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Arequipa – Destinations of Peru

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Arequipa lies in the Andean mountains, at an altitude of 2,335 meters (7,661 ft) above sea level; the former still snow-capped volcano “El Misti” overlooks the city, it has many colonial-era Spanish buildings built of sillar, a pearly white volcanic rock, from which it gets the nickname La Ciudad Blanca (“The White City”). Reportedly, it first acquired this nickname in the colonial era, because most of its inhabitants were Creole of Iberian descent. The historic centre of Arequipa was named by UNESCO World’s Heritage Site in 2000, in recognition of its architecture and historic integrity.

Soon after its founding, the city became a major commercial place of southern Peru, accumulating commercial and administrative functions. In times of the Viceroyalty of Peru it was also an important economic hub in southern Peru. It played a significant role in the history of the Republic of Peru, declaring itself “Capital of the Republic” during the government of Montero. Arequipa has also been home of many of the outstanding intellectual and political figures, as well as religious icons in the country. In recent decades it has become an important industrial and commercial center in Peru, now being the second most industrialized city in the country.

It has several industrial parks, as the city has close trade ties with Chile, Bolivia and Brazil; it also has links with cities connected by the Southern Railway and with the  port.

**Information obtained from Wikipedia.


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General information:

Extension: 2900 km2

Capital: Arequipa

Population: 1,15 million in all the region

Altitude: 2335(7,661 feet) m.a.s.l.

Climate: Moderated and relatively dry; varies between 21 °C and 10 °C. From January to March it has moderate rains. The sun shines almost every day of the year.

Typical food: Chupe de camarones, Ocopa arequipeña, Rocoto relleno, Adobo de chancho, Soltero de queso, Pastel de papas, Costillar frito, Cuy chactado, Cauche de queso, Locro de pecho y el Chaqué to mention some. As a dessert it is recommended the Queso helado (ice cheese), los Buñuelos and to drink “Chicha de jora”, beer and “anís nájar”.