Photos of the Plaza de Armas of Arequipa, Peru

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Arequipa's Plaza de Armas is one of the most pleasant I've encountered in South America. It's a very nice place to sit, relax, and take a little sun. It is a popular place for Arequipenan mothers, fathers, or mothers and fathers to bring their children and have their photos taken next to the fountain. As these photos of Arequipa, Peru will show, the entire length of one side of their Plaza de Armas consists of a large Cathedral. The other three sides of the plaza is lined with beautiful Spanish colonial architecture, two sides of which have second-story balcony restaurants where one can sit and dine or have a beer and enjoy Arequipa's beautiful climate and scenery. Arequipa is a modern city with a large, thriving middle-class population. At 2300 meters elevation in the high-desert region of Peru, the climate is marvelous, with approximately 300 days of sunshine per year with daytime temperatures that do not vary much from the mid-60s to mid-70s degrees Fahrenheit.

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green space in the Plaza de Armas of Arequipa, Peru
Plaza de Armas #0083
This is the Plaza de Armas in Arequipa, Peru

the cathedral facing the Plaza de Armas in Arequipa, Peru.
Plaza de Armas #0089
The Cathedral facing the Plaza de Armas stretches the whole length of one side of the plaza.

balcony view of the Plaza de Armas in Arequipa, Peru
Plaza de Armas #0093
This Cathedral was originally built in the 1600's but has been rebuilt several times following fires and earthquakes.

photo of street vendors in Arequipa, Peru
Plaza de Armas #0119
There are many beautiful courtyards in Arequipa, Peru. See more courtyard photos at Arequipa Courtyards.

photo of the fountain in the Plaza de Armas in Arequipa, Peru.
Plaza de Armas #0878
The cener of the Plaza has a large fountain - very popular with the children and pigeons, both of which flock to the Plaza.

Photo of the Plaza de Armas in Arequipa, Peru./>
Plaza de Armas #1051
The three sides of the Plaza not occupied by the Cathedral are lined by balconied buildings with many, many restaurants, an artisan's gallery, and superb views of both the Plaza and Cathedral.

the plaza de armas is THE place to meet in Arequipa, Peru.
Plaza de Armas #0088
The Plaza de Armas in Arequipa is a great place to sit and relax and perhaps, people watch.

the row of restaurants on one of the balconies overlooking the Plaza

de Armas in Arequipa.
Balcony #0094
One recommended dining spot is La Boveda, with covered, outdoor seating on the balcony or inside.

the Plaza de Armas in Arequipa, Peru
Plaza de Armas #0090
The Plaza is THE meeting place for locals and tourists alike. It's extremely popular and always filled with people.

another view of the Plaza de Armas in Arequipa, Peru
Plaza de Armas #0115
Hawkers sell any number of goods here, but without the pressure once typical of Cusco and other popular tourist destinataions. Examples of a typical day's sampling of things being sold: photos, phone calls on cellulars, cups of jello, ice cream, grain to feed the pigeons, snacks, shoeshines, and bubble blowing kits for kids.

photo of a street artist in the plaza de armas of Arequipa.
Street Artist #0465
This friendly, jovial fellow is the Plaza's street artist, specialiing in pencil sketches of the cute little kids. You can have your sketch done for 8 soles.

arequipa, peru, known as the White City, might also be known 

as the city of arches
Balcony #0133
This is the view of one of the
balconied buildings where a number
of restaurants serve meals with a view.

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