Free Day in Arequipa
Here's a couple of photos from yesterday.
We wanted to see if we could change our plane ticket to Lima. We had originally booked for noon on Sunday, then they changed it to 7:30 a.m., then 6:30 p.m. We wanted to go back to the morning flight. So we found out where the TACA airline office was and got bus directions as well. Then we set out to walk to the mall it was in. It was only a couple of km and not a bad walk at all. After a bit of a wait (because there was only one clerk in this their head office) we explained and the clerk changed our flight for us without any charge at all! It seems we were affected by their consolidation of flights or something. So that was worth it. Then we were in the area of the Yanahuara neighbourhood, which Don had read was a very traditional area. It has a park on the top of a hill, so the view over the city is amazing. We found the narrow stone walled streets very charming and we even found a nice restaurant to have a very relaxed lunch. We actually had chicha (a traditional fermented corn drink) to drink for the first time. Then we walked back downtown and visited the Convent of Santa Catalina, the place to visit in Arequipa. This 450 year old convent still has 20 nuns living in part of it. The rest of the huge (a whole city block) place has been turned into a museum to show how they have lived there, in order to produce enough money to modernize. They were living in plastered stone rooms with no electricity or running water and only wood fired clay ovens until 1970!
After the museum, we went down to the city square to take pictures, because we hadn't taken any yesterday. Then home to rest for awhile before going out for supper.