Arequipa

Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Wednesday morning we took a plane from Lima to Arequipa, a short flight of 1,5 hours ... here our first views of the Andes ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). After arrival in Arequipa we checked in our hotel and had a first tour around ... here some volcano in the background. Arequipa is around 2,300 metres above sea level and this wasn't a problem for us ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Here the two of us at this viewpoint with the "Misti" volcano in the background ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). We went on towards the city centre ... nice, well-kept parks like in Lima ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and further on to the central "Plaza de Armas", just beautiful old buildings everywhere ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... some scene from that plaza ... shoe shining ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). We visited the "iglesia y claustros de la compania de Jesus" ... here something for Cynthia to paint ... inside photography wasn't allowed ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Next we had a private tour inside the "Monasterio de Santa Catalina", a huge complex which is still "in operation", but the bigger part is a museum now ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). It's basically a collection of houses for the nuns, prayer rooms etc etc ... here with our tour guide Veronica ..
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). This is a system to filter water; it's of porous vulcano stone and slowly the water drips through ... amazing!
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). We couldn't believe how big it was ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). This is the "washing station", very similar to the old watering systems on the fields ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). So after the tour it got dark and we had that view of the central plaza ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... where we headed to our recommended restaurant "Zig Zag" ... really good! We had three meats on a sizzling stone, beef, lamb and alpaka ... a great way to compare. Alpaka is a really good meat and we had it in different versions throughout the trip ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Next day we headed with our tour guide and the driver towards Colca Canyon ... but first it took us hours to climb up the mountains (we started at 2,300 metres!) ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). We saw the "Vicunias", the most expensive wool you can get ... a pullover can easily cost 1.500 USD ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Here's Diana, our fantastic tour guide and our driver who got us safely to Colca and Puno in hour-long trips ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Here we had a stop at a crossroads to get something to drink ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and other tourists had the same idea as well ;-) ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Nicely decorated Llamas or Alpakas (we still cannot remember the differences) ... the coloured threads identify them for the owners ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). ... and more long and windy roads ... amazing driving through those landscapes in the Andes ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). The long straight streches reminded us of Australia ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Finally we climbed the pass at 4,910 metres ... and we got the first idea about height problems, slightly dizzy and just not enough oxygen ... more still to come ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). So we went down the other side and had a first view of the Colca Canyon ...