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Jul 13, 2014 - Germany Defeats Argentina

We had lunch at Crepisimo - lots and lots of different crepes to choose from. When was the last time you had a crepe? I forgot how much I like them. I finally had a chicha morada, a beverage, made from purple corn boiled with cinnamon, cloves and pineapple skins. Delish! The game is on the big TV screen and all during lunch the score was 0-0. Boo hoo - Argentina lost The World Cup, however, it was fun to be part of the buzz as soccer is so big in Peru. Walking down any street the game is on in every restaurant/bar with people cheering...

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Jul 13, 2014 - Arequipa - The Last Day!

Repeat of yesterday - breakfast in bed and lounging. We are going to 11:30 mass at the Cathedral that dominates the main plaza. This cathedral is the only one in Peru that stretches the length of the plaza. It is one of less than 100 basilicas in the world entitled to display the Vatican flag. Not sure what the criteria is to have such an honor but I will try to find out. And by "I" I mean Mirta will need to ask one of the locals. Some speak English, however, some do not. Sunday is also mercado day in Arequipa - let's see what little...

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Jul 12, 2014 - Arequipa - The Lazy Day

The day is off to a great start - breakfast in bed, compliments of Mirta, who brought food to our room. We ate in bed as we checked email and lounged. The shower in this hotel is to die for and we take full advantage of the nice bathroom! Our first stop is Museo Santuarios Andinos where Juanita, the Ice Maiden is housed. She was the beautiful young girl (age 12) who was offered to the gods by the Incas - they thought the gods were angry due to the volcanos, rain and lightening. Juanita traveled to Ampato Volcano accompanied by a great...

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Jul 11, 2014 - The Day Of The Condors!

Short night - up at 5:00 with breakfast at 5:30 a..m. A great variety of cereals (nothing remotely like we have at home), home-made yogurt, freshly squeezed papaya, pineapple and orange juice and of course their incredibly yummy bread with cheese, olives, tomatoes and avocado. The second half of the tour continues......to see the condors. First we make 2 stops at nearby villages in the Canyon; to visit their church and perhaps to have the tourists spend some of their money on local crafts. We do the former, not the latter. The scenery is...

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Jul 10, 2014 - Colca Canyon

Breakfast at Tierra Viva (our second hotel of the trip) is the most standard breakfast yet. Cereal, eggs, pancakes and sausage already prepared. It really didn't matter as we didn't have time to lounge. Our driver, Cocoa and our guide Olivia picked us up at 7:30 a.m. and we set off for yet another experience. This tour includes 2 days and 1 night in Corporaque (Thursday) and the Colca Canyon (Friday). It's a 5 hour ride from Arequipa, stopping along the road for coca tea, however, this time we had tea with 3 herbs; coca, and 2 sprigs of...

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Jul 9, 2014 - Arequipa - Day 1

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...

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Jun 16, 2014 - Puerto Inca to Arequipa, Peru

Sunday 15th June 2014 Puerto Inca to Arequipa, Peru Left at 7:00am after an early breakfast. Today was a driving day and we travelled from our camp in Puerto Inca down the desert coast of Peru through dry dusty towns and spectacular roads close to the coast but high above it. We finally turned inland towards the mountains and arrived in Arequipa, set at around 2,300 metres above sea level with a perfect volcano overlooking the town. Arequipa was badly damaged in an earthquake in 2001 as were many places in this area. We have seen many...

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May 11, 2014 - Days 264 to 268 - Arequipa (Peru)

Leaving Puno by bus on Wednesday 7th May at 8.00am, I arrived in Arequipa at 2.30pm and set out to find some accommodation. Normally, there are plenty of people at the bus station touting for business but not here, as the bus station is some way from town. Fortunately, the first hostel I found was actually one that had been recommended to me…that was jolly good luck! I spent the rest of the day and the next exploring the city and also organising a two day / one night trip to the Colca Canyon. The trip involves a walk down into the Canyon,...

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Dec 1, 2013 - Arequipa

Så har jeg gjort endnu et forsøg på at forlade Cusco (sidste gang var det regnskoven, hvilket ikke varede særlig længe som I ved). Nu er jeg så i Arequipa, Perus næststørste by. Har mødt to danskere som jeg render lidt rundt sammen med. Her kan man ikke mærke at det er første december. De få juledekorationer der er virker fuldstændig malplacerede, og vi går rundt i bare arme og nyder solen. I går så vi et gammelt nonnekloster der er kæmpestort og bygget i kolonial-stil. Hele byens center er meget kolonialsk, meget hvidt og med en kæmpe...

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Aug 30, 2013 - The Arctic Expedition!? Part tress

Yes, we have traded our shorts and t-shirts for long johns! When it was time to leave Arequipa a van came to collect us from the hotel. Of course the driver was called Carlos (a different one) and a local guide, Lucmeila (Luce). It is amazing how much support Gap is giving to such a small group of 7 people. We always have Gabby plus sometimes a localguide and driver. Since we are heading into the Andes today we had started taking our Diamox last night for altitude sickness. They also made us buy coco leaves and as we headed off on our...

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Aug 28, 2013 - The adventure continues - part dos

Onwards and upwards! We really enjoyed the city of Nazca, I was too chicken to join Mits in the little plane to fly over the Nazca lines but he came back beaming - although he still said dune buggying was more fun! This is a crazy area, it is totally desert but the earth is really hard and it doesn't rain ever (it rained for one hour 16 years ago!) so everything is totally preserved. Both the lines and the mummies we saw are just in open desert totally unprotected and the mummies still have hair and a bit of skin. We also visited a potter...

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Aug 8, 2013 - Arequipa

We took a flight from Lima to Arequipa in the morning. When we landed we couldn't believe how beautiful it was. Arequipa is about 8000 feet above sea level. Brian and I did not experience any problems with the altitude, but many of our tour group noticed the elevation. We checked our luggage at the hotel and hit the streets. Arequipa is a beautiful city. After walking around for a couple of hours we met some of our group for lunch. Yes, we tried Guinea Pig. It wasn't too bad. It had a lot of bones and not very much meat. Probably won't...

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