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Trip Start Aug 17, 2013
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

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 so we booked a bus tour for the afternoon. The tour was meant to run for 4 hours which was too long to start with so imagine my feeling when it went for 5. It was boring. Half of the fun stuff was an additional cost on top of what we already paid, which sucked the life out of most people on the tour. I felt that I have seen a sufficient amount Arequipa tho, as the bus went to some places both within, and on the outskirts of the town.

At one of the lookouts there were these people dressed in funny dresses doing a dance which to me was pretty stupid but oh we'll. We also went to a lookout of the mountains which was a really beautiful view. Next on the agenda was an alpaca farm which was pretty funny. The tour guide warned us (in Spanish) that one of the alpacas spits and not to take his photo or look I to his eyes. When the only guy in the group who spoke no Spanish got spat on, I couldn't help but laugh at him and his grass and snot covered iPad.

It stated getting cold and late and we couldn't wait for the tour to be over. I really wanted to eat alpaca and expand my cultural eating from cuy in Ecuador  to alpaca in Peru, so we went out for dinner at this really nice restaurant called Zig Zag; it was number one on trip advisor and now i know why. We ordered duck, alpaca, lamb and beef which came served on a volcanic hot plate and we also got bibs put around our necks. The beef and lamb were perfection, the alpaca was a bit tough but still a really nice meat. The duck which I was looking forward to was far from great, but overall the meal was top 3 I've eaten since leaving the western world.

We booked a bus tour for tomorrow to go to Colca canyon like the rest of the backpackers, but my limited time before I fly to Canada meant we only had 1 day if I wanted to fit in Macchu Pichu and the Bolivian salt flats before leaving. Our 3am wake up meant that it was another early night after saying bye to some of the crew for now
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