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It was originally inhabited by the Incas, and was settled as early as 2000 BC. The actual city was founded in 1540 and soon became a wealthy and important Spanish colonial city.
Today, Arequipa is known for its large size, integral part in Peruvian economy, exportation - especially of wool and manufactured goods, cathedrals, history, architecture, education, surrounding mountains, tourism, religion, and culture.
People Born in Arequipa
Arequipa in People's Lives
Mario Vargas Llosa: I was born here in 1936, my parent's oldest child. My mother was a radio operator for an aviation company. Approximately a year after I was born, it was revealed that my father was having an affair with a German woman, and my parents divorced. I lived with my mother and her family until I was about two years old, when my mother's father was made honorary consul for Peru in Bolivia. After this, we moved to Cochabamba, Bolivia, around 1938.