Arequipa: coolest city worldwide

Wednesday March 14, 2018
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Arequipa: coolest city worldwide

According to the American magazine Forbes the Peruvian city of Arequipa – a 10-hour bus drive from Cusco - is on the "10 coolest cities around the world to visit in 2018". Arequipa shares the list with other cities like Nagasaki in Japan, Puebla in Mexico, Cairo in Egypt, and six other interesting cities.

Forbes wanted to know which cities the coolest cities around the world were. Therefore the magazine questioned experts at high-end travel agencies. And the white city of Peru, Arequipa, made it on the list.

No wonder why, Arequipa contains a beautiful balance between Andean and Colonial culture and is one of the most important places in Peru. It has played a fundamental role in Peru's gastronomical renaissance. Therefore, you can find classic spicy dishes as “rocoto relleno” (stuffed spicy red peppers), “chupe de Camarones” (prawn chowder) and “ocopa” (boiled potato in a creamy, spicy sauce). There are many typical restaurants all over the city of Arequipa

Arequipa is not a gigantic city like lima which makes it navigable but still offers sights like the enormous cathedral, and not to forget the beautiful El Misti volcano.

El Misti offers great one day trips, and not to forget amazing pictures! With the Arequipa City Tour, you visit the highlights of the city in a couple of hours.

Other things that can't be missed are the world oldest mummy, the Santa Catalina Monastery, the main square or Plaza de Armas, and of course the Colca Canyon which is considered the deepest canyon in the world, and also a big attraction. Cusco, the gateway to the Machu Picchu is only a few hours away.

You can reach Arequipa by bus from Cusco, about which would take 10 hours, or by plane (35 minutes). The night buses are safe and pretty comfortable. The second option is to take the airplane from Cuso, for a 40-minute flight.

Arequipa is a very lively, a must-see when in Peru or Cusco.

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