Arequipa and Colca Canyon

rugged volcanic landscapes, colonial charm and pure adventure

Sandwiched between the highlands and the coast, Arequipa offers rugged volcanic landscapes, colonial charm and pure adventure for the intrepid traveler. One of the city’s greatest draws is its access to the enormous Colca Canyon.

Boasting an incredibly scenic setting in the shadow of mighty snow-capped volcanoes, Arequipa can be found at an altitude around 2,300 meters. The streets are dotted with stately colonial buildings made from the white sillar stone earning it the nickname ‘The White City’.

Thanks to its nearby peaks and fast flowing rivers, the area around Arequipa is an adventurer’s paradise with plenty of opportunities to get active. You can hike up volcanoes for stunning views and, for those who love an adrenaline rush, enjoy white-water rafting along swift rapids.

The main allure however is the spectacular Colca Canyon, regarded as the second deepest canyon in the world. The Colca Valley is an area of terraced farmland and charming Andean villages where ancient traditions are still maintained by the locals. Hiking, biking and horse-riding in the canyon is superb, with plenty of photo opportunities and a chance to experience rural life.

You are likely to spot wild vicuña and alpaca grazing on the slopes, but head to the Cruz del Condor viewing point for a chance to see Andean Condors soaring effortlessly above the valley floor.

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