Trip Start Oct 15, 2013
50Trip End Apr 15, 2014
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Once we got to Arequipa, we got our rooms, ours for some reason was like a suite, which was nice, but straight from the 70s with its brown flat pack furniture, large print furnishing and no hot water- just what you need after a 12 hour bus ride. Anyway, we hit the town in a quest for breakfast, and after some debate, we all ended up going to a cake shop which had breakfast on
Once that was over we strolled around the town looking for something to do, and came across a city bus tour. We haggled a discount, got them to take us to our hotel to get our cameras on the way and then started the tour. I don't really have a lot of say about the tour, it was pretty mundane, except for a Japanese tourist that kept taking our pictures which I didn't like, but she wasn't perturbed by the faces I was pulling. We had paid for a two hour tour (I think I would have lost the will to live on the four hour tour) and were on a busy road when the bus stopped and we were told to get off?! That was us done, and they tried to tell us we had to shell out for a taxi back to the square- after a bit of a fuss, they said they would pay for our taxis and as there was 9 of us that would be 3 taxis. Now, the taxis here aren't like the taxis at home, oh no! They are really small cars, like the car you get off your nan when you pass your test at 17, the one she has been keeping since the dark ages and it's not even a 1 litre- it's basically a pencils case on wheels
That night we were taken to a restaurant we had been told was really good. The food has been good for the last couple of days which is a nice change as we have eaten in some very questionable establishments over the last two months. This restaurant is famous for meat (not so great for us herbivores but I have come accustom to this, and take compensation in wine) and this meat is served on hot stones. Everyone raved about it, and really enjoyed their meat, and my wine was fabulous so a good end to the day.
Thought/fact of the day- they actually make a lot of chocolate in Peru, which goes well with all the red wine