Peru, Day 2: Lima to Arequipa

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It was an early start day, with our driver picking us up at 8:00. Joseph, Deedie and I agreed to meet for breakfast at 7:00. Julio was in the lobby a little early, to transport us from the hotel to the airport, so we could fly from Lima to Arequipa. It's a holiday in Peru, a sort of flag day. Julio told us that it would be a lot easier to get to the airport on a holiday. For part of the way, he was correct, although the traffic got worse as we got closer to the airport.

Julio escorted us through the airport, until we reached security. We said our farewells and moved swiftly through the security line. Then, it was time to wait for our plane. The flight was just over an hour. We arrived in Arequipa around 12:30 and met up with a new guide, Jorge. Jorge gave us a brief overview of the area while we made our way through traffic and road construction. We stopped along the way to get an introduction to the three main volcanoes that loom over the city of over a million people, Misti, Chachani, and Pichu Pichu:

We then went through a small part of Arequipa, and enjoyed a taste of one of the local delicacies, queso helado or cheese ice cream. Jorge tried to explain it. It some sort of frozen concoction of milk and vanilla, with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top. We thought it was delicious. We enjoyed it while we checked out a bit of the city:

Finally it was time to check into our hotel. After about twenty minutes to get settled, we rejoined Jorge for a walking tour of the area and a stop for lunch (very tasty pork sandwiches):

The last stop of the day was the Convent of Santa Catalina. The convent was like a little village, with small groups of nuns living in small apartments, each with their own kitchen (if they made it through the novice stage, which required twenty hours a day in their own cell, with seven of those hours spent praying):

Despite the warning that the "elderly" shouldn't take the steps to the top to see the view, we went ahead to enjoy the lovely view:

Near the end, we discovered the laundry facilities:

We also saw a couple of paintings of Jesus on the cross, with Jesus wearing a skirt:
We're not sure what this is all about. We also saw a statue that we labeled, "Jesus meets Prince" (because of the purple robe):

We wandered around a bit more and then wandered around outside the convent to see the sunset:

Now, we are resting before dinner. Tomorrow is another early day, with a pick up at 8:00 to go to Colca Canyon.

Adios, amigos!

Update: We gathered around 8:00 for a little wander around town, before our 9:00 reservation at Zig Zag, recommended by our guide Jorge. When we were finally seated at Zig Zag, we started with some lovely Pisco-based cocktails:

For dinner, both Deedie and Joseph ordered something that would be delivered on a piece of hot volcanic rock (Joseph had an alpaca steak; Deedie, fish). This meant that their meals were involved sizzling and the restaurant didn't want them to damage their clothes, so voilà:

I ordered a traditional local dish, involving a spicy stuffed pepper on hash browned potatoes. It was delicious:

Then, it was a short walk back to the hotel and bedtime.

This featured blog entry was written by ORWAT from the blog O Reisert Where Art Thou: Peru.
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