A very short blogpost on another colonial town we visited in Peru: a few days stop in Arequipa, a midsize town located 300 in the South of Cusco.
The town has a more relax vibe than Cusco, less touristic it is however on the rise and attracts more visitors every year.
It surrounded by volcanoes, the most iconic and nearest one being the “Misti”. The town is an excellent base to trek the volcanoes or to trek the Colca canyon, the city centre features the usual Plaza de Armas and other colonial buildings.
The highlight of the city and a photographer’s must-do though is the Santa Catalina monastery – Randy spent hours shooting while the sun set and the lights changed. The entrance to the monastery was 40 soles and there are 2 days per week when it’s open until 8pm so you can enjoy the sunset.
I have to admit we didn’t do much in 4 days…wandering around, eating at the Mercado San Antonio (the market is really extraordinary, colourful, clean and huge) and spending full days at the pool of the fancy Hotel Libertador (they have a 115 years old turtle on their grounds, a real celebrity). So to resume Arequipa is a nice little town to relax a few days with a wide range of restaurants ( try Salamante, a gastronomic restaurant offering a good tasting menu for 75 USD p.p.), boutiques and outdoor activities.
After our lazy stop in Arequipa we took a 16h night bus to Lima – we chose the executive class with fully reclinable seats, even better than business class in a plane! We paid 145 soles per person – it also included food and drinks 😉