Hostal La Casa Blanca
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... example of
the Andean/Baroque style of architecture that the Jesuits used to attract the
Andeans to Catholicism. The walls and
columns were covered with Andean symbols of grapes, puma, corn, pineapples and
more, and really represented a mixture of the two cultures. The painting of the last supper in the
interior of the church was another example of the combining of the two cultures
... the fall is just ridiculous... Jesus will protect us... Arequipa is a beautiful city surrounded by three volcanos with a very South American historical centre. 250 km north-west we did a tour to the Colca canyon which is according to some the deepest canyon in the world with 4.7 km to the lowest point. At some point in the harsh mountains we saw the magnificent condors some of them weighing up to 10 kg, gorgeous birds especially when you know a bit about their ...
... is unable to live without her so he ends his own life by flying up and up into the sky, beyond his usual 10,000m limit, until he is able to fly no more. He then plummets back to the ground, dead. One particularly loved-up couple in the group found all this very romantic and started gazing adoringly into each other's eyes. It made me feel a bit queasy. After that we began our descent into the canyon. My legs were still knackered from the Inca Trail ...
... beautiful view point from either the north or south or east or west or left or right of the city from wherever we were. When he explained it in Spanish history was involved. Today I went to the museum and learned about and saw the mummy, Juanita. The story of Inka sacrifice was pretty amazing. I must say though I was a little upset to learn that the child mummies they found gave their lives to the mountain ...
Catching an overnight bus (a very nice one at that, with big, comfy reclinable seats and a meal service) through Peru can be a confusing experience when you wake up at the other end of the journey. The geography and scenery is so different that it's hard to believe you're in the same country. Whereas Cusco is tucked away in the lush green mountains, Arequipa lies on a plain at the foot of a giant volcano.
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