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Arequipa

Fact Sheet

Peru is home of the an advanced ancient civilization. The country is multicultural featuring a mixture of Quechua culture (the Inca decendents) and Spanish language and architecture. It is also a multiecological land, a mix between 16,000 feet-high Andean mountains, 2,000 km of pacific coastt beaches, featuring unique water sport facilities, and the Amazon rain forest. Actually Arequipa is the birth place of the Amazon, the longest river in the world, and also the deepest cayon.  Arequipa lies in the Chili Valley, 2,300 meters above the sea level, only 1 hour south of Lima by plane and 1 hour far from the Pacfic Ocean. Arequipa is one of the most touristic places in South America, it is a  Spanish styled white city built from volcanic stones. The landscape is surrounded by three astounding volcanos. Arequipa is also the resting place of "Juanita" the mummie perfectly conserved, founded at a snowed mountain peak near the city, featured later by National Geographic. Although Arequipa has a population of about 500,000 people, the second most important populated area after the capital Lima, it conserves an antique and small town feeling; If you think of Peru as llamas running through the ice-cold Andes, then think again, because Arequipa enjoys an average 20-degree weather with sunshine 90% of the year; it is also a place to take part in several adventure sports like surfing, river rafting, trekking, paraglading, etc. Arequipa also features moder transportation means with an international airport, the PanAmerican highway and the railroad system that travels to the capital of the Inca Empire, Machu Picchu. Click the map, find Arequipa.

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