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South America » Peru » Arequipa » Arequipa November 6th 2018

Another relaxed start to the day, we didn’t go out until 11:00. First stop was the Iglesias de la Compania which is right next to Place de Armas. Fantastic stone carving like many buildings here. Then down the road a bit to the other University-run museum, Museo Arquelogico Jose Maria Morante. This is also a small museum of just 5 rooms but they had amazing mummified bodies all in a sitting foetal position. One was also placed in a reproduced burial chamber so you see how they found them with ceremonial articles. At the third room we asked the lady in the room if she spoke English and she did. We thought she might have been a security person but wasn't wearing a uniform so Daisy asked her a question and she turned out to be ... read more
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South America » Peru » Arequipa » Arequipa November 5th 2018

Up early for our 04:30 transfer to Cusco Airport. It was a little early but it wasn’t far and we got to the airport over two hours before our flight. We had coffee and pastries for breakfast at a little shop after being scared off by the prices at a larger café. The total we paid was just 18 soles compared to that amount for just one sandwich. Flight took off on time and instead of sleeping I was glued to the view I was getting from watching out the window. After initial cloud it was clear most of the way and it was fascinating watching the changing landscape as we crossed the Andes. It was only about 40 minutes in the air. It was a simple matter of paying 30 soles for an official taxi ... read more
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South America » Peru » Arequipa » Arequipa October 3rd 2018

Nach all unseren kalten Nächten rund um Cusco und Puno, eingepackt in Wollsocken, Strumpfhosen, Schals und Hauben, freuten wir uns schon sehr auf Arequipa: Der Wetterbericht versprach wärmeres Klima, außerdem liegt Arequipa ja auf “nur” 2.300 Höhenmetern. Mit dem Bus ging es erstmal sechseinhalb Stunden in Richtung Westen, diesmal unter Tags mit herrlichen Ausblicken über die Landschaft. Aus den grün-grau-braunen Bergen fuhren wir in die karge Wüste. Ein Szenario wie wir es nur aus Hollywood-Filmen kennen. So luxuriös wie mit der Buscompany Sur del Cruz bin ich allerdings noch selten gereist: Mit breiten Ledersitzen, Kuscheldecken, Entertainment-Screens, Check-In mit Gepäckaufgabe, mehrfachen Security Checks, Mittagessen, Kaffee... So lässt sich eine lange Überlandfahrt gut aushalten. In Arequipa angekommen, haben wir uns sehr über die Essensvielfalt einer Großstad... read more
Wiedervereint in Arequipa
Kuscheln mit Alpacas
Mittagessen in der Wüste

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Arequipa August 13th 2018

After a long day we arrived in Puno just before sunset. The city lies at an altitude of 3800m at the shores of Titicaca Lake and has around 150 000 inhabitants. The Titicaca Lake is the only reason why I visited Puno. The city itself doesn't offer that much to visitors and I wouldn't say it's a pretty city, but the highest commercially navigable lake in the world is what attracts visitors! The Titicaca Lake covers an area of 8372 square kilometres, bordering both Perú and Bolivia. The next day we took a tour over the lake; we departed early and it was still pretty cold! We left Puno's harbour by boat and made our first stop at one of the many floating islands on the lake. The Uros indians live here and on the island ... read more
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Huacachina

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Arequipa June 15th 2018

Arequipa: The White City (11/06/2018-15/06/2018) Baby Alpaca or Maybe Alpaca? Maybe you've been wondering... "Amy you're in Peru, where the heck are all the llamas and alpacas at?" Well.. you're in for a treat, my lovely blog readers! This blog will contains plenty of them! Yay! Seeing them.. cuddling them.. and erm, eating them! Arequipa, with it's impressive chalky white buildings built from volcanic rock; is known as the White City and is the prettiest of Peru's cities. The city is surrounded by three gorgeous snow-capped volcanos - El Misti (5,822m), Chachani (6,075m) and Pichu Pichu (5,664m), and is not short of fun and interesting things to see and do. Colca Canyon Colca Canyon, the World’s second deepest canyon (the first is also in Peru) and twice as deep as the Grand Canyon is an impressive ... read more
Baby Alpaca Cuddles
Alpaca Steak
Spotting Endangered Andean Condors

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Arequipa March 31st 2017

Suzanne here... More lovely scenery made the five hour journey from Cabanaconde pass quickly, and we saw loads of wild vicunas (much like llamas). However as we neared Ariquipa the landscape changed. Suddenly everything was more built-up and industrial. I could quite easily have fled back to Colca. We arrived at Terminal Terrestre, inconveniently out of town. But at least it meant we could buy our onward bus tickets to Puno. Once this was achieved we agreed a price of 10 soles with a taxi driver (the colectivos all looked rammed) and despite the terrible traffic we were soon at our hotel. Hotel Bubamara was a plain, locked door with a small sign to indicate we were in the right place. We rang the bell and were welcomed inside. It was actually much roomier than we ... read more
Plaza de Armas by day
Plaza de Armas by day
Church by Plaza de Armas

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Arequipa February 28th 2017

Feb. 24th, arrived in Ica around 7pm and jumped in a tuktuk to Huacachina. It was about a 10 minute ride and pretty dark. I stayed at a hostel with a pool and also a very good bathroom. At sunrise I took a walk around the lake or pond really. The town is surrounded by huge sand dunes. Its like a movie set or something. It was hot and explored the tiny town. Took a sand dune buggy trip at sundown. There was some romping around and we hit jumps in the buggy I was pretty scared, and thinking about how my friends husband Jens had almost died doing this and what the hell was I thinking. Then we stopped to ride snowboards down some big dunes.I did the first set but skipped the second set ... read more
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South America » Peru » Arequipa » Arequipa February 6th 2017

South America Jan 2017 to March 2017 Blog 1- 27th Jan was a very long day of travel. We left Canberra and 32 hours later having stopped in Auckland and Santiago we finally landed in Lima, the capital of Peru. What an unusual city. It is right on the coast but is a desert. The clouds come in off the Pacific Ocean and don’t rise until they have passed well over Lima and meet the massive Andes Mountains. Flying in we were amazed to see Lima was a city in the sand dunes with a narrow of strip of irrigated agricultural land. The soil is clay and has been dug for thousands of years to build pyramids by the Incas along with the modern day box style houses. Oh the dust for those who live in ... read more
Huaca Pucllana Pyramid right in the Lima City Centre
The beautiful San Martin Square with its bronze sculpture of Gen San Martin
Changing of the Guard Ceremony Lima Palace - not quite like Buckingham Palace

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Arequipa January 6th 2017

Hits everyone! Sorry it's been a while but he internet hasn't been all that fab. So after we last touched base we went sand boarding in the dessert! What a laugh that was. Sand everywhere!!!!! We also got chance to stop off at a few other places of historical significance to the incas and we're really starting to get a feel for the place. After that we got footed it onto the night bus to get us to Aeroquipa in the morning. It actually wasn't as bad as I thought it would be and slept the whole way! Once in Aeroqipa the day was ours to explore. We went to the maker and brought loads of different fruits to try (they were mostly delicious) aaaannnnnddd I got myself some walking boots for An absolute bargain!! You ... read more

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Arequipa November 18th 2016

Arequipa is a beautiful city built in volcanic rocks. I just walked around to admire the beautiful architecture with mountainous backgrounds that looked like paintings, really did not look real! There is a very high volcano called Misti that is also visible from the city, it goes as high as 6500m at least so I did not hike that, I have reached my limit hehe. The only museum I did was one that shows how the llama wool is extracted, sorted and turned into jumpers, it was basic but interesting. This stop was mainly a resting time before reaching Chile. (where I am writing from already)... read more
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