The ailment of the Apus-Food & Drink
In terms of its food, Arequipa has some really good and unique cuisine. But, there are three things that you must try if you make it there: its avocados (paltas as they are called in Arequipean Spanish); its cactus pear fruit called locally "tuna" which you can try its three varieties: green, orange and purple. These are sold in markets or by local women on the streets who keep them in baskets and they will peel them for you right there and then for 1 sol per tuna; and a fresh fruit juice made with the local papaya called Papaya Arequipeña. This type of papaya is not good as a fruit on its own, but delicious in juice, so don't try to eat it off the vendor stand.
Another good and local snack to try are the salteñas. These are pastries like empanadas filled with a meat like stew. They are juicy and served warm. Arequipeños usually wake up very early and will most likely have an early breakfast of tea or coffee, juice and a buttered roll. So, at around 10:30am they get hungry and will eat a salteña accompanied by a Kola Escocesa (a local purple Arequipean gasified soda/pop. Kola Escocesa has been produced by a company called Yura since the 1950s using mineral water from the town the co. is named after-Yura, a town not far from the city); or can be eaten accompanied by a freshly made jugo de frutas (fruit juice).
If you are into trying traditional things, go to El mercado de San Camilo (go with very little money and during the day). There you will see many traditional foods, meats, even herbs, and objects to conjure magic. Try drinking a freshly made juice at one of the many fruit stands. They use boiled water so you will be fine. Just to make sure ask them if the water "esta hervida".
As the name describes, this restaurant serves traditional dishes, my favorite being lomo saltado.
It is more expensive than most average restaurants in Arequipa, but is about the price you would find at an average restaurant in the U.S depending on what you order.
La Compañía and Cloisters
The beautiful facade of this church is worth a look for its interesting architectural features. You'll notice angels with idigenous faces and Andean motifs in the carvings of birds and flowers. The stone is the beautiful white sillar that is used in almost all of the other buildings in Arequipa. Inside the church, you'll find 17th century oil paintings by Bernardo Bitti who was trained at a famous art school in Cusco.
To the left of the main entrance of the church, you'll find a spacious cloister that was once a a monastery but is now basically a shopping plaza with shops selling alpaca products and other tourist-oriented merchandise. You can climb to the second level of the cloister for some nice rooftop views of the church tower and the city below.
Colca Canyon - Chivay
Chivay, the town in this green lush of fields, is where tours stay for the night. It doesnt seem to have much going on here. Some quiet bars and tours-related restaurants.
I did witness a wedding ceremony at town centre, but it was in western style, with wedding dress, suits, rice sprinkling and so on.
The Celera Hot Springs is a couple minutes from town.
Yanahuara, a friendly neighbourhood
"Typical food - Cuisine du coin"
The cuy is a sort of guinea pig. Tastes like chicken. However, served with hair, teeth, nails and a big potato...
Le cuy (prononcez "couille") est une sorte de hamster. C'a le gout de poulet. C'est servi avec des poils, des dents, des ongles et une grosse patate...
"Street of Yanahuara - Rue de Yanahuara"
A very charming place in Arequipa, more calm and flourishing of typical restaurants...
Un coin sympa d'Arequipa, plus calme et plein de restos typiques, donc...
"View on the Misti - Vue sur le Misti"
The Misti is the highest vulcano next to Arequipa... It's best to watch him through a distant door, as it is still active...
Le Misti est le plus grand volcan dans les alentours d'Arequipa. Il vaut mieux le regarder de loin, vu qu'il est toujours actif...
"Misti again - Encore le Misti"
"Misti above Arequipa - Misti surplombant Arequipa"
Impressionnant, non ?
"The main place of Yanahuara - Place principale"
Nice place at 2400 meters above sea level...
Une place sympa a tout de meme 2400 metres d'altitude...
"Jesus had money - Jesus avait du fric"
Look at what he was supposed to wear, according to the local church... And it's not H & M's !
Regardez comment il etait attife, selon l'Eglise du coin ... Et ca ne vient pas de H & M !