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Mar 3, 2013 - Arequipa, Ciudad Blanca (White City)

Since our vacation goal was really never to spend too much time in cities, we decided to head towards Maccu Pichcu as soon as possible. However a reality check redirected us along the coast to Arequipa. The bus ride from Lima to Cusco/ Macchu Piccu is over 30 hours long. Cusco lies at 3400 meters or so. Altitude sickness was definitely a fact to consider, so we decided to take the LONG way and make several stops to get adjusted slowly. Arequipa lies at 2335 meters, 900 km or 500 miles from Lima. Arequipa is called the white city was...

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Andie Mini Trip 2012

Jan 1, 2013 - On The Road Again

The highlight of my stay in Lima wasn’t the architecture, culture or history but something much simpler. I most enjoyed watching the sunset each evening from a small park on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific. While the view was pretty, the attraction for me was the gathering of the neighbors on this small green space (about the size of a large suburban lot) to enjoy the end of the day. Families gathered here and, while the children played, friends and neighbors visited. The palpable feel of a close-knit community enjoying one another’s...

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Jan 1, 2013 - Arequipa

Many times in my travels I arrive in a city I have never previously heard of only to discover that it plays a significant role in the country I’m visiting. Arequipa is just such a city. It is not only the second largest city in Peru but it is well known for its history and for its picturesque town square. Arequipa is called the “White City” because most of its significant buildings and churches are constructed with a soft white rock quarried from the surrounding mountains and volcanoes. There are two unique attractions in Arequipa that I...

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Sep 16, 2012 - Libertad

There's nothing better than seeing your love with a clean bill of health and a smile. I arrived at the clinic where the two nurses greeted me with words of encouragement ... "Se siente mejor" which translates to "He's much better." The doctor came in at 10 to report that his oxygen level, without extra oxygen was 92%, so he'll be ok to head to Cusco. But, the poor guy is on a bland diet. What a place to be restricted to broths, rice, chicken and bread for the next 5 days. No vegetables or fruits, no fried food, no Pisco Sours. By the time...

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Sep 15, 2012 - Arequipa and great medical care

September 15  ... the morning ...  He's had lots of IV fluids, oxygen and antibiotics, and is feeling much better. He will be here another night to continue the IV antibiotics and also to be sure there will be no return of symptoms before we head to Cusco.  The doctor assures us he'll be 100% tomorrow. He's already got his sense of humour back.  We will fly out from Arequipa to Cuzco on Monday morning (Taca flight at 7:30 am ... arrgghh) and rejoin our group. So today is a day of banking, buying airline tickets, extending our stay at the...

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Sep 14, 2012 - Arequipa ...

It's been a whirlwind trip and one that is too long on the buses and not enough time exploring ... lots of 12-14 hour days.  Arequipa is the first city we have two nights in a the same hotel, so that will be fabulous. This morning, a local guide named Eber took us on a tour around the city to vistas showing the three volcanos in the area.  Misti is the most often on postcards about Arequipa and today is gloriously sunny.  Across the valley are Inca aqueducts and terraces still in use today.  We also went for a walk...

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Sep 13, 2012 - Arequipa

Our hotel, the Hotel Puerto Inka, has only salt water for showers and washing, so none of us opts  for a shower...and I'm glad we brought baby wipes to wash faces.  Breakfast is instant coffee, buns, jam and juice (papaya and pineapple ... excellent).  We are on the road at 7:30 with no planned activities except driving for 7 hours to Arequipa. The road to Arequipa is still the terrain one would imagine on Mars ... rocks, hills and more rocks.  I think a night bus would be a preferred way to do this and not waste a day...

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Aug 27, 2012 - Arequipa - The White City

29hours after leaving home we finally flew into Arequipa -The White city. Nick was shocked to realise that the hundreds of small livestock houses he'd seen on the way in were actually peoples homes. Tumbling down the old fashioned aircraft steps onto a runway marked out for basketball, the quality of the light was astounding. All the colours were brighter, the whites whiter, like an advert for Persil! Looking around us in the sunshine we looked up in awe at the volcano El Misti which towers over the city. Litle did we know that it is almost...

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Jun 1, 2012 - nuns and mummies - 2350m

Arequipa is the second largest city in Peru - not much to look at on the outskirts but the centre - yet another Plaza de Arm as, Cathedral and San Francisco church but also a large Santa Catalina Convent and of course 'Juanita ' the ice maiden - remains of a 13 year old girl found on Mount Ampato - apparently sacrificed. We headed there first and did a guided tour - lots of artifacts including cloth and sandals worn by the Incas and preserved by being in the minus whatever temp of the volcano. Juanita is kept in a -23° glass cabinet and...

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May 25, 2012 - Eating our way around Arequipa

Well, our plan worked. We are now totally relaxed and in full agreement that Peruvian food is fantastic. We took in a free symphony concert at the local theatre, ate dinner at a great little cafe called Nina Yaki, explored the cathedral and some of the old colonial mansions, ate lunch on the lawn of a great restaurant called Sol de Mayo, checked out the views from the Mirador de Yanahuara, bought baby alpaca scarves at an outlet store (where we also got spat at by a mean guanaco, another strange Peruvian animal), had a fabulous Italian meal...

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May 23, 2012 - A relaxing morning then back to Arequipa

We enjoyed a relaxing morning where we made peace with the donkey alarm clock that had been waking us up at 5:00 am. Then we hopped back in the van for the drive back to Arequipa. This is Kevin and Barb's last day with us as they leave for Lima tomorrow morning. We spent the afternoon exploring the amazing Monasterio (which is actually a convent?!). It is like a small walled town in the middle of Arequipa and very picturesque. Then we had a farewell dinner at Chi Cha, one of the many restaurants in Peru owned by chef Gaston Acurio, the most...

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May 20, 2012 - Puno Parades, Alpaca Expressions and Off To Arequipa

After breakfast, we grabbed a taxi into town and found the main plaza full of people waiting for a parade and ceremony (something about celebrating schools and education). We joined the rest of the crowd lining the streets around the plaza and enjoyed the pomp. The kids were hilarious, dressed up in their uniforms and trying be very serious as they marched. Puno isn't the most attractive city but the main square and Cathedral are pretty and there is a nice pedestrian mall with shops, restaurants and coffee shops. We returned to the hotel...

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