Hola all, I have lived in Cuenca Ecuador for about 2 1/2 years and just got back from spending a month in Peru. i fell in love with Peru, and as a place to live I'm really taken with Arequipa. The altitude is much lower, it's nice and sunny, the food is awesome, the architecture and museums are beautiful and I found the people warm and helpful. I also enjoy the plethora of natural herbs and shamans and taitas and being in an environment that has a lot of focus on the Pachamama and the connection to nature.
So I am having a hard time meeting/chatting/emailing any expats who have lived in Arequipa for a couple years. I stayed in the downtown for 2 weeks and didn't meet any expats. I tried to join the FB forum but you have to email the admin and they don't provide her email address.
I am spoiled by our warm and helpful community in Cuenca and I'm sure there's the same in Arequipa...so I hope this might lead to those connections.
Peru is so fascinating. I spent a week up in the North studying the Chimu and the Moche and that opened my eyes to the fact that there were so many advanced cultures BEFORE the Incas!