Arequipa
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llama-mower and volcano
When we first arrived in Arequipa, it was unusually cloudy. After a couple of days, the skies cleared, and the friends with whom we were staying wanted to drive us around so we could get a better view of the city and its surroundings. They took us to a soccer field to see, unencumbered, the El Misti volcano, (5822 m/19101 ft), newly cloaked with its 'poncho' of snow. And here my wife and I saw our first llama in Peru--we hadn't expected to see any that day, since we were in the middle of Peru's second biggest city. Our friends explained to us that the soccer field keeps a few llamas--cheaper and greener than using lawn-mowers! Viva Andean landscaping!
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