The switch to a new city or country is usually thrilling, but it requires us spending some initial time finding a place to stay. With the recent run of good lodgings, it has made us a little pickier. As we roamed the city for an economical place to stay, we were finding it difficult. We felt prices were higher in Arequipa and if we were going to pay that price, why not stay at something really nice, so we started to try our luck with 4-star accommodations. Asking prices started very high but we found that they were more willing to negotiate.
With accommodations out of the way, it was time to roam the city for wonderful delights. We really enjoyed eating in this city, as there is a lot of variety. One of our favorite daily spots was this kebab joint called El Turko Döner because it always hits the spot. When it came to splurging, we really liked ChiCha in La Casona de Santa Catalina. A suggestion is to stick to the meat dishes.
We met up with one of our fellow travelers, Doro, who we had met in the Amazon. She took us out for delicious tacos, guacamole, and unbelievable Pisco sour. The Pisco Sour is described as the only drink you will ever want. It is a sweet drink so you can’t taste the alcohol but after a few crafts of it, I found it hard to stand up.
We found the city very easy to wander around. There are small random courtyards where you can just plop on the grass and not move for hours. We also enjoyed the tour of the monastery, but it was a pricey entrance ticket.
Just be extra cautious when taking a taxi, as the kidnapping stories are real. Unfortunately we had met a female who recently escaped an attempted kidnapping. She, along with her male friend, jumped into a taxi around 7pm. Some time later, 3 men jumped into the taxi and started beating up her friend. Luckily, she was able to jump out of the taxi (and her friend later). If the kidnappers were successful, they would have brought them to a house where they would have kept them until their ATM cards were depleted.
Ask your hotel/restaurant to call a cab for you and be cautious of your surroundings. It doesn’t matter what country you are in, lock the doors! Don’t let it ruin your time in Arequipa.
|What We Paid:||Peruvian
|– Flores Bus From Cuzco To Arequipa [9 hours]||25/pp||8.90||6.80|
|– Taxi From Flores Bus Station To Center||2||0.70||0.50|
|– Private Double Room with private bathroom at El Posada de Ugarte [Friendly Staff/Owner, Free wifi, Highly Recommend]||50||17.80||13.60|
|– Entrance To Santa Catalina Monastery||35/pp||12.50||9.50|
|– Lunch at El Turko Doner For Kebabs||9.25/pp||3.30||2.50|
|– Dinner at Chicha Restaurant||41.75/pp||14.90||11.35|