The City Surrended by Volcanoes
The most particular thing about Arequipa is that it is surrended by three volcanos: the Misti (the most impressive one, with 5,822 meters above sea level), the Chachani (6,075 m.a.s.l.) and the Pichu Pichu (5,664 m.a.s.l).
The presence of this volcanoes have been determining for the life of Arequipa. Their white lavastone, named ashlar (or "sillar" in Spanish) have been used for building houses, churches and others since S. XVII, and most of them still exist.
Furthermore, the water from the interior of some of these volcanoes are used for thermal baths with curative properties (e.g., the thermal baths of Yura, at the foot of Chachani).
And, last but not least, the previous volcanic activity of this volcanoes changed the life of the city while producing most of the toughest earthquakes that Arequipa has suffered throughout history. Now, the Chachani and Pichu Pichu are off, and the Misti is through some slow activity Observing the "smokes" of the Misti Volcano during my whole stay.
The restaurant looks pretty nice. The blue and white walls mash well together. The black spiral stairs is also fine. I tried the ostrich steak strips, couldn't say I really like it, but at least it was not bad.
One of the best places to eat typical peruvian meals (cuy, doble, triple, chicharron...). But I won't swear that you will love it !
An address, good, very nice surrounding, but expensive : Sol del Mar, Jerusalen (not the street of the center of Arequipa !!) 207.
Also a wonderful view of the Misti from the main place of this neighbourhood of Arequipa.
Une des meilleures places pour manger la bouffe typiquement peruvienne (cuy, doble, triple, chicharron...). Mais, je ne vous promet rien sur le gout ! Une bonne adresse, super endroit mais cher : Sol del Mar, Jerusalen (pas celle du centre d'Arequipa !) 207.
Egalement, une superbe vue sur le Misti depuis la place principale de ce quartier d'Arequipa.
Arequipa is a great city to walk, there are lots of interesting churches, palaces and buildings, and still is not like a museum, is a lively city with a vibrant commercial life, and some good nightlife.
Arequipa is beautiful as large city comes. We saw the sites the next day. Since there was a major earthquake recently, many sites were closed down and being restored. Therefore, I just got the same feeling as when I visited Puebla, Mexico, which also had a recent earthquake. I didn't spend that much time in Arequipa for this reason. I took a bus to the nearby Colca Canyon for a couple of days of fun.