My first stop in Peru was Arequipa, and my first stops there were the neighborhoods Yanahuara, where my AirBnB was, and Cayma. Yanahuara was once its own town, but eventually became part of Arequipa proper.
Highlights of Yanahuara included a morning walk up to the Mirador de Yanahuara, checking out the approximately three hundred year-old churches off of the neighborhoods’ main plazas and lunch at La Nueva Palomino in Yanahuara.
Arequipa is Peru’s second largest city after Lima. It is surrounded by several volcanoes, including one, Volcano Misti, which is still active.
Also, I came across this dude dancing on a street corner:
YanahuaraThe potted flowers reminded me of Cordoba, Spain.
It was the beginning of Semana Santa, or Holy Week, the week leading up to Easter, so people were selling these palms in the shape of a cross all over town.
La Mirador de Yanahuara
Plaza de Yanahuara
La Iglesia Yanahaura, built in the 18th Century (that’s the 1700s)
Iglesia San Miguel, also built in the 18th Century (again, that’s the 1700s)
I bought this awesome, and much needed, hat from the lady below, then I left it on the plane upon landing back in NYC 😦