La Casa de Melgar Hostal
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TravelPod Member ReviewsLa Casa de Melgar Hostal Arequipa
Very comfortable, peaceful, beautiful place to stay and to photograph! I was ill and it was perfect for healing.
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Arequipa is Peru's second city in the arid south of the country. Where during winter the temperature was around 30 degrees. Surrounded by volcanoes and mountains.
The city itself has some nice colonial architecture and a picturesque main square (all of which are named Plaza de Armas) but the main attraction in the area is the Colca Valley. A valley leading into a canyon that is deeper than the Grand Canyon.
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... square, the plaza de armas that we realised how beautiful the centre is. One side has the most beautiful church, all lit up at night it was stunning and the other 3 sides have long white buildings with arches lining the street and a walkway underneath them with tour agencies or souvenir shops. The plaza itself has well manicured gardens and a giant central fountain. We walked inside the church and found it to be quite simple in design with an alter at one end and a ...
... with a pyramid similar to a matryoshka doll! It was fascinating to see some of the different layers within the Huaca. That afternoon we visited Chan Chan, which had been a Chimu city dating back to 1300AD. It is believed that the city stretches for more than 20 sq km, and as such is the largest adobe city in the world. Not much remains of it now, due to looting and El Niño, but we toured the Palace of Nik-An, believed to have been used solely as a mausoleum for one ...
... has about 2000 different types of potato. Had some fantastic pork soup, made by a lovely old lady. And who would have thought that queso helado (cheese ice cream) actually tasted good! But the real reason for my visit to arequipa was the Colca Canyon hike. So I spent 2 days walking into (and then up!) the second deepest canyon in the world. ...