Arequipa itself is quite a pretty city, and the second biggest in Peru after Lima. We didn't see loads of it, other than the Plaza de Armas (all the main squares in Peru are called that!) and a few streets around. One thing we did do whilst we were there was go to a museum to see "Juanita" - the completely mummified frozen girl they found in the Andes on Ampato Mountain, near Arequipa. The museum had a load of artifacts from the excavations, and it was pretty interesting. Juanita herself was so tiny, apparently she was around 13/14 when sacrificed. We weren`t allowed to take photos, but she was enclosed in a chamber in minus 20 degrees so it didn`t matter anyway.
|Women in traditional dress selling souvenirs|
|Erizo - the popular name for the plant|
On the second day we had to walk to the Oasis (Sangalle) and then up for 3 hours to our final destination - Cabanaconde. On the way to the Oasis we stopped at a "museum" run by a husband and wife team. It was just one room with traditional tools and dress of the people who live in the valley. It was really interesting how the wife explained everything, and many of the items they used hundreds of years ago they still use today. We also got to try Chicha, this fermented corn drink which is slightly alcoholic. It was pretty weird, definitely an acquired taste! The wife was also wearing traditional dress, which she told us not many young people wear nowadays because it`s actually very expensive! Don`t her and Tone look cute?! Oh yeah, and those are Tone´s "happy pants"....
|Tony in a silly hat (and trousers)|
|The Oasis - you can see the way up on the hill on the left hand side.|
We also came across this cute little Alpaca on the last day before our lunch. How sweet is he?!
|A baby Alpaca in front of the Canyon|
This last photo is of the terraces at the start of the Canyon. Honorio told us that the upper terraces are about 1500 years old, the the lower ones were built by the Incas just over 500 years ago.
|Inca and pre-inca terraces|