Arequipa, Peru

With a population of 865,000 people, Arequipa (photos) is Peru’s second largest city.  Arequipa manages to bridge coastal Peru and Andean Peru, both geographically and sociologically.  It sits at an elevation of 2350 meters (7,750 feet) above sea level giving it a consistently pleasant year round climate.  The city enjoys a dramatic setting, guarded by three volcanoes including the nearly perfectly cone shaped and snow topped El Misti, topping out at 5825 meters.

From Plaza de Armas, El Misti in the background Continue reading

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