It’s hard to believe we have been in Arequipa over two months. I really don’t know where the time goes and really don’t know how I ever found the hours to work full-time when I did! Once again, I will try to put some effort into this blog now that things have settled down a bit.
Anyone who visits this city notices a few huge landmarks as soon as they have been here a few hours, both natural and man-made. A series of volcanic cones dominate the city skyline; Misti, and the extinct volcanic groups Pikchu Pikchu and Chachani. The Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa takes up one complete side of the massive Plaza de Armas, the main city square. Its twin towers are visible from many points in the city. But the massive Santa Catalina Monastery has occupied an entire city block since the 17th century. The original structure was started in 1579.
It is literally a five-minute walk from our condo and on our daily trek to check out what is happening in the Plaza de Armas. We have been walking by the place every day since we arrived and finally took a couple of hour to check it out. It was well worth it. It really is a city in a city. Read More