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16.08.2013 - 18.08.2013 25 °C
Arequipa - Friday 16th August
Last night we bought some lip balm from a pharmacy, but the only one they had was strawberry flavoured, which meant it had a slight red tinge to it. Anyway, Chris had got himself ready for bed and when I went to get into bed, he was sat there putting his moisturiser on with bright red lips, which had gone around his lips as he'd put so much on. He looked absolutely hilarious, like a child who had stolen his mum's bright red lipstick! Sadly he wouldn't let me take a picture so the rest of you could enjoy a laugh. Spoil sport!
On our final day in Arequipa, we had a look around a market and I got 250g of olives for about a pound.
In the afternoon we visited the cathedral and had a guided tour with a lady who had the most bent out of shape glasses I think I've ever seen in my life. In this cathedral, most of the features for example the pulpit have come from Europe. Everything she seemed to point out she'd finish off by saying and that's from Spain/France/Italy. Three main highlight of this cathedral is the 12 metre high organ, which is the highest in Peru, containing over 1200 pipes, and came all the way from Belgium. Another funny part of this tour was how a lot of things, such as the organ, are only used for special occasions like 'Christmas, Easter...... And Sundays.'
In the afternoon we visited the town market, which was very well organized, with a section to sell each different thing, for example, a couple of aisles of fruit, another section for meat and so on. We then had a look around a colonial mansion house, which was nowhere near as ornate as one you would find in England. Afterwards, we collected our laundry, which had been washed and dried for £1.50 while we saw the sights.
We caught the 10 hour night bus to Cusco, which we'd spent an extra £2.50 on our ticket for a '180° flatbed' seat. Let's just say their definition of 180° is very different to ours as it seemed to be similar to the other night's, which was about 160°. On the plus side, there was more legroom and they were slightly wider seats.
Cusco - Saturday 17th August
We arrived in Cusco at 7am and after a short nap at the hostel, we headed out to explore Cusco. We were both suffering a bit with the altitude, Chris feeling constantly out of breath and I had a thumping headache.
We went to the Plaza de Armas, which has the cathedral and a church overlooking the square. Unfortunately, to visit any of the attractions in Cusco, you have to have a tourist ticket which covers all the attractions, which costs more than twice as much for a foreigner and at £40 each, a lot more than anything else we've paid for over here. We've decided to get a partial ticket for £20, which includes a couple of the 'unmissable' attractions. We spent about an hour trip planning in a café before hiking up a hill to a random church, which has a good view over the Plaza de Armas.
Cusco - Sunday 18th August
This morning, we still felt a bit weary from the altitude, but had to change hostels which meant a 10-15 minute walk up and down the streets of Cusco. Our next hostel is really nice, but I accidentally booked us bunk beds for the next 3 nights. Hehe!
Today in Cusco it's graduation day and so there were loads of parades around the Plaza de Armas, with the people graduating marching round. There were very few women in these parades, and most of the men looked like they were probably in their 30s.
While sat on a bench in the square today, we became a tourist attraction as a lady asked to have her photo taken with us! We went to the market and got some lunch as well as buying some llama gloves for Chris for the Inca trail. I got a reversible llama hat like Chris' and some gloves yesterday.
Tomorrow, we're going to Saqsaywaman, some ruins at 7am as this is supposed to be the best time to visit them.