Sunday, February 14, 2010

South America Trip - Arequipa, Peru

Our first stop in Peru was 2 days in Arequipa. Arequipa's claim to fame is the unique look of all the buildings. The buildings are made of Sillar - white volcanic rock. The rock is softer and whiter than granite and gave a beautiful and unique appearance to the city.

In the middle of Arequipa was a 400 year old Spanish Monestary. The monestary is a city within the city and has only been seen by the public in the last 30 years. It was extremely colorful and filled with unique archetecture.

Arequipa is known for its adventure sports. We decided to raft down the Rio Chili to get our adrenaline fix and we were not disappointed. The river was running a little low, but there were plenty of class 3 rapids.

One of the best parts of the rafting was jumping off some tall rocks into the water.


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