Upon conclusion of our ‘organised’ itinerary we had reserved a week or so of spare time to head elsewhere in Peru. So in escaping the excitement of Cusco, the highs and lows of our trek and after a gruelling >12 hour bus journey, we arrived in Arequipa – a colonial city in the south of Peru.
We had intended to remain active once there and considered a trip up the local, omnipresent volcano, El Misti. Unfortunately, the relative lull in our program meant that we succumbed to an enforced laziness and a stomach bug (don’t eat pizza in an empty restaurant) which inevitably led to a few days of down-time and a leisurely pace.
In true holiday style we found ourselves a couple of nice places to drink and dine, namely Chelawasi (great for craft beer) and Crepismo (it’s in the name), respectively. Chelawasi was a friendly environment with a decent array of Peruvian brews on offer, also with a big screen that we managed one night to encounter some international football on. Plus cheese and ham crepes are a boon for anyone with a dodgy stomach!
Arequipa is a city of two halves (excuse the cheesy football pun) with a busy centre and a chilled out, colonial style area to the west of the Rio Chili. It is worth a short trip on foot to scout out some of these small streets and alleys.
We spent a few days recovering here sauntering around when able, before we took the next gruelling bus ride to Lima. There we stayed just one night, then flew to Seattle, which turned out to be another long, multi-stop journey of its own!