Tag - Arequipa

Arequipa and the Colca Canyon Rush

Arequipa

After a great five days in Cusco, I headed a little further south to Arequipa, the capital of Peru for a brief period in the mid 19th century, and still regarded by many of its inhabitants as the country’s cultural centre. Being the birthplace of Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2010, helps to re-inforce their...

PotD: 53 – After the Last Supper

After the Last Supper

I’d walked around the monastery of Santa Catalina for a while already when I came across this table in a room lit only by a shaft of daylight from above. Maybe it was the faint memories of my Religious Education lessons at school or maybe the sense of religious devotion that pervades the monastery had seeped into my subconscious, whatever...

PotD: 51 – Streets of Santa Catalina

Santa Catalina

It’s hard to imagine what it must be like to live in a cloistered community but walking round the streets and buildings that make up the monastery of Santa Catalina give you some idea of the lives led there. Originally built in the 16th century for wealthy Spanish families to place a daughter for a life of service to the church, the...

PotD: 50 – Arequipa Cops

Arequipa Cops

I took the bus from Cusco to Arequipa and spent just a couple of days here. The town is definitely on the traveller’s trail, which helps to explain the presence of several police similar to these two Arequipa cops. I think they are a separate arm of the local police force that is there to make people from out of town feel safe and may even...