AREQUIPA IS TRULY BONITO (BEAUTIFUL)! Snow capped mountains surround the city and serves as a majestic backdrop everywhere you go. There are several good viewpoints around the city. One famous one is the Sachaca mirador. With only 6 soles, you can climb up a small hill and experience a 360 degree view of the city and its suburbs.

With nothing to do, I spent the whole day walking around the city. The Chaqchao chocolate store serves really good hot chocolate, especially yummy during a rainy afternoon. Most of the cathedrals are worth visiting, some of them have decent guides. The food is amazing here and has been so throughout the trip. I am also amazed by the variety of vegetarian restaurants.

Today is my ‘free’ day. My day to explore and experience the beauty of Arequipa.

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A beautiful view of the plaza and the cathedral.

The mountains serve as a background of the city.

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Green crosses are quite common here.

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Trains and cars share the same road in some places.

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Many taxis in the city area!

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Wide angle view from the Sachaca mirador.

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