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Mar 29, 2005 - Arequipa

Today is a busy day. The expedition leader is sick (sick and the shits) so looks like I'm leading our 3 day trek (with 16 students) into the remote Colca Canyon on my own. Actually, there's a local guide, so no worries. Lots of prep to do though and leaving 6am tomorrow by bus to the trek start point, so not much time. It's a hardcore trek, three days long, into the base of the canyon, then back out. Should get some great piccies. Arequipa is lovely, set at base of El Misti snow-topped perfect cone volcano, quite high (over 2,500m) but more...

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Mar 28, 2005 - La Paz - Copacabana - Puno - Arequipa

Liebe Freunde, Zuerst mal noch Frohe Ostern im Nachhinein. Mir war es relativ lange nicht bewusst, dass bald Ostern ist. Doch in Copacabana am Titicacasee wurde es mir dann auf eigenartige Art und Weise in Erinnerung gerufen. Dort angekommen und in einem netten kleinen Hostal untergebracht, erkundete ich erstmal die Umgebung. Ein nettes kleines Staedchen am Titicacasee welches trotz viel Tourismus seinen Reiz relativ gut aufrechterhalten hat. Am naechsten Tag traf ich auch prompt wieder mal auf alte Bekannte. Christof und Maja aus der...

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Mar 23, 2005 - The Colca Canyon

I arrived in Arequipa from Puno at around three in the morning and fortunately had reserved a room at a rather nice hostal with a rooftop terrace (much like the hotel we stayed in in Essaouira), which seemed very nice at the time (I have sinced moved as the people who run it are kind of pissy). After waking I spent the day exploring the colonial city of Arequipa, with its many churches and mansions, as well as investigating quotes from various trekking organisations for the Colca Canyon. In the afternoon I visited the world-famous Santa...

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Mar 10, 2005 - Arequipa

Arequipa Arequipa is located at a height of 2325 m in the Desert Mountains of the Andes. This beautiful city is practically totally built out of sillar, a kind of white volcanic stone. This is why Arequipa is called the white city. Arequipa is the second biggest city of Peru with one million inhabitant Legend and origin of the name: Long ago the Aymara Indians founded on this place a settlement. In their language, "Aymara", stands "ARI" for "summit" and "QUIPA" for "laying behind". Indeed, the majestic volcano "el Misti" is seen out of...

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Feb 28, 2005 - Colca Canyon trek.

I booked the trip with the person who ran my hotel there as he also worked in a travel agency, it was to be a 3 day trek starting by being picked up at the hotel at 6am and going by "Private Transport" to Cabanaconde at the top of the Colca Canyon. I was a bit aprehensive when I had to wake them up at 6am and he hailed a taxi outside the hotel. We jumped in the cab, dashed acros town and picked up Jan (Yan, german male) at a street corner then went off to the bus station. He then gave us an envelope told us to give it to Marcus the guide at...

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Feb 26, 2005 - Mollendo and Mejia

From Arequipa, Mollendo is a 1.5 hour bus ride towards the coast. Mike hardlt enjoyed the ride through the desert, espaecially during the hottest part of the day, but it went by rather quickly, so no big deal! We were a little disappointed when we first got there, because it took us a while to find a place to crash, due to the influx of Arequipeños for the weekend, but our taxi driver was great and drove around forever looking for a placet o say. We finally found a really nice hotel, but it was pretty expenive. Fortunately, the woman gave...

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Feb 25, 2005 - Arequipa A.K.A. "The White City"

When we quickly passed through Arequipa the first time, we really enjoyed it, so we decided that it would be a great place to celebrate Mikes birthday on February 14. So, immediately after island hopping, we got on a bus to Arequipa. Id have to say that my favorite part about the bus trips around Arequipa and Puno were the llamas and alpacas, god are they ever cute! Unfortunately, Mike wasnt feeling very well that night and we ended up going home pretty early. I had had more to drink than him and it was definitly obvious-Im sure he wasnt...

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Feb 25, 2005 - Arequipa

Nice city with great mountain and volcano views. Had to do the 3 day trek into the Colca Canyon, at 3km deep the second deepest in the world, the deepest is just up the road but as there is no road it's not such a tourist attraction. Actually I think Arequipa, jealous of Cusco's big tourist pull, has invented it's own tourist attractions, the canyon is very beautiful but I'm not sure it is actually a canyon, just a deep valley and as there are deeper valleys in the world that wouldn't draw the tourist dollar in as much. Passed on climbing...

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Feb 22, 2005 - Arequipa, PERU

AREQUIPA This was a cool city which we enjoyed chilling out in, watching films on cable (for the first time in weeks) and sampling Coca Tea .. which is drank at high altitude to help you acclimatise.. even though the locals chew the leaves all year!! We had a lot of fun at a little place that had Internet access, 3 course meals for 1.50p, coca tea for 50p and cocktails for about 1 pound so spent quite a few hours in there giggling away.. (not sure if it was the coca tea, alcohol or the bargain food!) Arequipà is about 12 km away from the...

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Feb 8, 2005 - The Worst Tour Ever, Colca Canyon, Peru

The Colca Canyon is the deepest canyon in the world and is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. Despite the spectacular scenery, our tour was the worst we had ever been on. Our tour with "Wasi Tours" was to include 3 days and 2 nights. At dinner on the first day our chicken was cold and pink and the live Peruvian music was unbearable. Our hotel room was very smelly (like rotten eggs) and the bathroom stunk so bad that we used the outside bathroom down the hall. And if you read the Carnaval post, loud marching bands toured the street...

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Feb 7, 2005 - Arequipa

Von Cusco bin ich am 7. Februar wieder suedlich nach Arequipa geflogen. Die Gegend wurde von allen Reiseagenturen empfohlen und da ich genuegend Zeit bis zu meinem Weiterflug von Lima nach Quito hatte entschloss ich mich, diesen Umweg zu machen. Arequipa ist eine recht schoene Stadt mit starkem spanischen Einfluss (wie fast ueberall in Peru). Die Hauptplaetze sehen eigentlich immer gleich aus und werden durch grosse Kirchen und Parlamentsgebaeude beherrscht. Es ist ein Treffpunkt, wo es immer viele Leute hat und wo es eine Menge zu sehen...

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Feb 5, 2005 - When Carnaval meets a wet t-shirt contest

Arrequipa was a sleepy little town when I rolled in here this morning. Perhaps it had something to do with it being 6am on a Saturday and all, but everything would change very quickly. Last night was easily my least favorite bus ride thus far...my chair wouldn't recline and the chair in front went back extra far. Well, I'm tall and the combination previously described sucks for people like me. A lot! So, I slept not a wink and can be a bit crabby at times like that, but I nonetheless humped my pack around town in search of suitable lodging...

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