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Waterfall at Cataratas de Capua, Arequipa. See slide show: Relax and hike in Arequipa.

By Morten Bruun Jensen

What to do as a foreigner living in Lima when Peruvians travel home to vote and you can’t get a decent pisco sour, chilcanito or chela in any of Lima’s bars and cafes? Well you, of course, take advantage to go out traveling, experience some culture and embrace new parts of this wonderful country.

A friend and I settled for Arequipa, a city I still hadn’t visited, allowing us to still follow the last hectic elections days in a big city so as to not completely lose out on a prominent, exiting, and maybe historical, event.

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Five places where to be happy (eating) in Arequipa
María Meza laughs mischievoulsy at a joke about how many times a spicy adobo should make you run tears down your cheek. "Twice," she says. "When it comes in and when it goes out." See slide show.

You can visit Santa Catalina Monastery, contemplate the Misti volcano, trek the Colca Canyon, head to the Majes Valley or stroll around the city admiring mansions and temples built and carved out of sillar, the white, volcanic rocklike material used to erect this city. But the ultimate experience, the only thing that will make you immensely happy is enjoy profusely Arequipa’s delicious gastronomy. Follow your bliss.

Text and photos by Jorge Riveros-Cayo

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At the condor lookout in Colca Canyon, four hours from the city of Arequipa in southern Peru. See slide show.

By Carsten Korch

Taxi Excel is parked outside my house and the whole family is ready to leave for a six-day vacation to Arequipa and Colca Canyon.

Forty minutes later we are standing in line to check in, when I realize we’ve forgotten the kids’ passports, but luckily enough, we are in time to call Elena, who is still at our house and  ready to jump into taxi. The LAN staff look at us wondering if Elena will make it, but I convince them she will, and they decide to advance with the check-in.

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