Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas in Arequipa

This is the first time we spent Christmas away from home in a predominately Christian country. We have been seeing Christmas paraphernalia in the stores and houses for months now. They don't let Halloween or Thanksgiving (which they don´t do of course) get in the way.

Nativity scenes are really big here and so are Panettones, a traditional bread. The same Chinese made lights, decorations, and stuff are here.

We woke up Christmas morning at 6:00 AM to clear skies so right after breakfast we set off on a short hike to view the snow-capped volcanic peaks that ¨loom over Arequipa¨ as the guides books say. We were rewarded with pretty good views and an invigorating start to the day.

All of the photos below are from Arequipa, the second largest city in Peru, unless noted.

Plasz de Armas on Christmas Eve. Christmas - Plaza de Armas - Arequipa, Peru

Nativity scene in Igelsia La Merced in Lima. The most elaborate I've ever scene. This photo does not do it justice. Nativity Scene - Iglesia La Merced - Lima, Peru

Display of Pantonnes.
Christmas - Arequipa, Peru

Christmas Eve Lunch.
Christmas Eve Lunch - Vegetarian Restaurant  - Arequipa, Peru

Strolling the streets on Christmas Eve doing some last minute shopping perhaps or buying fireworks.
Christmas -  Arequipa, Peru

Brass band in Plaza de Armas on Dec 23rd.
Christmas - Plaza de Armas - Arequipa, Peru

Our hotel is about 100 meters down on the right-hand side of the street.
Christmas - Arequipa, Peru

El Misti Volcano on Christmas morning.
El Misti Volcano - Arequipa, Peru

1 comment:

Crash Eddy said...

Love the pic of El Misti in the morning. Reminds me of IBM visit to UK, waking up for an early morning run, looking out the hotel window at Winchester Cathedral in the mist.