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Arequipa's main square with the imposing cathedral and the Misti volcano in the back, photo: Black Tomato

Arequipa is “cool” – according to Forbes

The Top 10 Coolest Cities in the World


With the insight of high-end travel companies that “keep their ears on their clients’ interests and their eyes on the adventures”, the prestigious business magazine Forbes compiled a list of the Top 10 Coolest Cities in the World which they recommend visiting in 2018.

And chosen by the director of the award-winning luxury travel agency Black Tomato, Tom Marchant, Arequipa, Peru’s second largest city, was named the 5th Coolest City in the World.

According to Marchant, “Arequipa is a gem of a city that’s played a fundamental role in Peru’s gastronomic renaissance. Classic spicy dishes such as rocoto relleno (stuffed spicy red peppers), chupe de camarones (prawn chowder) and ocopa (boiled potato in a creamy, spicy sauce) all hail from here and are still best enjoyed in the city’s communal picantería restaurants.”

But next to its fantastic gastronomy Arequipa, even though smaller and more navigable than Lima, has to offer much more. Surrounded by a breathtaking Andean landscape and with the impressive Misti volcano sitting in its backyard, the so called “Ciudad Blanca” (White City) as well shines in its “colonial splendor”. Tom Marchant highlights here the city’s main square with its imposing cathedral and the Santa Catalina Monastery.

Other cities on the Top 10 Coolest Cities in the World list are: Leon in Nicaragua, Medellin in Colombia, Brazzaville in Congo, Cairo in Egypt, Yogyakarta in Indonesia, Malacca in Malaysia, Puebla in Mexico, Nagasaki in Japan and Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.

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