Blogs from Arequipa, Peru, South America - page 4


South America » Peru » Arequipa November 26th 2013

First day of the bike tour. As with every day since I got to Arequipa, it was sunny and nearly cloudless, but a bit chilly as I set out at 7 am. I'd checked out the roads and got out of town via the most direct route, but still there were a few very short uphill climbs, the first I'd done with the bike fully loaded. I didn't have to get off and push so that was a good sign. Then it was downhill to the bottom of the Rio Chile, the river that runs through Arequipa. Then the first big uphill, I'd been wondering if I'd push the bike uphill for hours but managed to ride it all. Then a long, long downhill, another long uphill and then an amazing downhill to the sea. A ... read more

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Chivay November 21st 2013

The common denominator is down, way down, hours of just, down. But there were some other similarities... about half way along the Colca trail we started to see a crescent of green oasis at the bottom, and it reminded me of the view of Phantom Ranch as I'd descended the Kaibab Trail. And there were mules on the trail and a fair number of other hikers. The geology did not appear to be as interesting on the Colca, it lacks the layers of colored rocks that make the Grand Canyon so brilliant. Although there was a stunning rock outcrop that reminded me of the devils post-pile. The trail itself was in excellent shape, nicely constructed with lots of switchbacks. Bone dry so the main 'watch out' was slipping on loose grit and gravel, but no wet ... read more
A walk next to the road when the van broke down.

South America » Peru » Arequipa October 31st 2013

Der Tag begann leider wieder nicht besonders gut, ich wachte auf, als mich die Rezeption anrief, dass gerade meine Gruppe abfaehrt und ich den Schluessel nicht mitnehmen soll. Davon war allerdings keine Rede, ich war ja noch im Bett. Jetzt musste es schnell gehen. Duschen, Zaehneputzen und Kaemmen fielen ersatzlos aus, nur Anziehen und meine Besitztuemer in meine Reisetasche werfen (Reisetasch = Plastiktuete). Draussen wartete Kevin schon beim Van und wir fuhren gleich los. Die erste Strecke war naemlich ein Abstecher ins Tal der Colcas = Kondore. Sie haben eine Fluegelspannweite bis zu 3 Meetern und eine weisse Halskrause, gehoeren zur Gruppe der Geier. Gesehen haben wir keine, obwohl wir 2 Stunden gewartet haben. Sie waren wohl heute beim Einkaufen oder hatten ihren freien Tag. Von da ging´s zurueck zum Hotel, wo ich mich auf Berta ... read more

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Arequipa October 27th 2013

I left the Llama Education Spanish School this morning about 9:30 am and started walking. Semi-random walk. I had a rough route in mind. I'd been to the center plaza and wanted to see the neighborhoods around them. I knew the river divided the city and it was pretty steep on either side. I took the first downhill street and just kept going, avoiding big roads and turning onto streets that looked like neighborhoods. I rarely used the map, occasionally checking progress to make sure I wasn't headed in circles. Arequipa has excellent street name signage. At most intersections there are street signs, even the small neighborhoods and most houses have the street name just below the house number. OK... I wrote the above paragraph, which then morphed into a separate blog, "How to Explore a ... read more
Shoelace heaven...
Shoelace vendor

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon September 25th 2013

Greetings one and all, Am currently huddled in a ball under a blanket trying to stay warm at 3830m high Puno. There is a small dogin a blue sweater jumping on my trying to cuddle on my lap. But, I keep turning him away because holy eff balls am I getting nagged on Facebook to write another blog!!! You know who you are...So if this dog freezes, it´s on your conscience. Anyways! Lets go back to warmer times, back in Arequipa where I left off. I took the 14 hour night bus to Arequipa, known as the White City, which just makes me think it is a part of Middle Earth. Arequipa is singifcantly lower than most other major cities in Peru, save for Lima, but it is still surrounded by outdoorsy stuff. Really, lets be ... read more
Guinea pig on a platter!
Arequipa cathedral

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Arequipa September 23rd 2013

Eindelijk tijd voor mijn eerste blog! Het bevalt me hier super, ik heb al heel wat gezien en vooral veel leuke mensen ontmoet. Veel andere reizigers, maar ook veel Peruanen. In het begin was ik een beetje argwanend als ik zomaar werd aangesproken, maar ze blijken gewoon nieuwsgierig. Nu ga ik soms zelfs op een bankje op het Plaza de Armas zitten om spaans te oefenen, succes verzekerd! Op dit moment ben ik in Arequipa, de eerste stad die ik echt leuk vind, dus ik ben er al bijna een week. Ze hebben hier een prachtig koloniaal klooster, de Inca-mummie Juanita en heel veel lekker eten. Nu ben ik eigenlijk vooral van mijn spierpijn aan het herstellen na een trek naar de Colca Canyon. Deze canyon is twee keer zo diep als de Grand Canyon, dus ... read more
Santa Catalina klooster in Arequipa
Islas Ballestas
Colca Canyon

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Arequipa August 30th 2013

Heute in einer Woche bin ich schon am Heimweg. Momentan bin ich in Arequipa und warte auf meinem Bus nach Cabanaconde, der um ein Uhr nachts losfaehrt. In Cabanaconde befindet sich der Colca Canyon, den ich aus Zeitgruenden bei meinem ersten Besuch in Arequipa auslassen musste. Ob ich ein oder zwei Tage bleibe werde ich spontan entscheiden. Danach gehts auf jeden Fall direkt nach Lima. Meine restlichen Tage in La Paz waren ruhig, aber sehr interessant. Ich habe zuerst das Projekt PAV-4-14 besucht, wo eine Tagesbetreuung von Kindern von hilfsbeduerftigen Eltern/alleinerziehenden Muettern/... in El Alto bereitgestellt wird. Aufgrund einer gesetzlichen Aenderung in Bolivien macht das Projekt leider schwierige Zeiten durch. Neben dem Besuch der Betreuungsstation in El Alto und einer Spritztour mit dem Bus, welcher durch Mittel des Vereins "Inti fuer Strassenkinder" unterstuetzt wurde, sta... read more

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Arequipa August 29th 2013

Arrivée dans la ville blanche, sous un ciel bleu, nous permettant de profiter du panorama: des montagnes enneigées se dressent tout autour de la ville. Installés à l'auberge, petite pause au soleil sur la terrasse. Yann s'endort, son ventre s'en souviendra. Le midi, nous allons déjeuner dans une boulangerie dans laquelle nous trouvons de la baguette. Après 2 mois sans vrai pain, ça fait plaisir! Nous faisons ensuite le tour des agences pour réserver le trek de Colca, que nous ferons en 3 jours. 2 mois de voyage, ça se fête; c'est donc dans un petit bar que nous débutons la soirée à l'aide de grands shots de Tequila pour ensuite la poursuivre en boîte. Le lendemain, en sortant de l'auberge, nous tombons sur le défilé de la police nationale qui fête son anniversaire. Tous les ... read more
Sur la terrasse
Début du défilé

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Arequipa August 22nd 2013

So after a 12 hour night bus from Ica we arrived in Arequipa. We travelled VIP with Cruz del sur, and this made the journey very easy. The seats were big leather recliners, with a telly each and steward. Would defiantly recommend. We checked into our accommodation a Casa called Casa de Avila. It was nice all the rooms are round a central garden that has a pet turtle. We chilled out as the night bus had been long. We then explored the town getting some food. Exploring the food market which was interesting, and seeing all the old buildings. Day two was spent relaxing and shopping for winter woollies for our trek which is fast approaching. Day three we awoke early and were collected by our tour guide Olivia, along with 3 other people we ... read more

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Chivay August 15th 2013

15th of August, Day 3: Arequipa to Colca Canyon Chivay I have an apology for some of the odd words that have popped up in the blog - thanks to the predictive text. I also have an addition to make to yesterday's blog. Something I tried to forget. At one point, instead of being in the crowd we ended up on the road as the parade. We got a great reception from the crowd we were walking in front of. Well we thought we did but it was more Liz who was coming down the road behind the rest of us acting like a pork chop and doing a jig. We had an early start and were picked up at about 8:00 am. It took most of the day to travel the 160km from Arequipa to ... read more

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