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Saturday, December 21

Washington Post In Peru, Who Knew? - Grand architecture, ancient culture, inventive cuisine . . . Arequipa may be the most inviting city you've never heard of: "Unwittingly, I had stumbled into one of those untrammeled corners of the globe that travelers dream of discovering. During my week in this dazzling city, I sampled soup made of river shrimp and other local delicacies; stared into the eyes of a 500-year-old mummy; toured a magnificent 16th-century convent sprawling over five acres; walked beneath portals decorated with antique brass lamps crafted by Spaniards in the mid-1500s; and journeyed across the mountains to watch condors swoop into a gorge deeper than the Grand Canyon and every bit as breathtaking."

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