The City

Arequipa Travel Blog

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It was another early morning arrival as we took the 633 mile journey from cusco to the city of Arequipa. The city was 2,335 meters above sea level so we had come down from altitude. After arriving it was a short cab ride into the city to find somewhere to stay. ONce checked into a nice little place just away from the central square we caught up with a bit of sleep. IN the afternoon we explored the beautifull colonial city. Arequipa was blessed with fantsatic temples, palaces and large grand houses. Its centre piece was the plaza de armas, the central square with a waterfull in the middle and surrounding by a huge church one side then shops and eatiries the other side. Arequipa I remember being one of the prettiest citys we visited. Although a beutifull city this was not our main reason for the trip to Arequipa. This was the hub for trips out to the nearby Colca Cannyon the 2nd deepset in the world. IN the afternoon after exploring the main area of the city we booked a toue for the next day to the colca canyon. A 2 day 1 night tour that woiuld take us to the town of Chivay the first day then to see the Colca Canyon after a night staying in Chivay. After an evening meal of chicken and chips our most frequent meal in Peru because mainly as it was cheap we hit the sack. 
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