Sparky Travels

April 22, 2011

Arequipa

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On the 21st of April in Cuzco I relaxed in Pariwana hostel, drank beer with Sam, a fellow Edinburgher and lost in the first round of an impromptu table tennis competition. That evening I boarded a bus to Arequipa.

I arrived in Arequipa, the second largest city in Peru at 6am the next day. I’d been recommended a hostel by some people in Cuzco and it didn’t disappoint. The Arequipay Hostel was far from the centre out in the suburbs but made up for it in facilities. A converted villa in a residential compound, it had pool, movie room, PS3 and hammocks to relax in.  I barely used any of  these though because I had other tasks at hand. I used the internet to update my blog while I waited for my bed to be ready. Once I was settled in I caught the free transfer into town along with, Sarah an Irish girl living in Glasgow who’d also just arrived. We strolled round town but it was the beginning of the Easter holidays so most of the sights were closed.

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Fortunately the city is pretty enough so it was pleasant to walk round the plazas and past the churches. On the walk back to the hostel we stopped at possibly the most disappointing mirador (viewpoint) I’ve ever seen. It gave a poor view of an uninteresting part of the city though the setting, with an ornate church and palm lined square saved it.

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The rest of the day was an administration day but in the evening Sarah, I and an English girl we met went out to a Pizzeria just off the central Plaza Aramas. As we left after some high-quality pizza we walked into a sombre Easter parade. Figures of Christ and the Virgin Mary were carried round the square accompanied by a silent procession of locals carrying candles. All to the slow and atmospheric sound of choral singing and a brass band. I went to bed as soon as we got home because I’d stupidly signed up for another trek. This time to the Colca Canyon.

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