The beautiful colonial city of Arequipa —located between the coast and the southern Andes of Peru— was included in The 50 Best Places to Travel in 2020 list compiled by the famous Travel + Leisure magazine.
The Peruvian city is one of the five South American destinations included in this select list.
A recent publication highlights the preserved colonial architecture of «the White City» —so named for its gleaming structures made from sillar, a volcanic rock— saying it earned the historic center of Arequipa UNESCO World Heritage status in 2000.
According to Travel + Leisure, although a dearth of upmarket lodgings has kept this Peruvian destination off most travelers’ radar, now, the town finally has accommodations befitting the local history.
For instance, August saw the opening of Cirqa, originally built in 1540, the year Arequipa was founded, as an inn for guests of the Church of San Agustin next door.
«The property marries preserved elements of the original parador — high vaulted ceilings, textural stone walls — with contemporary flourishes, such as black-steel-framed windows and a plunge pool,» the article reads.
In addition, Travel + Leisure suggests an experience that is further steeped in history: the cuisine at La Nueva Palomino, where a female-led staff cooks hearty stews from heirloom recipes.
The renowned international travel magazine recommends enjoying the moment while admiring the three volcanoes in the distance (Chachani, Misti, and Pichu Pichu) with a tall glass of chichi —an Andean beer made from corn.
It must be noted that, in addition to its scenic beauty, amazing architecture, rich cultural heritage, and delicious gastronomy, Arequipa offers a warm and homelike environment that encourages visitors to come back.
Arequipa is the second most populated city in Peru. It is considered one of the most beautiful areas in the country due to its impressive landscapes, imposing volcanoes, and for hosting the deepest canyon in the world.
Fuente: ANDINA: https://andina.pe/ingles/noticia-travel-leisure-perus-arequipa-among-50-best-places-to-travel-in-2020-778726.aspx