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Having a good time when money is not an issue is no problem.  However, when I arrived in Lima in June 2017, I was almost broke and the only way to change this was living on a tight budget for a while. Well, and Lima on a budget is definitely possible.

How much money do you need in Lima?

My accommodation cost US$400/month and I decided not to spend more than US$10 a day.

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I’m not a huge fan of guided tours which take more than a few hours but sometimes, it’s simply the better option. When I decided to spend some time in Arequipa, I knew that I just had to take the opportunity to visit the Colca Valley with its condors and splendid nature.

The Colca Canyon is the second deepest canyon in the world (the deepest one is located in Tibet) and it’s possible to do trekking tours and spend one or two nights at basic huts on the ground.

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I spent three weeks in Arequipa in March/April 2018. As I combined work with travel, as usual, I only did one activity a day. However, all places listed here are situated within walking distance from the Plaza de Armas which means that it is very well possible to do several things on one day if you don’t intend to spend as much time in Arequipa as I did.

1. Plaza de Armas

A Plaza de Armas can also be found in other Latin American countries but Peru is full of them.

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The Santa Catalina Monastery in Arequipa was built in 1579 and is a must when you visit La Ciudad Blanca (The White City). Together with the complete Historical Centre of Arequipa, the Santa Catalina Monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The monastery was opened to the public about 50 years ago but there are still about 20 nuns living in a secluded part of the terrain. Santa Catalina is actually a little city of its own with alleys bearing the names of Spanish cities,

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