Blogs from Arequipa, Peru, South America - page 5


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

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Arequipa August 14th 2013

14 Aug Day 2: City of Arequipa Things were decidedly cool at the breakfast table this morning between Pen and Koala. We went to catch the bus for our four hour tour and found the square blocked off. Three got through the barriers and two didn't. More of that later. The square was blocked off for practice for tomorrow's celebrations for Arequipa Day (foundation day in 1541 - about 472 years). Well we think it was practice. The reason we are in doubt is because the Present of Peru turned up today (Don managed to get a photo) but unfortunately not while I was there because Liz, Garry and I literally had front row seats. Did I mention that the practice was by the Military - Army, Navy and Airforce. The uniforms here are quite spectacular. ... read more
One of the Peaks of Chachani
One example of the uniforms
Airforce and Navy together

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Arequipa August 13th 2013

13 Aug Day 1: Lima to Arequipa Well where do I start? It seems everyone had much of a normal night of sleep. I woke up during the and couldn't get back to sleep for some time - not that that is normal. Everyone was up and about early with breakfast at 8:00am. All except for pen that is. He was quite ill after last night so back to cargo for him. He was warned so no sympathy. Our transport arrived just before 9:30am to take us to the airport for our flight to Arequipa (the QU is pronounced K). It was Jorge again. Nice bloke but doesn't say much. Probably just thinks "bloody" tourists. The ride back to the airport was again interesting but we were able to see the perils in the daylight. However, ... read more
Run Green Man Run
Peru Airlines
Between Lima and Arequipa

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Chivay August 7th 2013

Me voila a present au sud du Perou, dans la ville d'Arequipa. Je decouvre avec surprise le soleil permanent et des nuits a peine fraiches. Cela change de la Cordillere des Andes! En me baladant, j'ai decouvert cette jolie ville coloniale, dont le centre ville fut entierement construit par les espagnols. J'y decouvre de belles faÇades blanches munies de balcons qui longent les maisons, et surtout la place centrale, qui se nomme la "place des Armes". A la tombee de la nuit cette place est magnifique. On peut voir clairement 3 volcans en arriere plan, ainsi que sa cathedrale joliment illumine le soir. La fontaine d'eau et la foule peruvienne qui s'agite sur cette place donne a cette place beaucoup de vie. J'ai beaucoup aime me balade autour de cette place le soir pour chercher avec ... read more
Petit village de Catahuasi
Petit village de Catahuasi
Canyon de Catahuasi

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

The journey from Nasca to Arequipa was a 9 hour night bus, very comfortable seating but such a winding road that we couldn´t sleep. We arrived at 7.30am went straight for breakfast before checking into our hostel. Arequipa is a lovely city, over 800,000 people making this the second largest in Peru, it still has a small feel to it. A lovely main plaza filled with trees surrounded by the Cathedral and colonial buildings fronted by arched walkways, it has a nice atmosphere and feels safe. Surrounded by Volcanoes it also has some lovely views around the city. There is a wonderful monestery, Santa Catolina, not far from the plaza. For over 400 years it has housed nuns and still does today. We did a night time visit as they light the old nuns cells and ... read more
More volcanoes in the distance
Santa Catolina Monestary
Condor in Colca Canyon

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon July 10th 2013

Arriving in Arequipa just as the sun rose on a Monday morning, we got a cab to our hostel and after waking up the owners, we luckily had our room available where we could have a hot shower and pass out for the rest of the morning. As you don't sleep much on the long bus rides here, it feels like mild jetlag the day you arrive somewhere and inevitably means that a good part of the day is lost. Stumbling out of the hostel sometime after lunch we were greeted by a bustling city, heavily influenced by Spanish Architecture with a lot of the main monuments being made out of the white basalt rock that was mined from the 3 huge Volcanoes that tower over the city nearly 4000m above us. At 6057m Chachani is ... read more
View over Arequipa to the Pikchu Pikchu Range
Condor at Cruz del Condor
Juvenile Condor at Cruz del Condor

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Arequipa May 19th 2013

Firstly, thank you for all the contributions to my Free Belinda fund!! If someone could just let work know it'll be 2014 before I head back that would be super! Please don't stop the donations though, happy to never return to work, or maybe remote login?? Ok, ok, no more boring work talk! This last week has been busy as usual! When I last wrote I'd just arrived in La Paz ( world's highest airport, thank you for reminding me Rick) Highlights!! Survived the worlds most dangerous road on a push bike! 6 hours, a drop in altitude of 3,500 metres and 63kms with my hands squeezed on the brakes! No pedalling required! Found a few spells at the witches market which I know will totally change my life! Wish I had invested in ear plugs ... read more
isle del sole
Special altitude tea
Where the condors fly

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon May 3rd 2013

6 hours of busing took us from Puno to Arequipa, surrounded by a handful of volcanoes and double that in mountains. Arequipa is nicknamed the white city because of its unique brickwork made of the volcano deposits. But less of the facts and more about what we have been up to! We'd made no plans for our first day in the town, simply to get there, find some accommodation, buy some food, eat and have a drink. The hostal that we got was one of the cheapest in Areqipa, £7 for a double room, looking out onto the main road and with a bed fit for a jail cell. Safe to say it wasn't the Ritz. On the food front though things were looking up, we found the supermarket and grabbed a load of food for ... read more

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