Trip Start Feb 01, 2012
5Trip End Jul 25, 2012
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So we have now spent 3 nights and two full days in Arequipa, and it has a totally different vibe than Lima. We all like it better, the people here are very warm, affectionate and helpful, you really feel welcome in this city, even though it is a large busy city. Pedestrians still have no rights, however we are getting better at playing chicken with the drivers. We are all adjusting to the altitude 7600' (which also makes it cooler), the first day it was tiring to take walk to the park, now we are able to walk further without feeling tired
The first night in Arequipa we stayed a really quaint hostel called "Casa Blanca Your Peru", the building is about 250 years old, and is made from the traditional white volcanic rock used most often in Arequipa. The staff were awesome, we could only stay one night here because they were busy and they helped us find similar type accommodations. We really needed to recover before going to the Colca Canyon. The last two nights we stayed at another nice Hotel/Hostel Tierra Mistica.
The last two days we mostly walked around, did a bit of shopping, tried some local food. Unfortunately it has rained quite a bit, and the cloud cover has prevented us from seeing the snow covered mountains except the first morning.
Today we are finally going to Colca Canyon !!! We might even run into some snow on the way, as we will climb to around 16000' before dropping back down to the canyon, so we are all drinking cocoa tea, and have some cocoa candy as well, which apparently helps prevent altitude sickness, we will find out soon enoiugh.