Puente Bolognesi

Puente Bolognesi, or the Bolognesi Bridge is the oldest bridge in Arequipa. Parts of it are still intact from the original construction in the 16th Century (that’s the 1500s!). The bridge crosses the Rio Chili.

Check out the video below — what do you notice about the Rio Chili? What do you see? What do you hear? Are there important differences between the Rio Chili and some of the other rivers that we’ve seen like the Tiber in Rome, the Danube in Budapest or the Vltava in Prague? Would you like to swim or take a boat down the Rio Chili? Why or why not? What about the river could make it good or bad for setting up a civilization, compared to the ones that we visited in Europe?

Which of the GRAPES (Geography, Religion, Art/Architecture/Achievements, Political Systems, Economic Systems, and Social Structures) do you see in this post? Let me know in the comments below!

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Why is the river white and bumpy compared to the Tiber, Danube and Vltava, which were all blue and smooth? How would that impact people trying to use the river for trade or travel?

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