Peru Road Trip Part 1 : Leaving Arequipa

  • Christmas Tree in Arequipa District
    Christmas Tree in Arequipa District
  • Nativity Scene in Surrounding Area
    Nativity Scene in Arequipa District
  • Arequipa Country Side
    Views of the countryside in Arequipa
  • Arequipa Terraces
    We loved getting our first views of terracing in Arequipa.
  • Arequipa to Chivay route
    The trip from Arequipa to Chivay would take us around the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reservation.
  • Amusement Park in Arequipa
    Our son would love this playground in Arequipa!
  • Parque Coritos II
  • IMG_4835
    Squatter Settlement outside of Arequipa
  • IMG_4861
    You can see one of the many mining operations behind this illegal dwelling.
  • Saying Goodbye to Arequipa! Mining Operation view
    Saying Goodbye to Arequipa!
  • Amazing Arches in Yanahuara
    Beautiful Arches in Yanahuara
  • Volcano views from Yanahuara
    Pichu Pichu from Yanahuara
  • Herding Sheep in Arequipa
    We passed several group of sheep and other animals as we left the city of Arequipa and entered the countryside.
  • Unfinished Houses in Arequipa
    Unfinished houses in Arequipa

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  • Wow, I have never thought about a counting with the services of private tour guide in Peru. Sounds like an excellent idea. Yes, being on a large bus tour is not my idea of fun. And, I do not think I was to test my driving skills in Peru. #TheWeeklyPostcard

    • Sarah

      We learned so much more about the country with a private tour guide and car, both the wonderful history and also current struggles. The best part was making a real connection and the lifelong friends we made!

  • Anisa Alhilali

    A private tour guide sounds so nice, what a great idea. The scenery is really beautiful, especially the mountains and its nice to see more that just the big cities. I hope to make it to Peru one day! Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard.

    • Sarah

      If you ever make it, Kuoda Travel is who we used for the tour. They shared all of the beautiful history, but also a lot about current struggles and introduced us to local favorites and customs you won’t find on many itineraries. It also gave us the freedom to stop and ask questions a lot more freely. Hope you make it one day! #TheWeeklyPostcard

  • I wouldn’t mind a private tour bus for somewhere so new and foreign to me. I haven’t made it to Peru but it looks pretty! Thanks for linking up with #TheWeeklyPostcard!

    • Sarah

      Thanks! It was the best way to get to know the country and see some sites off the usual tourist list. #TheWeeklyPostcard

  • budgetjan

    I love having a guide in a country with a different culture to what I’m used to. An interesting trip! Thanks for linking with Travel Photo Thursday.

    • Sarah

      Yes! This trip was 15 years in the making for me, so I wanted to get the most out of it. Our guide during this part of the trip, July, was local and from Arequipa. She was so wonderful in showing us parts of the country we never could have visited or understood at the same level with a group tour or on our own.

  • Thanks for linking to #TPThursday. Have a good week!

  • Maria Ingrid

    A private road trip sounds interesting.. I will take note of all the information and advices that you provided here, so I can use it on my trip to Peru in the future..
    Maria Ingrid |

    • Sarah

      Glad I could help! I traveled all over the country so let me know if you have any questions. I’m happy to help if I can! I’m working on more posts so be on the lookout!

  • Edith Carolina Rodriguez

    The view of the volcano are amazing! Actually, all of it looks so fun and your pictures are great. Hopefully one day I find myself in Peru!

    • Sarah

      I hope you do as well! It was by far the best trip I have been on and one I hope to take again in the future. Peru has so much to offer.

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