Wednesday..............tour of Arequipa

Arequipa Travel Blog

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View from my bedroom door

Have a nice sleep in, shower and get to breakfast by 10.  I only want coffee, my weak aqua sucia (hola Lau).  Finish yesterday’s blog.  Talk to the manager about a possible bus tour of the city this afternoon.  He recommends it and I go down and book with Sandra at reception.  www.bustour.com.pe city and country, full loop, 4 hours, NS35, AUD13, plus I will pay optional entrance fees for two places if I want to enter, total additional NS15, AUD5.50.  I am going to Colca Canyon tomorrow and would prefer not to have to shift my belongings for one night.  Sandra thinks it will be ok if I pay half the room cost, NS25, AUD9.  Definitely worth saving the hassle of having to pack everything up into my suitcase

 

Catch a taxi into town, ask the cost first, NS2.

View to the left
  It’s a good idea to ask first.  Buy a hamburger and bottle of water, NS7.5, AUD2.75.  Pretty terrible burger, doesn’t seem to have any meat in it.  Then the bus tour starts.  It is interesting, particularly visiting the home of the first founder of Arequipa and a water mill where grain was ground.  The former has been largely restored as the Chileans ransacked the place during the Pacific War.  I sit in the upper floor of the double decker.  There aren’t many tourists; no doubt many are in Cusco for Inti Raymi.

 

Just before I leave the bus I am given a flyer with information on a place called Patio del Ekeko, called the Tourist Shopping Centre of Arequipa.

Plaza de Armas. Fountain dates from around 1730.
  It has a picture of a lovely, thick steak on the front.  As it’s only ½ block from the main plaza, I decide to investigate.  Yes, it’s for tourists.  Very expensive but lovely stuff, four or five levels.  I go to the restaurant and order a steak, the most tender, without salt or pepper.  When the steak comes, it is excellent, except that it has pepper on it.  I start to scrape the pepper off.  The waiter rushes up, he’s just realized, and apologizes, taking the plate away.  The same steak is returned a few minutes later, rather colder, with cold vegetables by now.  They’ve just scraped the condiments off, along with some of the juices.  It’s a nice steak, but not as nice as it might have been.  I order the dessert, Ekeko torte, or some similar name.  Turns out to be a very nice carrot cake.  Catch a cab back to the hotel.  Have a shower; not always hot, and an early night.

 

Today's trivia.  As you've probably noticed, most houses don't have gardens.  So where do Peruanos keep their dogs if they're not on the streets?  On the roof of course.  Most houses have flat roofs and as we drive by on the double decker bus, the dogs have great fun barking at us.

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View from my bedroom door
View from my bedroom door
View to the left
View to the left
Plaza de Armas.  Fountain dates fr…
Plaza de Armas. Fountain dates f…
Plaza de Armas.  Children feeding …
Plaza de Armas. Children feeding…
Plaza de Armas.  Eating areas up t…
Plaza de Armas. Eating areas up …
Plaza de Armas
Plaza de Armas
Guinea pigs - dinner for Peruanos,…
Guinea pigs - dinner for Peruanos…
View from Mirador de Carmen Alto
View from Mirador de Carmen Alto
Bagging potatoes
Bagging potatoes
Plaza de Yanahuara
Plaza de Yanahuara
Iglesia de Yanahuara
Iglesia de Yanahuara
Typical housing, Arequipa
Typical housing, Arequipa
Mansion del Fundador
Mansion del Fundador
Mansion del Fundador
Mansion del Fundador
Mansion del Fundador.  Original pa…
Mansion del Fundador. Original p…
Mansion del Fundador.  Note beauti…
Mansion del Fundador. Note beaut…
Mansion del Fundador, kitchen
Mansion del Fundador, kitchen
Mansion del Fundador, central cour…
Mansion del Fundador, central cou…
Arequipa, Atacama desert in backgr…
Arequipa, Atacama desert in backg…
Horses for Judy
Horses for Judy
Molino(Mill) de Sabandia.
Molino(Mill) de Sabandia.
Molino de Sabandia
Molino de Sabandia
Arequipa
photo by: halilee