Peru Day 11: Mother's Day in Arequipa
And... in true Inca Trail hiker-style, we're still waking up at 5:30am!! Oh well :) Got up earlier than planned but headed over to the really nice courtyard at our crazy awesome looking silar rock hotel. Breakfast was free and very good - amazing jam and bread, yoghurt and this crazy molasses sauce, and that same puffy quinoa/cereal stuff they served us in Cusco. Awesome. Also, 2 fried eggs! Great breakfast to get us going.
|At La Casa de Melgar, Arequipa|
|Awesome courtyard at the hostel|
|Like a painting|
We then headed to Plaza des Armas. This (as Lonely Planet suggested) would be a way different experience than Plaza des Armas in Cusco (aka annoying tourist zone) and... oh my... it certainly was awesome and very culturally epic. It rocked. We got there and on arrival ran into this amazing Army march and band doing a parade for Mother's Day! So awesome. This was fun to watch and to take photos. Lots of nuns and locals were wandering the square as well, and it was a cool place to be and a great event to run into completely by chance.
|Mother's Day Parade|
|Parade for Mother's Day in Arequipa|
|Arequipa main square|
|Awesome architecture here|
|Lots of Pisco choices|
|FINALLY found Maracujas!!!|
|I bought a bunch of Maracujas and Tea, of course|
|Crazy city busses|
We all got separated a bit, so I headed back to the hostel for a bit of wind-down time. I couldn't plausibly let the Maracuyas sit on my bed unopened, but I didn't have a knife handy... so, in desperation for epic tropical fruit goodness, I opened a Maracuya with my keychain!! It was so good and sour.
After a quick Skype with Mom and Dad, I met up with everyone down at the Plaza des Armas. We tried to go to a traditional grill place but it looked like there was a private party going on in there, there was a bouncy castle and music?! But they let us see a menu and stuff so we were super confused. That was too complicated, so we headed back to the main square looking for lunch. I found a place called Cusco Coffee and grabbed a quick coffee to go. I asked for an Americano, con leche (with milk). The lady thought I was crazy... "Con... LECHE?!!!" haha I don't know why :) But it was great.
We found a lunch place, just a random pub-looking spot on the main square. It turned out to be AMAZING!!!!!!!!! I got Cebiche and it was one of the best ones I've had to far. It was so good. They gave us a shot of the cebiche juice to go along with it ("Leche de Tigre") and Jess LOVED it. We also tried another one of the localized beers, "Arequipena". It was good but Cusquena still takes the cake.
|Here there is "Arequipena" beer|
|This random lunch pub place had PHENOMINAL cebiche|
|Fruit market, amazing|
|This lady cutting up a massive mango for a fresh juice for me|
|Fresh Mango and Maracuja juice, so thick she had to use a strainer!|
|And then I ate the entire rest of the bag of Maracujas|
|Jess at dinner|
|Awesome Palta Rellena I got at dinner (stuffed avocado)|
|And, more cebiche!|
|Cash Money billlls|
|Back at our hostel, crazy tall doors|
|Interesing and unusual hostel room, silar rock walls|
|Bathroom in our hostel room!|