Monday, March 17, 2014

Peru - Arequipa

I won't be able to keep up this pace of blogging our trip, but I wanted to get a couple done before getting too busy with photography jobs again. So, back to Peru...

Monday morning, the 10th, we were up bright and early yet again (this was not a sleep in and relax kind of trip :-) and off to the Lima airport. We happened to run into Janna and Kevin right as we were walking into the airport which was perfect. We all got our boarding passes (after some confusion with the ticket lady about the Beecher's tickets) and headed to our gate.
We had this one day to spend in Arequipa, so when we sat down and found out the flight was delayed due to weather conditions in Arequipa we were nervous! Luckily within an hour they were boarding us on the plane and we were off (and even better, we had great weather once we arrived there).
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confiscated items at the airport :-)
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the U.S. needs to up it's snack-giving-game on their flights! this was only a 1 1/2 hour flight
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Janna and I relied heavily on Trip Advisor when picking hotels and the reviews were right on everytime.  Thank you Trip Advisor :-)! We were met at the airport by our hotel, Los Tambos, and taken there. I was immediately in love with the city of Arequipa! After being in Lima and then seeing mostly desert, the historical charm of Arequipa was a welcome sight! The hotel was located right around the corner from the Plaza de Armas and within walking distance to the Santa Catalina Monastery, our must-see stop while in town.
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First we needed lunch asap! We went with the hotel's recommendation of Chicha, which was both fancy and delicious. I got some soup that had pork and chicha in it (I don't remember exactly how they described the chicha, but it comes from corn) and Mike got another traditional dish called Rocoto Relleno that was really good too.
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Then it was off to explore the monastery. It was very beautiful and HUGE! Our guide was a little hard to understand but it was still good to have someone taking us around the large grounds. Pretty amazing to walk through a place that was built in 1579 and is still functioning today.
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We ran into the missionaries! One was from Peru and one from Ogden, UT.
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this huge rock bowl would purify the water, the clean water dripping into a collection pot below
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We walked back toward the center of town and watched kids feeding the thousands of pigeons in the Plaza de Armas and then stopped back into the hotel. We were waiting for the main church on the square, the Basilica Menor Cathedral, to open so we could walk through it.
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On our way out of the hotel we were stopped by this cute little man. He told Janna and I how beautiful we were, showed us a picture of how "guapo" he was as a young man, read our palms, bought us bread and was just overall very adorable. The boys couldn't understand most of his toothless Spanish though :-).
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Another cool church...beautiful on the outside and dark and eery inside.
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We picked a random little restaurant for dinner that was on the balcony overlooking the plaza. We had heard the church was beautiful at night all lit up so we wanted to be sure to see it. Also, a popular soda...Inka Kola. Tasted like a sugary cream soda :-).
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Oh yeah...and more food! Dessert :-). Mike and I tried to find more of that yummy "tres leches" we had our first night in Peru everywhere we went. We ate lots of yummy things, but nothing quite the same. This time we tried tres leches and some churros that came with a chocolate sauce.
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Then it was off to bed so we could head back to the airport early again in the morning!

1 comment:

Kim said...

It's been ages since I've checked your blog and here you were in Peru. How fun!! And what luck to go on vacation with two amazing photographers. None of those you had to be there moments when you CAN actually capture it adequately in photos.