Surrounded by three mountains in the southern coastal region of Peru is Arequipa. The “Legal Capital” of the country to be visited on a Peru vacation. Arequipa is home to the Constitutional Court and is an important commercial centre trading with Chile, Bolivia and Brazil.
Originally named Villa Hermosa de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, the city was founded on 15 August 1540. Just over a year later, King Charles V ordered that the name be changed to the City of Arequipa. It became known for its faithfulness to the Spanish during colonial times and was an important economic centre. Later, during the republican history of Peru, Arequipa grew into a hub of political thought and was the site of popular rebellions. As a result, the city produced many prominent Peruvian thinkers and intellectuals.
Today, Arequipa is a very interesting destination on Pery vacation packages as it provides a unique mixture of both urban and outdoor life. The city is surrounded by wild terrain that offers trekking, hiking, mountain biking, rafting and more. Despite not housing the Inca artefacts that have made Peru famous, Arequipa is instead famous and celebrated for its Spanish culture and colonial architecture. Its historic centre was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000 because of the unique architectural blend of both European and native characteristics known as “Escuela arequipeña”. The second most populous city in Peru, Arequipa is equally popular with tourists, establishing itself as a unique destination for international visitors on Peru tours.
Peru Travel Information
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Learn about the history and culture of Peru, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Peru's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information, will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Peru for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Peru tours today!
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