Arequipa is perhaps one of the most astounding cities Peru has to offer. Arequipa is a city build to take advantage of trade routes and to this day is rich in manufacturing, make it an ideal city to get some shopping done.
One of the numerous indoor markets of Arequipa. Often, the best place to buy snacks and souvenirs for cheap. Watch your bag however as places like this can be congested and pull of people.
With a population of over 860,000 Arequipa is the second largest city in Peru. It was founded in the early sixteenth century. Due to it’s proximity to the surrounding area Arequipa became the countries capital doing colonization, between 1835 to 1883. It quickly expanded to became home to several shops and would hold some breathtaking architecture
Up top they had a bunch of fabric stores. I picked up some authentic Peruvian textiles to make something.
Most famously, the Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa rest in the Plaza de Arms, towns main square. The church is the seat of the Archdioceseand home to one of Peru’s archbishops. The square is very active in the late evening and is a safe spot to walk around and explore the old carved style buildings. Like all the plazas in Peru Arequipa’s Plaza de Armas does offer free wifi, although I found it almost impossible to use.
The large industry of Arequipa is textile manufacture, primarily garments made form alpaca with stores like Sol Alpaca (a rather bougie expensive store but with quality material.)
A few of the alpaca you can visit at the Sol Alpaca store
Below is a few of my favorite images I took while traveling though Arequipa