Monday, May 11, 2009

3 hour blitz of Arequipa

On my way back up to Cuzco from San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, I had to change busses a couple of times. One of the cities where I did that was in Arequipa, Peru. A lot of travelers stop in this city to see the canyon of condors, but I decided that I didn't have time to afford there.

There's a famously huge monastary there and a museum that has mummies that I wanted to see during the 3 hours that I had in town (after I arrived on the first bus and before my next bus departed), but when I walked around town looking for these places, they happened to both be closed and so I never got to chance to see either.

What I did get to see is the Plaza de Armas and I noticed that the town is very busy and full of life. Before I had arrived I had thought the town was small, but after walking around a bit I realized that there are quite a few people who live there. I would also dare to say that it's touristy there but I have heard people who stayed there for a while tell me that it isn't, so I don't know whether I'm right or wrong.

I wish I had had time to stay there longer, but I had to save time for Colombia, so I cut it out of my plans. If I visit Peru again I will have to go back.


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