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Day 30: Tuesday 4th August, Chivay to Arequipa to Cusco

Day in Arequipa followed by yet another night bus

sunny 28 °C
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We got up early again to catch our bus back to Arequipa. This bus ride was only 4 hours as weren't stopping on the way to look at anything; just toilet stops. When we got to Arequipa there was no hotel to check into as we we left the same day on an overnight bus to Cusco. However, we went back to our hotel we stayed in last time, put our bags in their storage room, hung out in their lobby and used there WiFi till 9pm.
We arrived there around lunchtime again, feeling pretty hungry as the breakfast at the hotel in Chivay wasn't overly amazing; not much to eat. The usual 5 of us went out for lunch, Steph, Clare, Ben, Callum and me, Jack wanted to ring Veronika as he hadn't had good internet for a few days. We found this nice restaurant with a great view of some of the 80 volcanoes in Arequipa.
Side Note: Out their 80 volcanoes, 2 are active. One is called the Misty Volcano. It is the most dangerous as Arequipa City is located at the bottom of it. Apparently they have about 2 to evacuate the entire city, according to the experts. Also Arequipa has earthquakes everyday, except they can't feel them as they are only between 2-2.5, they need to be a magnitude 4 and over to be felt here.
After lunch we went for a bit of a walk around the Plaza de Armas, where lots of festival things were happening, because as I mentioned, August is Arequipa's anniversary month.
Down one side of the Plaza was a crafting competition. There were lots of men with either a piece of white stone that they were carving, or they had fire welding tools and steel. Everyone was creating some amazing sculptures.
After we'd been fed and walked we head back to the hotel to talk to loved ones on Skype etc for an hour or so. I tried to also do a bit more on my blog and put up some more photos but I started feeling ill again. So I lay down for a sleep while Callum and the others went out for a Starbucks drink and gets snacks etc for our overnight bus ride.
They got back an hour or so before the bus left (with a caramel frappachino for me 😊😊😊😊), so played cards for a while before getting on our bus.

Posted by Maraka Saunders 17:00 Archived in Peru

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