Trip Start Nov 05, 2006
182Trip End Jan 14, 2008
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Arequipa is Peru´s second largest city and boasts fantastic restaurants, canyon hiking, historic convents and monasteries all at the foot of the active and HUGE volcano, Misti. The "experts" say a major eruption is a certainty and as Arequipa has expanded into the gulleys and craters that will catch and lava flows, this could be a problem. Fortunately, the "certain eruption" may not be for hundreds of years.
We filled our evening with fine dining feasting on Ostrich and swilling Malbec.
Our second day included a visit to "Juanita the Ice Princess." Juanita was discovered in 1995 atop a volcano when the neighboring volcano erupted and released her from her glacial prison. A twelve year old Inca royal who was sacrificed (it was considered to be an honor and a good thing to be one chosen from birth for sacrifice...go figure) to the volcano god over 500 years ago. Found in the fetal position near perfectly preserved, Juanita was confirmation of Inca human sacrifice. This runs in conflict with everything we´d been told at previous Inca sights. This was not quite as creepy as the mummies in Guanajuato, but seeing a frozen solid, 500 year old mummified corpses is a decent way to spend your morning. Pictures of Juanita are not permitted, but not to worry! Here´s a fun site for you to satisfy your craving for all sorts of mummies, Juanita included.