de Armas
The name Arequipa may have come from the Aymara people, where "ari" meant 'summit' and "quipa" was "laying behind". Famous volcanoes like El Misti are visible behind the cathedral right from Palza de Armas.
Arequipanos simply relax in the Plaza, watching their kids play, and observing foreigners curiously.
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