Tuesday..........Arrival in Arequipa
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Farewelled the others around 8:30 and then packed my bag and tidied up. Today is Inti Raymi and they are going to the Plaza to see the celebrations. Although I’ve bought next to nothing, my suitcase is very heavy. I also have pack the splint, just in case I need it. Fortunately I can always find someone to do the heavy work for me. Roy has decided that he would like to take me to the airport, which is very kind of him and saves me the hassles of an unknown taxi driver. I check in at LAN and the Qantas Club/FF number is printed on the ticket, so I get my window seat. I then have to go to another point and pay USD4.28 tax. I farewell Roy, who gives me his email address. I have got on very well with Gloria and Roy; we are the same generation.
We leave at around 2:30.
We arrive at Casa de Avila, Av. San Martin 116, Vallecito, Arequipa. Telephone (54) 21377, AH (54) 223141 www.casadeavila.com Pick up from airport and 5 nights accommodation (includes single room with ensuite and wifi, basic breakfast) USD90. Tour to Colca Canyon 26/27 June, including 1 night’s accommodation USD35.
I have some difficulty connecting to the wifi, as I have to change the IP addresses and DNS, rather than just put in a password.
I decide to go into the Plaza de Armas (main square) and a taxi costs NS2.5, AUD0.90. I don’t want to walk in this area after dark; there aren’t many people around. I’m also told not to go to a particular area and only to catch certain taxis. I know that there have been attacks recently, particularly on women, in Arequipa. I get out at the Plaza, there are plenty of people and also a conspicuous police presence. Arequipa has been considered a safe city; not sure whether they’ve just had recent problems. Anyway I don’t intend doing anything stupid.
I know why people think that Arequipa is a very attractive city; the Plaza is beautiful, with definite similarities to the Plaza at Cusco.
When I go to catch a taxi, I ask how much it costs to go to the Casa de Avila, but the taxi drivers don’t know where it is. Eventually I catch a taxi and he asks for the directions on the radio; it’s not very far. The building is old, but perhaps it’s changed its name recently.
It’s lovely to be in a room that isn’t cold, although there’s no heating. I even have cable again.