Arequipa Journals

Arequipa

A July 2002 trip to Arequipa by Marquita

Arequipa Photo, More Photos
Quote: Arequipa, known as the white city is the 2nd largest city in Peru. It is surrounded by 3 volcanoes, El Misti, Chachani and Pichu Pichu. Arequipenas are very proud of their city, and they tell you that is the most beautiful in all Peru.

Arequipa

Overview

Arequipa Photo,
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There are many things to do, from visiting the musuems such as the one with the mummy Huanita, a visit to Santa Catalina convent, Francescan monestary, etc. A visit to the Colca Canyon is a must. River rafting is also possible from Arequipa.

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Best Way To Get Around:

We traveled from Nazca to Arequipa by bus. The journey took eight hours, but the bus was comfortable and they provided us with an excellent service. We traveled by the Flores bus. In Arequipa, the taxis are cheap and quite good.

Residences Chamossaire

Hotel | "La Casa de Mi Abuela"

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This hotel was once the home of a grandmother, now converted into a 50 room hotel! It has a pool and 2 restaurants. There is hot water 24 hours a day. They also have laundry service. It is 20 minutes away from Plaza De Armas. They have a travel agency. The staff is very helpful.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 30, 2002

Residences Chamossaire
Leysin
Leysin, Switzerland
(244) 943-776

Santa Catalina Photo, Arequipa, Peru
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Santa Catelina convent, known as the city inside a city, is a very big convent and you have to spend at least 2 hours to go around. It was opened to the public in 1970 after 400 years as a cloister. A hundred nuns used to live in this secluded convent. These nuns were daughters of the aristocrats and were rich. They used to live in great luxury. Each nun had her slaves who were black persons. You can see the difference of the status of living between the nuns. Some nuns had small bungalows, while others had 3 or 4 rooms, but all of them were living in luxury. They were allowed to make parties. Silence and poverty were not a part of their daily life. Then the pope decided to make a stop to th...Read More

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Juanita the mummie

Attraction

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Juanita, also called the 'Ice Maiden', was discovered in 1955 by Johan Reinhard, on the top of Mount Ampato, in the vicinities of Arequipa. The age of the girl at time of death was about 12 to 14, and she was sacrificed to an Inca God some 500 years ago. The condition of Juanita is excellent, with the skin and teeth still intact. The mummie was found frozen and today they are still keeping her the temperature she was found in. With Juanita they found some artifacts, which are also in an excellent condition. They also found two other mummies which can be seen in the same museum. Before showing you the mummies, the guides at the musuem shows a small video which is very interesting....Read More

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Typical women of Chivay Photo, Arequipa, Peru
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Day One: We were picked from the Hotel at half past 8. After 2 1/2 Hour drive we stopped for a nice cup of coca leaves in a small restaurant. They have a llama called Margerita which likes to eat sweets. Margerita snatched a packet of doritos from my hand. It was really funny. after that we continued for an hour and a half drive to the Altiplano 4800m above sea level. It was from here that I started to feel the altitude sickness, which is not a nice experience. We then continued our trip to a small village called Chivay. We had lunch and visited the local market. This village is a scene from the wild wild west movies with women earing bowler hats and white hats chewing coca leaves,...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 30, 2002