Arequipa city tour
The sun is shining this morning and many of us breakfast on the terrace overlooking the hotel gardens. The view is incredible, across the valley to a high snow-capped mountain. After breakfast we join our two local guides for a city tour of Arequipa. We enjoy a view over the valley and irrigated agricultural terraces and also head downtown to the main square, cathedral and Jesuit church. One of the highlights is a guided walking tour of the Santa Catalina Monastery, a huge citadel complex including cloisters, passageways, living quarters, kitchens, period furniture and a religious art collection.
Some free time to follow and quite a few guests head to our recommended café for a "light" lunch snack. Unfortunately all of us, Furlongs staff included, over-order! The light bites are really huge plates of food and we struggle to finish. Hopefully we have some space left for tonight's dinner? We are dining in a well-known restaurant, renowned for good food, especially alpaca meat. There may be another pisco sour too!