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8 days in Arequipa

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8 days in Arequipa

We will be leaving on a 4 week trip to Peru in early May. We will be spending about a week in Cusco, a couple of days in Ollantaytambo, 4 days hiking the Inca trail and a night in Aguas, and 9 days on a Manu jungle trip. Our last 8 days will be in Arequipa from May 26 thru June 3. So far, we have booked a 3 day Colca Canyon trip and are considering a 2-day El Misti climb. We would welcome any other suggestions for the 5 days we have in Arequipa. Thanks.

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1. Re: 8 days in Arequipa

Do not miss the Monasterio de Santa Catalina. The great restaurants and local food. The plaza de Armas.

I would also go to Puno for a couple of days and stay a night with an Uros family at one of the Islands.

Eight days in Arequipa is a little bit to much.

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2. Re: 8 days in Arequipa

Thanks for the Puno suggestion Xochitl. I think we've narrowed the options for our extra days to:

1) El Misti

2) Cotahuasi canyon

3) Puno

We'll make the decision when we get to Arequipa and see how much more adventure we are up for. Perhaps we will just laze around the Square and eat the camarones.

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3. Re: 8 days in Arequipa

Camarones are the best in the world.

If you like hot food, do not miss the Rocoto Relleno (stuffed hot peppers)

Another dish from the zone is the Ocopa con camarones (potatoes with a cheese peanut sauce and camarones)

A huge Ostrich farm is near Arequipa, maybe its worth a visit. Some restaurants also serve their meat.

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4. Re: 8 days in Arequipa

Sounds like we might just be content with 8 days of eating...potatoes, camarones & hot peppers, maybe a few avocados & mango's, what more could we ask for?! Thanks again.

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5. Re: 8 days in Arequipa

In Arequipa stay at the Posada del Puente, on the riveer, with llamas roving the extensive grounds.

www.posadadelpuente.com/indexesingles.html

Interesting that you put Arequipa last. Many people spend a few days there before going to the higher altitudes to acclimate We did, and I think it made the altitude problem more bearable....whatever.

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6. Re: 8 days in Arequipa

We put Arequipa last as we preferred to get on the Inca trail in early vs late May and the availability of airmiles flights. While altitude is obviously an important factor to consider, we live at 6,000ft and regularly play (hike,run,ski,snowshoe) up to 9,000ft in the winter/spring so the altitude adjustment for us will not be as significant as it would be for people living at sea level. As well, we spend a lot of time hiking up to 14,000ft in the summer and have been up Kilimanjaro so are aware of the altitude issues and acclimatizing. For us, the 4 days in Cusco should help us on our way and we'll hit the higher Inca trail passes around Day 7 so should be well adapted by then.

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7. Re: 8 days in Arequipa

xochitl:

How do we go about securing a stay with an Uros family? Also, is it very touristy there? If so, we might opt for a kayak trip around Titicaca.

Where's the ostrich farm? Any ideas on how we can get info on this? Do we have to go with a guided tour? Any restaurant recommendations to eat ostrich? Never had it before.

Thanks so much again for all your help! You've been an awesome resource!

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Wow, they brought over the poor ostrich to south america. that is amazing. well they also took the llama and alpaca to the usa. Why do they do this to these poor animals. Can't they stay in their native lands??????????

Anyway, enjoy the alpaca meat and cuy which is native to ecuador, peru, bolivia, chile and argentina.

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