Hotel Plaza Melgar

Isaac recabarren 101-B Cercado, Arequipa, 054, Peru | Hostel
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Arequipa 02/11/13-05/11/13 days 62-65

A travel blog entry by vikkiandchris


... from a vicuna, a relative of llama's and alpaca's. The wool has a higher value than gold and a scarf made from the wool would set you back £3000! Sadly, poachers were killing the vicuna for their wool which meant the species was becoming extinct as the creatures mate for life and will only have 1 or 2 babies per female. To combat the decline in the animals numbers, the government introduced a law making it illegal to make any more garments from the animals wool and imposed ...

Reality of Life

A travel blog entry by burkley


... wood fires and candles burning almost giving you the feeling of touring in former times. Some of the signs were a little hard to read but overall though we got to see how the nuns lived through the ages with their own kitchen, shops, individual houses and the beautiful cobble stoned streets with washed walls. The monastery is also home to some great religious art with influence from both Spanish and Peruvian religious artists. It is a must see and very different from anything either ...

Guinea pig anyone?

A travel blog entry by gringo_sange


... up in Arequipa that day. We made some ... stuff ... stuffed capsicums, a salad, some scallop potato thing that I'll never make at home - but the food was delicious and the market visit was also a nice opportunity to take photos minus the guilt.

The rafting was also great fun - class 3, 4 and 5 rapids with an optional plunge from a huge rock into a freezing cold Chili River. I don't think I realised how cold it was until I plunged into it. I kept reminding the Americans about ...

Turistas on the Go... and At Rest

A travel blog entry by kimb3r


... its way up a hill and I manage to snap a quick photo. Vicuñas live in groups of 5 or more so there must be others close by. A small guard station is located where the road ends. Erich informs me that the guard is positioned here as a precaution against attempts to take out the power lines in the area. They are also there to deter poachers who will attempt to capture or kill vicuñas for their valuable fur. I think about the lone vicuña that we spotted on the way ...

6 Thursday, Arequipa

A travel blog entry by lisaraewyn


... run to Arequipa, the "white city". There are many explanations for the name a) being settled by white skinned Spaniards b) built from white sillar rock from volcanic Misti c) adapted from various sayings in various languages.

The scene changes a bit as we go higher, we can see snowy mountains, villages and farmers picking crops (perhaps chives or spring onions). Fences were interesting, brick and other materials but it wasn't always apparent what ...


This hostel, located on Isaac recabarren 101-B Cercado, Arequipa, is near Colca Canyon, Yanahuara, San Francisco Plaza, Church and Monestery, and Casa del Moral.
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