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Travel Blogs from Arequipa
During the early hours of the morning, I woke up to see Trevor standing at the window, which was open wide. I asked him what he was doing. His reply was that the room was full of fumes, the type given off by an oil-burning boiler. Trevor is a mechanical fitter, so this is something he would know. From my bed at the side of the room opposite the window I couldn’t smell anything, so I went back to sleep until my alarm went off at 7.00am.
... to go with our hostel for convenience. We wandered around the main sqaure and the City Centre taking in all the sights. Amie had her picture taken with a lamb, and we got stared at by a local family who were having a picnic. They giggled and whispered. Amie said Hello they giggled even more. Oh to be a foreigner!
The start of the trip was 3am the following morning, so we hardly had time to recover from our over night bus ride. We grabbed some food from ...
... downtown Arequipa is a city within the city that was at one point home to almost 500 nuns. There is a small section where a few nuns still live today but the rest is open to the public and has been rebuilt after an earthquake in the 1960's to look like it did in the 16th and 17th centuries. We were lucky to take the tour on a perfectly clear night which was amazing as there are almost no electric lights and the whole place was illuminated only by fireplaces, ...
... and oopsie we ended up skipping dinner and heading straight for a late bar. Ah well sure, a good night was had by all!
The next day was a bit rough, but luckily we had the roof terrace to relax in the sun, so that we did for most of the day, until we decided it was time to go for an oreo McFlurry of course. Sitting outside the cathedral and who did we bump into but Jade and Toby again! So we pulled ourselves together and went for ...
... for agriculture. They use water from snow melts in the mountain to irrigate their crops. In the last 20 years however, there hasn't been perpetual snow on the mountains, so no melts, therefore they can only use 20% of the land. After a stay in Chivay, which involved a visit to a highlander music and dance show, we then travelled up the valley to see where the condors fly in the morning. They use thermal rises in the air to just glide ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
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