Category Archives: Arequipa

Hot Crepes

Ivan, Lil Dave and I woke up at 8:30 am.  I woke up at 4:30 am and kept tossing and turning, so I didn’t have a great night’s sleep.

We headed up to breakfast for the scrambled eggs and pancake.  Lil Dave had a banana pancake.

We packed everything up, checked out and held our day pack in the luggage storage at Home Sweet Home.  Later today, we’re going to a 2 day trip to Colca Canyon.

The 16 of us that were going on the trip walked with Franco to the truck.  Ivan and I put our big backpacks on Frida the big Oasis yellow truck.

We walked around the shopping area which is mostly pedestrianized.  Arequipa is a nice city, but there’s not many street lights in the centre.  So, it can take a few minutes to cross the street using the crosswalks.  Ivan bought a pair of swimming shorts since he forgot his on the truck.  We’ll be going to hot springs later today.

It was time for lunch, so we walked to Crepísimo Crêperie.  This restaurant is run by the same owner as Zig Zag.  I had an Andean trout crepe while Ivan had a spinach and tuna.  Lil Dave got a banana and honey crepe.  My crepe was the definitely tasted the best.  The Andean trout has a similar color to salmon and tastes terrific.

We walked back to the hostel.  A group of 16 of us were picked up by Illary Tours for our Colca Canyon 2 day trip.  Our guide was a Peruvian guy named Jesus.  Ivan wonders why Jesus is such a popular name with Mexicans and Latin people.  I think it’s because they’re very religious.

The bus drove us to different places like National Park Pampa Cañahuas where we saw alpacas and vicuñas. 

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We also stopped at the Volcano Viewpoint which is 4,850 meters high (15912 feet).

Our last stop was a great view of the town Chivay.

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We arrived in Chivay, Peru at 4:30 pm and checked in to Los Portales.

Ivan and I got ready and the group left for the hot springs.

La Calera hot springs was a short drive away.  It’s 15 soles per person for entry to 3 pools.  Two of the pools are outside with one being 39° C and the other one was slightly cooler.  We chilled in the pool that’s 39° C (which was a lovely temperature) and drank a cold beer. 

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It’s true that alcohol affects you more at higher altitudes. 

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Ivan and I could feel that beer.

Bob, who’s in his 60’s, went to chat with 4 Swedish girls. I call him the Ladies Man while others say he’s Mr. Romantic.

There’s another pool inside with a sauna, but we didn’t check it out.  Sarah, Raoul and Ty said they checked out the sauna and it smells funny.  There’s another pool that’s 1.50 soles to get into, but they walked into that one and it’s nothing special.

Ivan didn’t want to leave the hot springs.  We were only there for an hour.

That night, some of the group when to see the Peña Show called Tusuy Wasi.  A set menu of 20 or 25 soles per person was available.  Ivan and I each got a hot alcoholic drink.  Ivan’s had anise in it and tasted like absinthe.  Ivan and I shared two set menus. 

A band started playing Andres folk music while a masked guy danced a traditional dance with two Peruvian girls. 

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Our soups were quinoa soup and asparagus.  The main courses were fried trout.

Lots more dancing happened.  The dancers pulled up guests to dance with them.

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One of the band members played the biggest pan pipes I’ve ever seen.  It made a deep noise. 

The guy kept dancing with a mask on.  I asked Ivan if he was really ugly and he was trying to hide his face.  Ivan said yes, he got the idea from the Phantom of the Opera.

Ivan and I shared a slice of chocolate cake (which wasn’t very chocolaty) and fruit salad.

Ivan and I were getting tired and wanted to leave, but we came on a bus with the group.

A guy and girl were dancing.  The girl was on the ground and the guy started whipping here.  We couldn’t believe it.  I didn’t think it was appropriate with little kids around.  More dancers came out.  We were talking to Wilko at this point.  One of the girls picked Wilko to dance with.

The guy dancer got on the ground along with the local girls.  Pete was on the ground near Wilko.  The girls started whipping them.  It was really funny!  The white girl was trying to mimic the whipping, but didn’t make a snapping noise like the local girls who’ve had lots of practice.  The girls then walked over Pete and Wilko while they were on the ground even over their face.  

The group wanted to go back to the hotel.  Jesus said that the driver left already so we had to walk.  We thought he was going to walk us to the hotel.  Once we got to the main square, he told somebody the directions and then he left us.  I couldn’t believe he didn’t walk us back.  Thankfully, we made it back in one piece.

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Inkari Stone

Ivan woke up at 6 am on November 18, 2012 since the curtains were really thin in the hostel room.  I went back to sleep and woke up at 10 am.  Ivan only slept 3 hours.

Ivan had the free breakfast which was scrambled eggs and a pancake.

Lunch was at Inkari.  Ivan and I shared ocopa araquepena, seafood rice and mushroom soup.  The ocopa araquepena was similar to the Papa a la Huancaina we made in the cooking class we took in Lima.  Lil Dave had banana rice and a fried banana.  The food was average.

We relaxed at the hostel.  I worked on the blog while Ivan used the internet.

The group met up at 5 pm.  Everybody had a slice of Sam’s birthday cake.  Mel told us about the details about the 2 day Colca Canyon tomorrow. 

Later, Ivan and I went to Zig Zag for dinner.  We shared Andean trout with sesame seeds and a honey sauce and a salad with figs, quinoa, mango, avocado and shrimp for starters. 

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We were given cute bibs to wear so we wouldn’t get dirty.  We usually don’t like wearing bibs, but these were too cute! 

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Our main course was salmon cooked on a volcanic stone. 

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Dessert was a tasty passion fruit dish served in a martini glass.  Every dish was simply delicious.  I wish we had another night in Arequipa then we can dine here again.

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Surprise Dancing

Ivan and I had breakfast at 6:30 am on November 17, 2012. 

The group left on the truck at 7:30 am.  It was a really, really long drive day.

We arrived in Arequipa around 5 pm.  It’s the second most populous city in Peru.

We grabbed our bags and started walking to the hostel. 

Mel checked us in to Home Sweet Home.  Ivan and I got a matrimonial room.  It actually has a queen bed and a double bed in it.

There are a few showers in the hostel.  My shower’s water only got lukewarm.  Ivan got lucky and he had a nice hot shower.  I’ll have to use that same shower tomorrow.

Mel and a few people from the group decorated the garden.  We all chipped in money for Sam’s surprise birthday get together. Tomorrow is her actual birthday, but it would be better to celebrate today since it’s a Saturday. 

There was cheese puffs, chips, guacamole and a strong punch Mel made.  Jess and Kate kept Sam busy while people set up the surprise.  Anna came up with some birthday games.

Sam came out and was totally shocked when we yelled surprise at her.  She almost fell over since the floor is tile and she had flip flops on.  Everybody started eating snacks and drinking the lethal punch.  I thought the punch looked nuclear since it was a neon yellow color.  Ivan thought there were 4 bottles of vodka in it… no wonder it was so strong.  I love Mel’s famous punch since it comes with lovely fresh fruit.

Mel told us about a drinking game.  We couldn’t use people’s real name, we had to drink with our opposite hand and we couldn’t point with our finger.  I had a hard time drinking with my left hand.

Ivan put on Gangnam Style and a couple of us, including me, danced the cowboy horse dance. 

The next game we played was Pass the Parcel which is a popular children’s game in England.  The gift is wrapped in a number of layers.  Music is played during the game.  The parcel is passed among everybody.  Once the music stop, the person holding the parcel opens the layer and claims that prize.  The prize was a small bags of M&Ms.  We also had to do something like Take a drink and all the boys take a drink as well or doing I’m a Little Teapot.  I’ve never played this game and it was lots of fun.  Ivan got to play DJ. 

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We were having a good time.  The snacks weren’t enough to fill us up.  Everybody wanted to get food.  Mel said that we should meet at Déjà Vu club at 10:30 pm.

Ivan and I went to Istanbul with Harry.  We’re all vegetarians that eat seafood.  Ivan and I each got a falafel wrap with hummus.  It tasted great with a spicy sauce.  Mel and Franco sat down at the table next to us to get some falafel wraps.

We walked across the street to the start of the bars on San Francisco Street.  Lots of people were out tonight.  Ivan and I heard music playing and decided to check it out.  I don’t recall the bar’s name but it had a good special of 3 drinks for 15 soles.

The band was playing rock music and they sounded great.  A few people from our group joined us.  Some of the girls went on the stage and I joined them.  We were dancing around and getting into the music. 

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I remember head banging at one point.

Another band came on later, but this guy sounded like a dying cat.  He just kept screaming.  It was horrible so Ivan and I left and went to another bar where a band was playing.  They were quite good.  The bar was next to Déjà Vu.

Later, we went to Déjà vu which is 10 soles per person to get in.  Upstairs it was a covered balcony so it was cool.  The music was generic trance which wasn’t that exciting.  Downstairs, it was really warm with good pop music playing. 

We went back to the bar next door, but they were singing songs in Spanish.

Ivan wanted to go back to Déjà Vu but I thought it was too warm to dance downstairs.  We walked back to the hostel.

We rang the bell to get in the main door.  Somebody came and would fiddle with the lock.  The person couldn’t open it, gave up and then walked away.  Ivan kept ringing the bell.  After 20 minutes, the lady finally got the right key and opened the door.  How annoying!!

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