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Video: Exploring Arequipa – The safe and unsafe places

This is a video slideshow with some of the photos I took in Arequipa (Peru), while working as a bar “manager” and the Point Youth Hostel. These pictures are from several trips (exploring) and cover safe and unsafe places. I hope you like the impressions.

A great source of information about Arequipa and Peru is the Lonely Planet – Peru.

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Exploring Arequipa

Exploring for me is gathering the essence of a place, this includes places that some people may find irritating, annoying or not worth seeing. Well, I am here to experience the world in all its diversity and nuances. Here I provide you with my best shots from exploring the Peruvian town Arequipa – one of my favorite places of the world.

The fences of the neighourhood

The fences of the neighourhood

Spiked walls for security

Spiked walls for security

In my first days in Perú I was quite disturbed about seeing a lot of spikes, fence and barb wires. Now I think it looks worse than it is. Here are some impression right from the road about Peruvian security measures. In Peruvian towns it is common that certain areas are locked during certain times, usually these areas are also guarded. I never experienced any problems, although it can be quite irritating if you see it the first time.

Bridge Crossing

Bridge Crossing

The Eiffel bridge oneway today

The Eiffel bridge oneway today

If this bridge looks familiar this might be due to the fact that this was built by Eiffel – yeah the same guy who built the huge tower in Paris also known as Eiffel Tower ;). This bridge is really interesting, it is really long. Yet, nowadays it is kinda funny and maybe a bit unpractical. From far away it looks really impressive – and it still is – but when you stand on it and realize that it is one way for cars, well yeah… not that practical. They view from there is great, I could take pictures of housing areas I usually would not dare to walk into.

Working Peasants

Working Peasants

I also discovered some peasants working near the roads, they had a cute dog “watching” the area. I really liked this sideroad. The first time I went down it, I was a bit scarred and then there appeared several eagles. Later on I discoverted the peasants and could take some of my favorites shots.

Men at Work

Men at Work

Later on I headed back into more urban areas. There I found a large road, which I had to follow. From a bridge a saw a repair shop. They took care of a police car, as you can see from the picture the police is armoured. I took some shots of the workers to capture such an authentic situation first hand. Then they registered me and began waving friendly, hence I took some more shots. I prefer honoring the hard-working people with my time and attention, than museums or statues.

After I went along the large road up on a hill, I discovered that this was one of the local breweries.

Here is a video with more photos from Arequipa:

For further information about Arequipa and Peru, I can highly recommend the following book: the Lonely Planet – Peru.

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Photo: How to downhill a Volcano with a bike in Perú?

How to downhill a Peruvian Volcano with a bike

Photo: “El Misti”, Arequipa (Peru)

Answer: with a Peruvian guide, a Peruvian driver and 5 European Engineers.

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Photo: Arequipa off the (tourist) road

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Photo: Arequipa, Peru I did it again. I wandered off the usual tourist areas while exploring the area around my youth hostel. Bookmark It Hide Sites

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Photo: Peruvian Taxi Driver washing his Car

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Photo: Arequipa, Peru During my exploration of the other side of the river in Arequipa (Peru), I found out where and how the taxi drivers wash their cars. I was somehow surprised, yet how else should they wash their cars? … Continue reading

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