The day begins having breakfast with our friends, Ghia and Kasey from Dallas. We say goodbye to Carlos, our host and off we go with our driver to the Cusco Airport. The flight to Arequipa was a short one, 35 minutes with amazing scenery of the mountains peaking above the clouds. Those clouds seem to just hoover over the mountain tops. Mirta and I both had window seats and looked at this sight the whole way there. We check into the hotel and as usual, we hit the ground running! We walk around the town, getting the lay of the land and even made some restaurant reservations for the rest of the week. Arequipa's main plaza is called Plaza de Armes (as all the Plazas are called that in Peru) and the buildings throughout the city has a sillar architecture. Impressive colonnaded balconies line three sides. The fourth side sits Peru's widest cathedral.
La Canasta, is the quaint courtyard restaurant we found to have a bite to eat. We share a Caprese salad and a grilled chicken sandwich on ciabatta bread and we even saved room for dessert. We ordered Alfajores, an Argentina dessert made of a lemon cookie, a thin layer of glaze in the middle with coconut around the edges. The food continues to be fabulous.
Our next stop is Iglesia de la Compania - a Jesuit Church with a facade that is a masterpiece of intricately carved of churrigueresque, a Spanish style of the 1600's. The detailed alter piece covered in gold leave is very similar to the Cathedral in Seville, Spain.
Dinner is at Zig Zag's located in a two story colonial house that has an iron staircase designed by, none other than, Gustave Eiffel! Since the portions are so large we are able to share each meal. Tonight we start with a salad that has a pyramid of quinoa with shrimp, carrots and peas, fresh figs, avocado and mango slices. Salmon was our entree and served on a hot stone with ratatouille and a pink baked potato. The food just does not disappoint.
Another wonderful day in Peru.