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... north of Cusco who have said it is cold there. I'm fine with that. I have several places that I will visit, including an ancient city similar to Stonehenge.
So, my next entry will be from the country of Bolivia....hopefully tomorrow. Thanks to Don Beck for his excellent advice, having served in the Peace Corps in Bolivia a few lifetimes ago. Don, I always love hearing your Peace Corps stories. Until Bolivia....Caio!
Monday 27th January - Day 125
The difference in temperature between Cusco and Arequipa was very noticeable when
we arrived. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and it was already warm at 6am. We’d decided to stay in Wild Rover (the hostel chain we’d worked for in La Paz) so dropped our stuff of there, had a shower and relaxed by their pool (yes a pool in a £5-a-night hostel!). Just as
it was ...
We got up this morning to go on a walking tour but found out swiftly that they aren't run on Sundays for what ever reason. Convenient tho, as there was some kind of army parade going on in the main square which we sat down and watched for a while, then went for a walk to the river to get a nice view of the volcanoes that overlook Arequipa. They are beautiful mountains that dominate the city skyline.
This outing wasn't enough to satisfy me that I had done something with my day ...
... a vivid pink.
There are dozens of churchs in Arequipa and we visit but a few of them, all are worth a look but the most spectacular of all is the famed Monasteria de Santa Catalina which is in effect a city within a city. It occupies a whole block just north of the Plaza de Armas.
There are swarms of guides hovering around the entrance all eager to show visitors around but we decide it would be more fun to wander around alone ( and listening to a few of the ...
... was 2 hours well spent. Originally built in the 1500's it still houses up to 100 nuns, the youngest being 25. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Cata lina_Monastery I had my first negative food experience in the evening however with some "Arroz Chaufa" that tasted like it was slightly sautéed in Bleach. The ever reliable street food made sure I didn't go hungry. Tomorrow I will head out to do some rafting before I make my way to Chile. A new country, with new possibilities. Ciao ...