The White City
Trip Start May 17, 2006
118Trip End May 2007
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Then it was up to Arequipa leaving sea level behind. It is a stunning city with a backdrop of volcanoes. An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale hit the city a couple of days ago but there has been nothing since we arrived.... so far! We have been advised to stand in doorways if we feel a tremble!
10 years ago the frozen remains of a girl were found on the summit of the near by volcano Ampato
We then wandered to the Monestary of Santa Catalina which is 20,000m sq complex. When it was founded it was more of a party house for rich girls until the pope sent a strict nun to sort things out. It was a maze of streets and rooms all painted in beautiful colours and with geraniums to rival those at 137!
We have also experienced some culinary delights here. last night we tucked into Alpaca which was beautiful and also Guinea Pig or Cuy (sorry Kate). Rather disappointed by the GP as it came deep fried rather like KFC! Tasted good though if a bit bony!