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Jun 8, 2013 - Pub Crawl

What's the nightlife like in Arequipa? Avenida San Francisco is packed with bars and restaurants. Many of the hostels have bars on the premises also. We spent Saturday night enjoying some of them including Wild Rover Irish Hostel, Frog's, a nameless pub complete with Che Guevara, and Bothy Hostel where a birthday party was in full swing.

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Jun 6, 2013 - Arequipa City Bus Tour

Today we spent S/.35 for a 4-hour bus trip around the city and countryside. We learned about the baby alpaca textile industry, visit a scenic lookout with the best views of the snow-capped peaks of El Misti, and drove out to the oldest grain mill in Peru, El Molino de Sabandia in Paucarpata, built in 1785. We met Kathy Lane of Chico CA on the bus and invited her to have dinner with us after the tour.

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Jun 5, 2013 - Cayma Neighborhood

Joseph Wilkes took us to Las Islitas for another round of cebiche. Then we explored the other side of the river in the Cayma area and visited an upscale supermarket and shopping mall. We stopped for pisco drinks at El Ekeko named after the Andean god of good luck and fortune. Here's hoping our offering of a cigarette for him does the trick. www.elekeko.pe

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Jun 4, 2013 - Convent of Santa Catalina

At sunset, we visited the Convent of Santa Catalina by candlelight. The guidebook reads: Founded in 1547 this convent allows visitors to wander the old apartments, kitchens, common areas and chapels of the well-to-do girls who were educated at the convent and spent their lives cloistered on this site. The convent is a city within a city with streets of apartments in a walled community that during colonial times were the refuge of female nobility who had decided to shut themselves away from the world and dedicate themselves entirely to...

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Jun 3, 2013 - Princess Juanita

We visited Santuarios Andinos Museum where we viewed the Indian princess Juanita. The tour began a video of the 1995 National Geographic expedition to Mount Ampato, part of the Andes Cordillera in southern Peru, by anthropologist Johan Reinhard and his Peruvian climbing partner, Miguel Zarate. At nearly 20,000 feet above sea level, Reinhard and Zárate found a bundle inside Ampato's crater on September 8, 1995. To their astonishment, the bundle turned out to contain a remarkably well-preserved body of a young Inca girl. Juanita is the...

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Jun 2, 2013 - Sunday in Arequipa

Today we didn't have any plans for sightseeing so we took off to explore San Camilo City Market, where the locals shop. Here we saw frogs in a pan and a bowl of their legs which would be made into a soup with all sorts of curative claims. We also made sure to sample the local frozen treat, queso helado, a sherbet or custard of milk, sugar, cinnamon, and coconut.

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Jun 1, 2013 - Lunch with Joseph Wilkes

Joseph Wilkes and I met in 2010 in Cuenca, Ecuador. Joseph moved to Arequipa in 2011 and the two of us kept in touch. Today he will show us around the city like only a resident can. I hope he can tell us something about the expatriate community in Arequipa. This is an attractive city in the shadow of the snow-capped El Misti volcano, 17,000 feet above sea level which can be seen from everywhere in town along its sister peak Pichu Pichu. Joseph kindly treated us to the Chi Cha Restaurant owned by Gaston Acurio, the chef who is known for...

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May 31, 2013 - Arequipa the White City

Arrived at the bus station at 5:15 AM seeking a taxi to take us to Los Andes B & B three hours before the hotel even opened. They kindly admitted us and showed us to a room. We were asleep by 6 AM. At noon we came to life and started our tour of Arequipa. New territory and lots more shopping. Los Andes Bed & Breakfast S/.70 per night, breakfast included.

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Mar 7, 2013 - Day two in Peru

Hello everyone, Today I went to Arequipa and it is pretty cold here. After breakfast, very early in the morning, I drove to the Condor's Cross, natural observation point from where the magnitude of the Colca Canyon and the spectacular flight of the majestic condor is appreciated.For lunch I had Escribano it was potato salad with rocoto, vinegar, olive oil, tomato, and parsley. It was the best thing I have ever tasted in my entire life. Did you know Colca Canyon is the second deepest canyons on earth? Arequipa was so much fun and so...

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Mar 6, 2013 - Colca Canyon and Shivay

This is the first time where we actually did not organize a trip ourselves, but rather bought a two day package to see Colca Canyon and Shivay. There was just too many places to see, too many stops and the price was right. We found out that sometimes it just takes too much time to organize trips ourselves and chances are that you are missing out on some fantastic spots. A number of people we met complained that Peru has gotten too commercial. For the most part these were people who visited the country 10 or 15 years ago. We did not object...

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Andie Mini Trip 2012

Mar 5, 2013 - Day 2 in Peru

Hi everyone! I'm in Arequipa! I can't believe how exhausted I was! First I went on a trip to the Colca Canyon, visiting on the way Pampas Cañahuas, the Mirador of the Andes, the crater of Chucura, the Mirador of Chivay, where pre-inca andens may be appreciated. At the town of Yanque, I visited its beautiful church. It was majestic! I was starving after that! I had Chupe de camarones for lunch! I visited the Santa Catalina Monastery! People would have t re-build it over and over again from earthquakes! I visited the Mirador of Chinina where...

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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

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