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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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Jul 9, 2013 - Getting Acclimated

We arrived in Arequipa early in the morning on Monday. Lucia has a friend that previously stayed with a guy from Arequipa that she met through the couch-surfer website. For those of your not familiar with this site, people create profiles and when traveling they can contact people in places they are going and arrange to stay at their houses for free and they can also host others when they are home. I have heard of this site and have friends that have used it, but have never done it myself until now. Obviously it could open the door from...

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Jun 20, 2013 - the countdown to sleep begins....woohoo! boo to leavin arequipa tho

today was just a semi frenzied mornin gettin packed up ready for the final run to lima. sorry to leave arequipa, cos its a lovely, pretty relaxed place with a a great climate,and cos i know it means more long hours on a bus which i have grown to hate, and that the end of that journey means no more brilliant climate, which ive had for such a short time. expected it all to be warm but it wasnt, i froze my way round only startin to thaw in chile, of all places, and finally thawing out in arequipa. no fair. loved every minute but would have...

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Jun 19, 2013 - back to our arequipa home

colca was great, the spa place amazing, but after a (shorter??) bus journey, we arrived back at what felt a bit like home to our hostel in arequipa and the deliciously hot weather again, even if it is just for a day. got to love that sun! last minute present gathering and a last munch at the yummy el ekeko......mmmmm best chicken sandwich eveeeeeerrrrrrr

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Jun 16, 2013 - arsing around in Arequipa

Spent a day soon some sun lovin and general cruisin around. Lou went and got some braw pics at the santa catalina monastery. She had a great time and chowed down a huge slab of carrot cake in the sun. Bein over the old/religious pish i just sat in the sun. I tried a Turkish meatball wrap thing at the place Lou likes and gobbed most of it in the serviette, one of the barfest things I ever put in my mouth. Lesson learned.

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Jun 14, 2013 - ah good old civilisation... and the uncivilised shit that comes with it

Switched hostels today....last nights was ok and the guy super helpful and a night off Lous snoring so very sweet, but alas his hostel is half complete, so we switched to a cheaper but better one. Unfortunately we chose school chucking out time to make our way down the street for lunch and some sticky fingered wee arsewipe took the opportunity of the heaving masses to relieve Lou of her purse >.< thank fuck my visa works now! One yummy lunch later we headed to the tourist polis to report said ragamuffin and by the time the fat bastard had...

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Jun 13, 2013 - some civilisation again

Got to Arequipa after a long haul to find a lovely city and the one that turned out to be my favourite of all the ones we've visited. First night spent in separate rooms (quiet!) in a hostel which was ok but only partially finished, so despite the very nice and helpful owner we decided to move on the next day.good first night tho....instantly discovered each of ours favourite eateries....lous being the Taliban place (ok a falafel place) and mines been el ekeko with the best hot chicken sandwiches ever and the only decent chips in the whole...

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