I didn't take to Arequipa too well initially. Flew into the city feeling woozy and extremely tired. Before I knew it I was hit by a severe bout of nausea and I worried myself sick if it could be the altitude. Luckily plenty of water and a good hours sleep proved to be all that I needed...
We were soon out exploring the white city, gorgeous in every way. The city sits on the Andes mountains at a height of 2380 m. In search of restaurants we roamed Jerusalem street on the look out for Peruvian food.
The most famous dish in Peru is 'Ceviche'. Though traditionally made of fish, there are several variants available. I was lucky enough to sample some of the Vegetarian alternatives. :)
Strolling along the Main Square , we sat watching people feed pigeons. We were to discover that this was a ritual in most Peruvian cities. The Plaza was bustling with activity, and the laughter and noise was contagious. Ironic as it may seem , inspite of the hustle and bustle the plaza seemed to lull us into a certain sense of calm and we lingered on watching the crowds and soaking up the sights and sounds. It was a day for pictures, bright and sunny and absolutely gorgeous. The cathedral in the background is twin towered and was originally built in 1612. It was later rebuilt following damage by Earthquakes and a Fire and boasts of beautiful intricate woodwork on the insides
"Many of the almost 250 colonial buildings entitled as Human Heritage by UNESCO, are close to the main square. Some are turned to banks, stores, restaurants and departments. This practical way of preserving the city by finding a practical use to the historical buildings, provides a great experience to the visitor who feels like visiting a living museum."- Wikitravel
El Misti lies between two other volcanoes Chachani (6,075 m) and Pichu-Pichu (5,669 m/18,599 ft).
The volcanoes can be seen from most places in the city and the snow covered peaks are a captivating sight.
Afternoon we head out to see 'Santa Catalina' and 'Juanita' the Ice princess.