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Trip Start Sep 03, 2007
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We stopped off at Arequipa for a few hours so we shared a taxi with a couple Americans and went on a sight seeing tour of the city. Very nice it was to. The charming colonial town of Arequipa is known as the "White City" since so many older buildings in the center are built of silar, a pale rock mined from the slopes of the three volcanoes surrounding the town. A colorful and historic convent, delightful town square, tasty restaurants, and stunning mountain surroundings.
One good thing to come out of our very long bus journey was whist in conversation with the Americans we said we were planning on getting local buses to Machu Picchu as we didnīt want to and couldnīt afford to trek there. They very kindly gave us a little booklet they had picked up in Lima from the SAE (South American Explorers club) that was directed at the indepedent traveller with info on treks around Cusco that you could do by yourself. So after reading about an 8day trek to some alternative ruins and ending in Machu Picchu that was it, our whole plan rearranged.