Conference in Arequipa
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April 16th, 2010 – by: tirsomaldonado
All members of the audience were very participative and very receptive at all times. They stayed from 9am to 9pm with no interruptions with the exception of a coffee break and 1-½ hours to have lunch. It is quite difficult to maintain attention during such a long time, but the audience helped a lot. In the audience we had tour operators, travel agencies, hotels, restaurants and members of the tourism public administration. Everyone was so eager to learn new stuff that made Jimmy and I be very enthusiastic at all times.
Four hours away from Arequipa you find one of the biggest canyons in the world named Colca Canyon. We wanted to go and visit it, but we had no chance, our plane was leaving tomorrow at 5pm, and the place was quite far. But during our coffee break we talked with a travel agency attending the conference and they volunteered to help us change the plane and organize a nice tour to the Colca Canyon! We gave them all our plane tickets and they told us they would try their best! (We crossed our fingers). Eight hours away from Arequipa, you also find the Cotawashu Canyon, which is the largest in the planet!
Once the conference was over, everyone came to us to ask questions and to congratulate us. All members of the audience stayed the whole conference and most of them wanted to take a photo with us. We felt like rock stars! ☺ People were so warm and thankful that I even got goose bumps!
We were having some “Pisco Shower” when the travel agency we talked with during our coffee break told us everything was already arranged. We were going to visit the Colca Canyon! Woohoooooooo! Guess at what time we had to wake up? At 3 am the tour guide will pick us up and we would be returning the same day around 5pm.
As I said, today is been a great day! We have to go to sleep as we have to wake up in a few hours (2.30 am) ;)
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