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Altitude Sickness Here We Come!


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After a bumpy night on the bus we arrived in Arequipa, where we reluctantly got off the bus and straight on to another, thankfully it was for only 25 minutes to get us to our hotel. As it was only 8am we weren’t able to check in, so off we went into the town to find breakfast. After a good feed and some well needed tea to wake us up, we went for a short walking tour of the main square and to a local market.

At the market we got to taste some of the weird and wonderful local fruits from Peru, none of which we remember the names of, but they were mostly all nice. At the market we also found cheese and the most amazing fresh olives (our kryptonite) so we bought ½ kilo of olives and ½ a wheel of cheese and headed back to the hotel to play cards and feast on our market purchases. 5 hours later, Lynden and his new found drinking buddy Shane were still sat playing cards and drinking the local bottle shop dry.

Arequpia is 2335m above sea level and surrounded by 3 gigantic volcanoes - Misti (which is 5,822m above sea level) and mount Chachani and Pichu Pichu, which means the air is considerably thinner here and we all started to experience our first taste of what altitude sicknesses may be like. At the moment, we are finding we have to occasionally take deeper breaths and walking and talking takes a bit of effort. So going for a run was never going to be an easy thing, I managed 2km but had to call it quits after that due to the thin air and the streets being so busy with locals.

That evening we all headed to a local ‘potato restaurant’, where we got to eat 7 different types of potato (Peru produces around 3500 different varieties), Lynden also tried alpaca for the first time…I stuck with chicken.

As soon as we got back from dinner, everyone headed straight to bed to get a good nights sleep, as we had an early start the next morning to make our way up to Chivay for Colca Canyon.

Posted by sdyzart 17:11 Archived in Peru Tagged markets honeymoon peru arequipa potatoes southamerica mrandmrs

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