Magical Peru #10: Arequipa

We first arrived in Lima and spent a couple of weeks studying Spanish in the capital (please watch the vlog Living in Lima) then we headed to the North of Peru and visited Trujillo, Chiclayo and some archaeological sites, such as tombs, piramids and ancient cities. Now we go South and our first stop is in Arequipa, la Ciudad Blanca (white city)!

Arequipa, founded on the 15th of August, 1540, is the capital and largest city of the province of Arequipa and the seat of the Constitutional Court. Also known as the White City, Arequipa has 845 touthands inhabitants. Arequipa is just below the edge of the Altiplano, at 2380 meters above sea level and surrounded by three impressive volcanoes. It’s Peru’s second most important city (after Lima), and the second most popular among tourists (after Cuzco). The city is part of the so called “Southern Peru Tourist Corridor”, together with Nazca, Puno and Cusco. In contrast to these other cities, Arequipa is an example of the Spanish and mestizo culture developed in Peru. There are no Inca artifacts or ruins in the city as the Arequipa was a suporter of Spanish colonization.

We travelled around Peru by bus with Cruz del Sur, probably the best bus company in Perú. They connect the major cities and small towns, and the buses are very good, with confortable seats, on board service and reliable bus drivers.

In Arequipa we stayed at the Crismar Hotel, right at the city centre. From Arequipa is easy to get to Chivay, Canion de Colca, Puno and Lake Titicaca.

On the next video we will travel from Arequipa to Chivay by bus, crossing the desert and finding llamas, vicuñas, locals selling coca leafs and even the volcano El Misti!

Brasileiro no Peru
Após passar algumas semanas apenas em Lima estudando espanhol e conhecendo o que a capital peruana tem a oferecer, nós partimos para explorar o país. Começando pela região Norte, fomos até Trujillo, Chiclayo, Huanchaco, Huacas del Sol e de la Luna, Chan Chan e o sítio arqueológico da Tumba do Lorde Sipán. Depois, descemos pelo Sul do Perú, em lugares como Arequipa e Lago Titicaca, e terminamos nossa jornada no interior, em Cusco e Machu Pichu.

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