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Monday 7 November 2016

Arequipa: the Paris of Peru

Arequipa, the second city in Peru behind Lima, is often overlooked in favour of more tourist-oriented destinations like Cusco and Puno, gateway to Lake Titicaca.

That's a huge pity as Arequipa is a wonderfully cosmopolitan and elegant city reminiscent of the finest cities of Europe.

There are superb squares and alleyways with influences of Spain and Paris, excellent eateries and magnificent viewpoints.

There will be a full report on Arequipa over the next month or so, but here are some images to whet your travel appetite. 

# The writer is a guest of Contours Travel.

With 40 years of experience, Contours Travel is Australia’s most experienced and longest running Latin American travel wholesaler and agency, specializing in tailor-made, small group itineraries and special interest tours in Mexico, Cuba, Antarctica, South America, Central America and the Caribbean Islands. 

Director Ted Dziadkiewicz first explored the area as an overland bus driver in the mid-1970s, and he maintains a strong, hands-on focus on the business. Contours offers both bespoke and escorted small group tours. 

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