Icachico wrote:I really liked Arequipa when I visited (granted it was only for a few days) I prefer a cooler climate so that was a nice benefit.
Polaron, could you elaborate on the conservatism comment you made about the people of Arequipa.
How are they more conservative, fiscally or socially?
Hi. I was referring to socially and politically conservative. Overall, Peru is a pretty conservative country socially; Arequipa is even moreso.
Briloop, wherever you go in Latin America, you're going to find cities that have dirty streets, high crime and stray dogs. The rule of thumb is, the larger the city, the more prevalent those situations. You'll also find similar conditions in Watts, Lynwood and Compton in the Los Angeles area; San Francisco's Tenderloin district; South Phoenix, west Phoenix, Guadalupe and Sunnyslope, and the list goes on and on. Those metro areas also have some beautiful locales, just as Latin American cities do.
I can't speak for the streets of Arequipa, not having been there, but I would wager that it has a less frequent incidence of the types of problems you have outlined than Lima due to its having one-fourth of the population of the Peruvian capital.
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