Arequipa and beyond (until Chile)

Trip Start Aug 01, 2007
Trip End Mar 31, 2008

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Monday, October 1, 2007

Arequipa was unlike the other cities in I visited in Peru, it is much more modern. Not only that the buildings that aren't modern are all this faded white colour from the volcanic rocks used in their construction. My first night here was relaxed, I did some internet and went to my hotel room (yes that's right I went to a hotel and paid $18 a night which is a lot but I had a TV!) and watched some TV. I think I saw some CSI.

The next day I did some shopping, bought some art, sent home a package and took it easy again in the night. The my second day in Arequipa I went on a city tour in this giant yellow bus. They gave us these ugly ass foam visors, of course I wore mine most of the trip. Later that night I went to catch a movie at their multiplex movie place.

The next day I was STILL out of luck to book any kind of mountain bike your around the city. As it turns out there were no groups or people that were also interested in going out the same time as me. If I wanted to book it for myself I was going to have to pay the price for 2 people, so roughly $100. A little rich for my blood.

I mailed 2 packages home as well! How exciting.

I am now off to Tacna which is right near the border to Chile!

Tacna is probably the least interesting place I have visited so far. I would like very much to say that everywhere I go is great and fantastic but that just isn't the case. Tacna was genuinely boring. There was nothing going on in this place. The whole city is surrounded by desert, on all sides nothing but sand and more sand. Now it might be fun if you had some sort of 4x4 to go cruising along the dunes but I didn't.
That could have been the problem, Sundays in Peru are pretty slow with everyone heading off to church and all. At least there were some places I could get some food. That was about all I did the whole day was go for some food and write in my journal. I didn't see another tourist the whole day.
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