Hostal La Casa Blanca
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... breakfast was not included in this hostel, unlike most others, so we had to pay for it when we finally did get up.
A group of us went for a walk around town to get our bearings. Arequipa is known as 'The White City', partly because the buildings in the centre of town are made with white volcanic rock (Sillar) that creates a stunning effect, especially at sunset, when the colours reflect from the stone. It was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. ...
... to turn out any good. The tower over looks 2 pictures, and they were really quiet small compared with what we were expecting! But the whole mystery behind how they got there and why they are still so clear is still a unexplained story... All pretty interesting though! After the lines we drove another 20km into the town where we stopped at a place for dinner. We left just after 7 o'clock to start our overnight bus ...
We had a half day in Arequipa before departing for colca canyon. This tour showed the non touristy side of Peru. We first went to a local market which sold produce such as fruit fish and meat. The guide explained that many of peru's population worked as day worker, being picked up at central points for a days labour. Unfortunately many unscrupulous people would offer below the going rate knowing that many workers had ...
... left tower which was replaced after the 2001 earthquake. Also inside the cathedral we were told that there is a carving of the devil which we should look for in our own time.
Round the corner we were taken into a Jesuit church which had local elements incorporated into the carvings, by the local artists, like pumas and corn. Inside, a painted copy of The Last ...
We took an overnight bus from Cuzco to Peru's second largest city, Arequipa. Called the White City because it's buildings are made with white volcanic sillar, Arequipa is a picturesque city with a backdrop of beautiful snow capped volcanoes. We originally planned on trekking to the ...