It is finally time to share some of my impressions from the Peru trip I took with my sister. This is the second post in my ‘Peru Travel’-series following our adventures and showing the different places we visited. The first post in the series showed our itinerary and gives a more general look at our trip. For this post, I decided to write about the cities Arequipa and Cusco because we stayed in these places for the longest time and got to know the cities better than most other places.
Arequipa is the beautiful ‘white city’ in the south of Peru and quite different from most other Peruvian cities when it comes to architecture. I loved the romantic look of the colonial architecture which the white volcano stones and marble. The charming aesthetic made for perfect photo motives.
We stayed here for a few days and mostly got lost in the small streets and explored the local cuisine. I am especially fond of the ‘cheese ice cream’ which contrary to its name does not taste like cheese but is a creamier variation of Peruvian ice cream. Just wandering around the city and visiting the local markets was enchanting enough to make us prolong our stay there. We were also planning to go up Misti a volcano in the area. However, we decided against this since it is very strenuous and the view not too spectacular.
We were also planning to go up Misti a volcano in the area. However, we decided against this since it is very strenuous and the view not too spectacular. If you are interested, there a lot of different tours being offered in most bigger cities.
Cusco is often referred to as the cultural capital of Peru. It used to be the centre of the Inca empire and still has a lot of cultural value. There is a lot of tourism because Cusco is often used as a layover to Machu Picchu. It is definitely worth staying in Cusco for a few days and getting to know the city and its originalities. An example is the local food, offered in the many markets, which is very affordable and delicious. Most meals include two courses including a soup and one meal. You can expect to find menus with a lot of avocado, potatoes and rice for as little as 5 soles.
We also took the chance to get several fresh fruit juices from the markets and to check out the local production of traditional fabrics.
I hope you enjoyed this travel diary and get inspired!