Off to the White City: Arequipa!
Arequipa Travel Blog› entry 4 of 13 › view all entries
February 23rd, 2008 – by: superpouf
We woke up today around 7:30 or 8:00 am and had breakfast at El Tambo. I finally had some huevos! YUM! Our taxi arrived at 8:30am but we were running behind and didn't leave until about 8:40. We were a bit rushed. I thought they were going to have plastic bags for our strappy backpacks, but they didn't! (They did have machines that you could pay to put plastic wrap all over the bag!) Everything worked out fine. Our flight was supposed to leave at 10:25am but didn't depart until 10:55. The flight was very short and we arrived in Arequipa about noon.
The nice thing about the hostel we're staying at here is they pick you up at the airport! The Arequipa airport was incredibly small.
We started walking, yet we stopped constantly to take photos or wait for Chris. It got kind of frustrating when we didn't make much progress. Many people came up to Chris and I to say to put away our camera because they will be stolen. I'm not sure if crime is big here, but we did not have any problems. After at least an hour we arrived at the market which was very colorful, big, and full of scents! After all this wandering, Gloria and I were hungry for dinner. Chris wasn't hungry because he had two empanadas, a potato thing, and had devoured a large mango at the Plaza! We wanted traditional food, so Rafael took us to a place called Antojitos de Arequipa.
After eating we decided to go back to the hostel, but before that I wanted to buy a mango! I got two and then we hailed a cab and gave him the hostel address. We started driving along and the driver seemed confused. Both Chris and Rafael were trying to help and we even gave the driver a MAP of the hostel and surrounding roads. The driver eventually stopped and got out to ask someone else for directions! What kind of cab driver doesn't know the city?! :-} HA! I was laughing hysterically! The driver came back and we went down a few more roads and eventually got to the Back side of Queen's Villa! What?! We told him it was close enough and got out.
I forgot to mention earlier when we were at the Plaza de Armas �" Chris wanted one of his mangos and I offered my pocket knife. He's a bit of a clean-freak/germophob so he had to wash the mango with bottled water and clean the knife, etc. Then he began eating like a cave man, dripping juices all over!! :) When he was done we went to a pretty church on the corner nearby.
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