after my trip to machu picchu, i’ve been to arequipa with my fellow students. situated between volcanoes, this artsy, vibrant and historically rich city really stole my heart. its mix of native and european architecture, awesome restaurants and love for culture made me enjoy every second of it. the climate was sunny, dry and warm, we had the best guide ever on a free walking tour, they have a shop and café all about chocolate, and i ate the best food i’ve had so far in peru: a veggie curry, my absolute favourite. what more could you ask for?! for more information on arequipa, please refer to this page.
camera: lumix g2 (panasonic dmc-g2)
arent’s those palm trees beautiful?
mirador de arequipa.
a bunch of lamas. i actually layed down into a mountain of lama wool later on. it was so soft.
beautiful architecture with both native and european elements.
Monasterio de Santa Catalina, a monastery that’s actually so big that it almost forms its own city.
beautiful colours and patios make this a very enjoyable place.
that’s where the nuns used to sleep before they opened the monastery for tourists in order to be able to finance themselves.
and that’s where they cooked.
the nuns or their helpers used those giant vases to wash their clothes by blocking the channel with potatoes and letting the water flow into the vases.
garden to the left where fruits, veggies and flowers are grown …
… especially the famour papayas of arequipa, which are a mix of papaya and mango and actually taste pretty sweet and amazing!
colca canyon, the second deepest canyon in the world.
we saw some giant condors, the biggest birds in the world!
inka terraces. the build those in order to prevent flooding and erosion and had a water channel system for optimal agriculture.
stone towers, built by tourists and natives alike.