Trip Start Sep 15, 2007
63Trip End Dec 13, 2007
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As soon as I arrive at the bus terminal I can see Arequipa is a beautiful city. It's a quick $2.50 cab ride downtown and I'm at my chosen hostel, Los Andes, only to discover that it is full tonight but available for the remainder of my dates
Arequipa is set not far from the foot of the Andes. It is remarkably clean and has a notably cosmopolitan feel, much like any number of mid-sized french or spanish cities. The area around Plaza des Armas is loaded with hostels and restaurants and cafes that sell real coffee! The people are gorgeous and happy. The service is great. As I walked around it stuck me that something else was different. No stray dogs! Which of course means no poop all over the place. So far, it is giving Chile a run for it's money.