Arequipa II, Peru

Once again we got woken up by a parade that morning. I think it was another back to school/university parade but this one didn’t nearly last as long as the one we saw in La Paz.

For breakfast/lunch we went to probably the best outdoor Ceviche restaurant in town, called “El Cebillano”. They had many different kinds of ceviche and this fish was just melting in our mouthes, that is how tender it was, also the lemonade there is really good!

With cured hangovers we went to the free walking tour around Arequipa. It started with the church of Claustros la Compañia, where the last supper is draw on one of the walls with Jesus eating a guinee pig (one of the traditional foods here in Peru).

After a few other sight we went to Gab’s highlight of the month, a taditional factory of products made from Llama and Alpaca wool.

They also had a sweater made from 100% Vicuña wool in store for about 1000€ (one thousand, no spelling mistake & and it was just a simple plain brown sweater) but you get a wooden box with it! We were told that one gramm of wool of the Vicuñas is worth as much as one gramm of gold because they have softest woll and are under a special protection in Peru.

At five we had to leave the tour in order to visit the Cathedral and afterwards the Convento Santa Catalina.

Two or three times a week the Convento is open at night until 8pm, which turned out to be the best time to visit it.

The Convent was opened to the public on the 430th anniversary of Arequipa, in 1970. Before that, the sisters had very little contact with the outside world and nobody was permitted to enter unless it was for a life commitment to God. The Convent is considered a city in a city and was untill recently a very mysterious place to the people of Arequipa.

There were very few people at that time and with the setting sun, the mood was changing from minute to minute.

Overall this place is very well down and definitly worth visiting. There are many little explanations on the walls. Real fires are burbing in the cooking places and oil lanterns lighting up dark niches and room transmit a very authentic experience.

From 8pm to 8am the next day a nightbus brought us to Cuzco where our highlight, the four day Inca Trail was waiting for us.

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