Trip Start Sep 25, 2013
15Trip End Apr 15, 2014
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My journey South began on a beautiful bus- a mammoth of a bus. I settled in for 15 hours of long rode in the form of first class bus travel- front seat, top floor, food service( Thank you, but I'll pass ) blankets, pillows, movies, and a lovely German doctor seat mate named, Daniel
A restless night of sleep in a reclining seat led me to waking at 5:30am. I looked out the curtain to see the light of the sunrise over the desert in a lovely, but eerie glow. Miles of rolling dunes of flesh-colored coastal land and the Pacific crashing against the rocks below- almost like a desert version of Big Sur. I found myself praying that the driver didn't get too drowsy, as we were maneuvering windy roads with precarious edges. I decided to doze a bit more and wait for the climb to Arequipa.
Arequipa is a colonial town of stone- a white volcanic rock called, sillar. Giant stone cathedrals, monasteries, and cobblestone streets are protected by three gigantic volcanoes. The town resides at 7,000 feet. The air is thin. The sky and mountains are pink at sunset. I found a local chocolatier and fair trade coffee roaster that I will be visiting every morning. It is magical. Here, I will acclimate and explore for a few days and then move on to explore Canon del Colca - the worlds second deepest canyon. Twice as deep as the Grand Canyon! Tomorrow, I may have to try the traditional, local food of cuy-guinea pig. Hmmm. We'll see. Off to my $8 a night hostel... Sweet dreams.
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