Posada Del Parque
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I arrived in Arequipa on Wednesday 24th September after traveling for what feels like a grueling 40+ hours. This included layovers in Denver and Miami. Yes people, it is cheaper to travel to South America via the US. The downside is that you feel like you have been traveling forever. Obviously the upside is you save several hundred dollars.
... felt safe the whole time.
We had a pisco sour at sunset on a terrace overlooking the square and surrounding volcanos and enjoyed listening to some Peruvian pipe players. Although we were provided with blankets, it was chilly but very nice.
After dinner we met up with the others at the wild rover for a few drinks and finished quite early as we had an early start the next day.
... the best way to get an insight into a city and to get hints and tips on where to spend more time later. The first thing we learnt about Arequipa is itīs nickname - 'the White City' which has less to do with the majority of buildings being white but more to do with the fact that the city was settled early on by 'white skinned' Europeans. Before moving away from Plaza de Armas we were told to look over to the Cathedral and shown the tell tale signs in ...
As if I hadn't done enough trekking recently, I donned my (very smelly) hiking boots once again for a three-day jaunt in the Colca Canyon. It is huge - at 4,200m it is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon - and cuts through the Peruvian landscape for mile after mile. Our 10-strong group comprised four couples, moi, and a 40-year-old American guy with whom I'd inevitably get stuck as all the others were already paired up. Our guide, Marco, resembled Severus ...
... from Chile. Internet reception is pretty bad in our rooom, but there was one bed that it was decent and we would watch movies there in the quiet of our room. When the girls arrived, however, we were forced to give up our movie watching bed. They weren't THAT bad, but I resented them anyway for intruding on our privacy. "Welcome to the hostel life," warned Natalie.
On Saturday, Natalie and I took a tour of the Colca Canyon. We had to be awake ...