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Arequipa – Volcanoes & Condors


Printed: October eleventh 2010

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Once I acquired to Arequipa, a white metropolis inside view of three volcanoes in the course of the desert, I used to be actually feeling the absence of Conny and Jennie. It was odd to instantly be by myself once more, after 2 weeks of being a part of a 3. And for the 4 months previous to that I used to be at all times hanging out with somebody I might met beforehand. Now for the primary time, I used to be by myself, not figuring out anyone, and I needed to begin from the start. I used to be a bit unhappy, however I instructed myself to simply suck it up and go and be a part of the boys enjoying playing cards and ingesting beer on the roof and that labored. They had been two Aussies and a Portuguese Brit and nice firm. I performed a LOT of shithead with them, drank a lot of beer and ate a lot of kebabs. They’ve good kebabs in Arequipa. I feel it was a Turkish joint.

I additionally booked myself on a two-day journey to the Colca Canyon to see the condors. I had wished to do a hike, however my knee was so painful on the final stroll that that concept needed to be shelved. I

met some pretty individuals on this journey too. On the primary day, we drove in direction of the canyon and noticed numerous alpacas (yawn yawn by this level) and Inca terraces (ditto). After lunch we went for a stroll with our information and met alongside means a younger boy wearing conventional costume who sang us a track to attempt to promote his wares. He was working as an alternative of going to highschool that day. The day improved vastly after that once we went to some thermal swimming pools surrounded by mountains at sundown. You are allowed to drink within the pool! Good. Dinner that night was some conventional Peruvian fare in an area restaurant, accompanied by a folks present. There have been musicians and a few dancing carried out by dancers in improbable costumes. The embroidery was severely wonderful. That evenng I stayed up late ingesting wine with Danny, a tour information from Costa Rica, which most likely wasn’t a good suggestion as we needed to rise up actually early – within the DARK – the subsequent morning. We acquired to the canyon round 8am and noticed tons of condors. That was about it for the remainder of the day.

The subsequent day I booked myself on

an evening bus to Lima and made myself go to the Santa Catalina convent within the afternoon. I am glad I went as a result of it was actually stunning. It is like slightly metropolis inside a metropolis.


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