taken from the second level of our fancy bus to Arequipa from Puno
Hola! We sped out of Puno faster than the Millenium Falcon and headed to the city of Arequipa. The city has a lot of old Spanish colonial buildings and is situated in the shadow of three mighty volcanoes. We also dropped a couple of kilometres in elevation so theres no need to chew on the controversial leaf of the Erythroxylum coca or to drink coca tea. The cocaine plant has a lot of medicinal qualities to it, easing the strain of altitude sickness is one of them. One of the highlights was a visit to the Santa Catalina Convent, a Spanish-built building dating back to the 1500s. Hasta Pronto. T and D
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in the Monastery in ArequipaThe nuns here have been using the Monastery since the 1500s. There are a few left and they live in a smaller area where they are not seen during tourists visits to this city within a city.
Volcan Chachanior the Chachani Volcano - one of 3 of Arequipa´s volcanoes sitting at 6075 meters high.
El Misti VolcanoThis is where archeologists found the "ice princess", an Incan princess who was sacrificed on its 5822 metre summit in the times of the Inca people. It was so cold up there that her body was well preserved. They continue to learn more about "Juanita" each year as she visits laboratories 4 months per year then goes on exhibit for the remainder of the year.
Fountain at the PlazaDave´s fancy camera work using slow shutter speed. This guy actually stayed still for the duration of the photo taking which was about 7 seconds. Fluke!
Blowing bubblesat the Plaza de Armas in Arequipa (also known as the Plaza de "no gracias" due to the many people selling us things). The temperature was feeling close to 35 C and this is all we did for the afternoon.