|Arequipa is not dissimilar to Cusco in that it is very picturesque, very touristy and a decent place to stay for a few days. A huge volcano towers behind the church on the main square and is a spectacular sight, especially on a clear day. Whilst here I had my second experience at white water rafting, this time on the nearby Rio Chili. It was just as much fun second time round. I managed to fall in the water whilst going over a pretty steep waterfall which, if anything, added to my enjoyment. The following day I went on a 2 day excursion of the Colca Canyon, which is the second deepest canyon in the world. We were all confused as to whether the guide for the excursion was just some random bloke we had picked up on the journey. He was really poor. But that didn´t detract from the experience. The canyon was stunning. We trekked right down to the bottom of the canyon and stayed the night there in an oasis resort with swimming pools which had actually been quite tastefully built. The trek back up was pretty tough. But shortly after getting back up we were relaxing in some nearby natural thermal baths. There was some sort of festival being celebrated on my final day in Arequipa where people soaked other people with water and shaving foam. The locals absolutely loved it and I got soaked on number of occasions. Then I went on a valentines day blind date before leaving Arequipa on an overnight bus.