Arequipa Arequipa Arequipa
Trip Start Oct 01, 2009
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In the morning I went to the Monestry of which there are NUNS. It is an old building founded by, i think, a Spanish widow and for centurys the Nuns lived the high life with servants and lots of alcohol and parties........you know the usual for religiously devout women. However, there was a Dragon who put a stop to thier partying and now it is just a boring nunary, not the rave that it once was (I hope you realise that I am exagerating a little).
In the afernoon I went to see Juanita who is basically a very well preserved Inca sacrifice. They got her drunk and whacked her over the head, dropped her in a little grave on Ampato (the highest mountain around Arequipa) and then went home for a pint.
So the next day I was missing the early mornings so I thought that I would get up at 3 in order to go to Canyon de colca. Four of us were waiting in the reception and the bus came, it picked only two of us up and another girl and I were left waiting. Eventually, after 10 minutes our bus came so we went downstairs into the same bus that the others were in!!!!! Peruvian efficiency.
As for the walk I believe you have heard it before - up, down, left, right. Getting to the oasis was cool and I made some new friends but the water which is supposedly froma hot spring was blooming cold. Slept in a hut and the views were cool though. Once returned back to Arequipa I thought that is enough and made way for Puno, next to Lake Titikaka.