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April 4th 2008
Published: April 5th 2008
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the Cathedral at nightthe Cathedral at nightthe Cathedral at night

Cathedral at the Plaza de Armas. The panoramic is of the same Cathedral, but I can't put any comments with the panoramic for some reason.
Locals sometimes say ´when the moon separated from the earth, it forgot to take Arequipa.´

This beautiful city has grand colonial buildings, built from a light-coloured volcanic rock called sillar that is simply stunning. The modern city of Arequipa was founded on 15 August 1540, by Garcí Manuel de Carbajal, an emissary of Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro. Today, Arequipa is the 2nd largest city in Peru with a population of approximately 750,000.

Throughout history Arequipa remained relatively isolated during colonial and early republican times, but that changed in 1870 when a Southern railroad to the coastal port of Mollendo was inaugurated, opening trade via the Pacific Ocean. The building and expansion of more roads in the 1930s also led to a direct connection with the Pan-American Highway, strengthening Arequipa's links to the rest of the Americas. Since then, the city has remained the center of commerce between Lima and all of Southern Peru.

The city of Arequipa served as a bastion of nationalism during Peru's struggle for independence from Spain in the early 19th century. Later, it served as a rallying point during the War of the Pacific (1879 - 1883) with Chile.

The city has 2 principal universities (the Universidad Nacional de San Agustín de Arequipa, the local state university (founded 1828), and the Universidad Católica de Santa María (founded in 1961)), a private institution.

Perhaps as a result of the high student population, Arequipa has a booming nightlife and live music scene. All of this is within 2 blocks of where I´m staying at the Hostal Reyna, a somewhat quiet place with excellent views of the monestary and the mountains from right outside my rooftop room.

The Plaza de Armas and the Monasterio Santa Catalina are wonderful places to visit (and very photogenic). Additionally, the local restaurants are very stylish yet quite inexpensive. All in all, I really like this place.


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the marketthe market
the market

the local market, not the tourist one
a spire of the cathedrala spire of the cathedral
a spire of the cathedral

taken from my hotel balcony
flowers at the marketflowers at the market
flowers at the market

the local market, not the tourist one
inside the Monasterio Santa Catalinainside the Monasterio Santa Catalina
inside the Monasterio Santa Catalina

this place occupies a whole block and is contained within imposing high walls. It was founded in 1580 by a wealthy widow who chose her nuns from the richest Spanish families. The complex remained shrouded in mystery until it was forced open to the public in 1970.
inside the Monasterio Santa Catalinainside the Monasterio Santa Catalina
inside the Monasterio Santa Catalina

one of many courtyards within the convent
El MistiEl Misti
El Misti

through the Mirador in Yanahuara
Iglesia San Juan BatistaIglesia San Juan Batista
Iglesia San Juan Batista

in the small suburb of Yanahuara
Iglesia San Juan BatistaIglesia San Juan Batista
Iglesia San Juan Batista

inside, there was a wedding taking place
feeding the pigeonsfeeding the pigeons
feeding the pigeons

this cute little girl was having a great time feeding the pigeons in the Plaza de Armas


7th April 2008

Hockey Updates?
Hey G, do they have NHL updates in Peru? Your beloved Senators squeaked into the playoffs. 7th place... playing Pittsburgh. As for your trip... awesome photos. Hope you're still having a great time.
9th April 2008

Hockey updates
Well, there weren't any NHL highlights on the evening news ... but, the internet being everwhere I was able to keep track of the stumbling sens backing their way into the post-season. Now that I'm back (and heading to either game 3 or 4 vs Pitts) they'll hopefully put it all back together and make a run.
24th July 2009

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