I spent a total of four and a half days in historic Arequipa, Peru. It is the second most populous city and a UNESCO World Heritage site. A visual aspect of Arequipa is the use of white sillar earth in construction. Due to this it is also known as the “White City”. Continue reading “Exploring Historic Arequipa”
Below is a video of me riding the Arequipa zip line in Arequipa, Peru. It was part of the city bus tour we took our second day. The first section is 750 meters long. The second is 250 meters long to get you back across the Rio Chili where you must hike back up to the original launch point.
The hike, at a 7,500 foot elevation, was taxing for this old-over-weight guy. Although it was a struggle with a few stops for a breather, it felt good. Significantly, I had no signs of altitude sickness. I attribute that to my steady diet of coca candy and frequently chewing a cud of coca leaves.
Thanks to Slade and Dan (members of the Motoquest tour group) for letting me use their videos along with my own.
After a couple hours sleep I decided to take a hike on my first day in Arequipa to get my bearings. I met Slade, Darrin, and Rita in the hotel courtyard. After getting to know each other we hiked to the Plaza de Armas. In my research before the trip, I discovered that Arequipa’s plaza is one of the most beautiful in Peru. It is beautiful. Continue reading “My First Day in Arequipa”
In Lima, there was confusion regarding my checked bag. At LAX they said it was checked through to Arequipo. The Lima locals knew better. Had to check in again after customs and picking up my checked bag.