Went for another wander and spotted a balcony bar overlooking a large inner courtyard. Joe managed to find some stairs to get up their and we found our first place that had a real wine selection and some craft beers that weren't just' same old' pils. Tilly had a local orange wine which she didn't like as it was a bit sweet but jane isn't fussy (it was wet and had alcohol in it) so she necked it after drinking her own Pisco sour. My beer was pretty good although at £3.50 it was more uk prices than Peruvian. We looked across the courtyard and in the other side was a model doing a photo shoot on the balcony, standing on the balcony wall wearing 6" heels with a 20ft drop beside here - obviously very dedicated or very stupid, not sure which.
Perhaps it's time to say something about altitude and Arequipa. We are at 2300m so not really high enough for altitude sickness but you can still feel the effects. There is always 20.9% oxygen but the higher you are means there is less air. At 2300m there is only 77% as much air as we're used to so you feel a bit breathless. Walking up a flight of stairs at more than a slow pace makes you breathless for example. Add to that the very low relative humidity at around 25% and you're also very dry so need to drink at least 2l of water a day which means we're all up 3 times a night for a wee. The locals drink coca tea (same stuff you make cocaine from) which tastes pretty rank and you didn't even get a high in the process. Nearest taste is red bush tea but quite a bit more bitter. One of the other effects of altitude is you lose your appetite which is something I never believed could happen to me.