Back in January whilst Lucio was still on holiday from school, we decided to explore a little more of the outskirts of Arequipa. Because of Peru’s vastness and geography, unfortunately the urban areas are so far apart that you have to travel a good few hours to get to another city! But being near the Colca canyon, close to the coast and not too far from some stunning national parks (not to mention at the foot of a volcano), Arequipa still has a lot to offer nature-wise without going too far.
We decided to take a day trip first to visit “La Ruta del Sillar”, then to drive on over to one of our favourite little nearby havens, the village of Yura. Sillar is the type of white volcanic rock that is found here in this region, and much of the historical city center of Arequipa was built using it, hence why they call it the “white city”. The “ruta del sillar” was quite a striking sight- basically the source of all of Arequipa’s volcanic rock! We spent a good few hours down there exploring, getting covered in dust and climbing over every possible surface like little kids.
After dusting ourselves off and exiting the sillar valley, we headed off half an hour down the road to Yura, looking forward to lunch followed by its hot thermal baths, which it’s well know for in the region.
Yura is also a really special place to Lucio and me: he took me there on a day trip on his motorbike before we became a couple, and it was over lunch before going for a swim that we really got to know each other (though at the time I don’t think I was really able to have a conversation in Spanish… maybe hand gestures did the trick?). We went back to that same restaurant for lunch, again before going for a relaxing soak in the thermal baths.
Thanks for coming along!