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Oct 16, 2004 - Arequipa and the Colca Canyon

After a hellish 6 hour bus trip we arrived in the lovely town of Arequipa. The bus was packed, people standing in the aisles because of double booking of tickets. Luckily we had our seats! At every stop people ran on trying to sell food, gifts (you name it) to us. Then a guy stood right next to us and shouted at the top of his voice for 1 hour promoting some health food product. The IPOD went on full volume! Then (the story goes on!) the guy in front of us was sick out of the window so we no longer had a view! That night we had a nice meal...

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Oct 2, 2004 - Arequipa

Ellen: When we arrived in Arequipa we were about two hours late, so we were told to just get on the next bus. We walked on, and it was, as Kevin so aptly put it, "a shithole". Not the "lujo" (luxury) class bus we had paid for (heavily) in Nazca. This was to be a 9-hour trip, and Kevin had a cold, and there was no way we wanted to cram in there. Several people from our first bus felt the same way, and everyone got off to see what the problem was. Turned out the luxury bus was broken and wouldn't leave until the next morning, so we were...

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Sep 29, 2004 - Ariquipa

Ariquipa We arrived in Ariquipa at 10am after yet another interesting bus journey. The bus in all fairness was only two hours late this time, so we thought 'result'. It was also the promised Royal Class, complete with wonderfully comfortable reclining seats which promised a good nights sleep, and this was duly achieved. The galling thing was that the bloody thing didn't stop even for a fag break. At 7am, after seven and a half hours of incarceration and the ignominy of using chemical toilets, the bus stopped outside what appeared to be a...

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Sep 28, 2004 - Nazca 1

28th September 2004 After the biggest meal you have ever seen, my ½ chicken and chips could have fed 4 and was one of those meals that no matter how much I ate seemed never to get smaller, we wandered back to the hotel. Locals were playing bingo in the street and we settled down for an early night in the knowledge that we were leaving at 7.30 to see the Nazca lines. (ancient lines in the desert) We need not have worried about the early morning alarm call as all the cockerels in Nazca made sure of that. At 4 am Lorn was convinced they were...

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Sep 23, 2004 - Arequipa

Wir sind nun in Arequipa und wir versuchen ein Hotel zu finden, muede von der 11 stuendigen Busfahrt gehen wir zum Hotel Regis und wen treffen wir die deutschen. Langsam finden wir das lustig und beginnen zu quaseln und tauschen ideen aus. wir beschaeftigten uns am nachmittag mit dem Besuch der schoenen Stadt. - Kathedrale - Nonnen Kloster - Plaza de Armas Wir versuchten nun eine guenstige Tour zu finden um den El Misti zu besteigen 5800m, jedoch entschlossen wir uns lieber eine 3 Tagestour im Canon de Colca zu machen als Vorbereitung auf...

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PERU - mit Rucksack

Aug 15, 2004 - Arequipa, Peru

Arrived 5:30am - bus 2 and a half hours early, do not think you would get that in England... Found nice hostal - Hostal Mercedes. Arrived on the anniversary of the city, so huge party. We sat on a balcony eating and drinking all day watching the parade go by. Went from 2pm til after 10pm. Really good. Next day wandered around, tour of Santa Catalina monastery which was very impressive. Found a cool bar in the night - Deja Vu. Day 3 in Arequipa - TS trekked up ´El Misti´, an active volcano 5,825m (around 19,000ft, vs. Ben Nevis at c.1,300m...

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Aug 5, 2004 - Arequipa & Colca Canyon

10 days to kill before I head for Machu Picchu, what to do.... Arequipa! UNESCO world heritage listed etc etc the bottom line is that Arequipa has a beautiful center of white stone churches and plazas surrounded by a typical morass of dirt poor, mud brick houses and tenements. That said, I didn´t leave the beautiful center of town and loved it. Colca Canyon is a popular spot near Arequipa and I locked in a two day visit. The canyon is reputed to be the world´s deepest at over 1klm deep in parts. The indigineous inhabitants have been...

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Jul 13, 2004 - Arequipa, second city of Peru

We got to Arequipa after another 7 hours and went to a hotel rumoured to be warm by 2 Canadians we met before. They were right and we were happy. Arequipa is at an altitude of 2500 metres and is cold at night. Denis has had a cough since La Paz and warmth was definitely in order. Arequipa is Peru's second city but despite being big is quite pretty and has an amazing convent, now open to the public, Monasterio Santa Catalina. The whole 20,000 square metre complex is like a city within a city and was great fun to explore without a guide and...

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Jul 12, 2004 - Peru - Arequipa - Colca Canyon, Condors, Copa America

The next few weeks decisions were dictated by the football tournament over here, the Copa America which by good luck is been held in Peru. I got tickets for the Brazil v Chile game in Arequipa and tickets for a Semi and the Final both in Lima 2 weeks later, so this meant I could do the popular southwest loop route between Cusco and Lima which everyone does, taking in Arequipa, Nasca, and Ica. I travelled down to Arequipa with 2 of the lads from Cusco, Matt & Graham and with a couple of days to kill before the match we done a few days...

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Where Is Woodzy?

Oct 11, 2003 - Arequipa

We took a public night bus (business class) from Nasca to Arequipa, it took about 7 hours in total. It was pretty good arriving at 6am and having the whole day to explore Arequipa. The two main attractions (the only attractions really) are the "Monasterio De Santa Catalina" (Santa Catalina Convent) and the archaeological museum. The convent is huge and well worth the relatively pricey 25 Soles (5 UK Pounds) entry fee. The archaeological museum was excellent, a guided tour cost 15 soles (3 pounds) and ended with a viewing of one of the...

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Jul 15, 2003 - This may hurt a little...

Now, I don't know about you, but if I had to list the five ailments I'd least like to be afflicted with in South America, toothache would definitely be in there. A bad case of diarrhea on a 24-hour bus journey, infectious boils that required lancing, or foot rot might potentially give it a run its money in the discomfort stakes but I still maintain that it would proudly hold its own and justify its place in that top five. As you may have by now correctly guessed, I got toothache. It began as a dull, distant thud on the overnight bus to...

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Nov 4, 2002 - Get Thee to a Nunnery

Copyright 2004 David Rich 2500 Words jdavidrich@yahoo.com G e t T h e e t o a N u n n e r y There are fabulous cities all over the world but only one sits right below two 20,000-foot volcanoes and is also within day-tripping distance of Colca and Cotahuasi Canyons, reputedly the two deepest crevasses on the planet, both a thousand-plus feet over two miles deep. This fabulous city is Arequipa, Peru, with even more fantastic attractions in its city center, also unique as Peru's only palatable metropolis outside the ancient Incan capitol of...

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