La Fuente Arequipena
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... activities. What we did do, however, was enjoy a day of surprising culture and a rare civilised dinner in a nice restaurant.
What we did
So, I have already foreshadowed that this might not be the most interesting post of the trip - there's aonly so much you can say about visits to an old convent, a museum of Andean culture, a nice meal and wandering around (yet another) nice colonial town - but I will
do my best to make it at ...
... the room (which was basic but fine), but because I was with other single travellers who had done the same thing! So John, Joyce and I went off exploring the town together (it didn't take long!) before heading to the thermal baths for the rest of the afternoon. I'd heard mixed reviews of thermal baths throughout Peru (mainly in Agua Caliente) so was unsure what to expect, but these were lovely! There were three baths of differing temperatures, set into the mountainside, so ...
... in the warm sunshine, so we stopped a bit, had lunch (very tasty empanadas, much more like pasties this time, with the exception of the boiled egg and olive inside), and watched the world go by. The Plaza is the heart of Puno, and home to lots of pigeons too – though the sight of pigeons nesting in huge palm trees was new to us. We spent the afternoon walking around the city, seeing the sights, and a bit of time in an internet cafe too, since ...
I skipped breakfast - the convent, (Monasterio de Santa Catalina) which was first on my list of things to do, has a cafe with yummy things baked by the nuns: I was saving myself.
When I was little, I wanted to be a nun (slight flaw - I was not Catholic). Anyway, if I was going to be a nun, this was the place to do it! The imposing white walls (made of local sillar rock) seem to stretch for miles and once inside you ...
... nice meat. The duck which I was looking forward to was far from great, but overall the meal was top 3 I've eaten since leaving the western world.
We booked a bus tour for tomorrow to go to Colca canyon like the rest of the backpackers, but my limited time before I fly to Canada meant we only had 1 day if I wanted to fit in Macchu Pichu and the Bolivian salt flats before leaving. Our 3am wake up meant that it was another early night after saying bye to some of the crew for ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
- Wheelchair accessibility