Arequipa, Peru. The country’s second biggest city after Lima. The city’s center is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, although it isn’t quite as impressive as many other of the World Heritage Sites in Latin America in my humble opinion. Main industries are manufacturing, trade and tourism. It’s a fairly developed city by Latin American standards, with a solid healthcare services and decent infrastructure.
DATING IN AREQUIPA
As per usual in mid-sized Latin American cities, most girls will live at home. Not a big deal if you have your own place or if the girl is cool with a love motel (if she’s willing to hook-up with you the same night she met you, she probably is). Like Peru in general, if a girl is interested in you, you’ll know. She’ll stare at you. Cold approaches work well, but expect a bit of hesitancy because there aren’t as many foreigners here as in Lima or Cusco. Girls are friendly and kissing comes easy but don’t expect to be able to rack up one night stands. Most girls here won’t spread their legs for a tourist just passing through.
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WOMEN IN AREQUIPA
Lima is still the best option in Peru for finding hot girls…aside from Playa Asia in the summer, where all the hot girls you never knew existed in Peru seem to come out of the woodwork. But that’s a whole other post. Anyway, the quality of women in Arequipa isn’t too bad. Don’t come here expecting the quality you’d find in Colombia, but you can certainly expect it to be better than Ecuador or Guatemala.
RENT AN APARTMENT IN AREQUIPA
$500.00 will do just fine. Personally, I wouldn’t want to live here. It’s kind of unremarkable. But if you love Peru and if you find Lima too chaotic but still want a big city atmosphere, Arequipa could work for you.
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NIGHTLIFE IN AREQUIPA
There are a lot of bars located around Plaza de Armas, where you can easily find a hostel. There are a number of bars and clubs around here; pretty respectable for a city of this size.
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COST OF LIVING IN AREQUIPA
The following data is from Expatistan, a crowdsourced database of prices and cost of living around the world. In our experience, the data tends to underestimate cost of living, so take the following as the minimum you might need to live here.
*Figures are listed in USD
You’ll need a minimum of $644 USD/month to live in Arequipa, Peru
IS AREQUIPA SAFE?
Safety in Arequipa is moderate. The main thing you’ll have to watch out for is taxi drivers – several are criminals and will take your shit or pull an express kidnapping. Mexico City gets a bad wrap but Arequipa is worse. This is a problem they must deal with. Even locals will warn against taking random taxis. It feels safe to walk around during the day/night in centro. Lots of people, lots of police.
If you have several weeks in Peru it is worth checking out. If you’re just backpacking through and are short on time, you can probably give it a miss. Traffic is quite bad and, although the city is nice enough, it’s not something I’d go out of my way to see (Mexico spoiled me with colonial cities, so I wasn’t blown away). I’ll toss it a 6.5/10.
OVERALL RATING: 6.5/10
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