Plaza de Armas of Arequipa, so irresistibly beautiful… love at first sight.
The moment I stepped into Arequipa, I see a protest right at the Plaza de Armas
Went to the Monasterio de Santa Catalina - it was like the forbidden city of china, at a smaller scale
“a city within a city”
This monastery houses the prayer buildings and the living quarters of the nuns
At the rooftop of one of the monastery building, you can get a fantastic view of the snow capped mountains. The right one is the famous El Misti volcano.
This city is definitely my favorite. Literally every 4 blocks, you see a different style of buildings. On this street, you see historical structures all colorfully and lively painted. With cobble stone streets, of course.
Then a few blocks down, you see streets with more modernized buildings.
What I love the most about Peruvian architectures is their beauty. Whether it is a historical building, or a newly built complex, they are all constructed with aesthetics in mind, attention to details.
Whereas the US, most modern buildings are designed with the price-tag in mind, eliminating as much detailed decoration as possible. Yes, US buildings/malls are fancy on the neon lights, but architectural-aesthetics wise, they are no where comparable to Peruvian structures.
Walk a couple more blocks, you see the busier streets with small shops and restaurants catered more to the average locals. This is Mercado de San Camilo (San Camilo Market).
Plaza de Armas at night.
Every night, you get to see beautiful historical buildings light up at the plaza. Priceless.