(Photos for this entry can be found here: Arequipa, Peru)
We didn’t end up doing Toro Muerto, as I was sick the night before (Inka revenge?). We spent the day cruising the city and snooping in on church services. San Francisco lit fireworks of some bizarre burning man-esque structure in front of the church. Good thing the church was made of stone, as some of them didn’t quite fire right.
We flew from Arequipa to Cuzco with some famous (not to us) futbol players and about 20 boys from the San Francisco catholic school. It was most of the boy’s first flight, so there was a chorus of squeals on take off and turbulence. It was a nice flight though, got to see a bunch of the mountains and terraces on the way in.
Cuzco is a very beautiful city, much more lush than Arequipa, which has more of a SoCal environment. The streets here are amazing, and the surviving dogs know to hug the walls when they walk around.
We are staying at Hostal Marani for 4 days, then it is the Inka Trail for 4 days, then Machu Picchu. Hopefully we aren’t too soft.