Choose from a variety of Arequipa tours to explore the magnificently preserved Spanish Colonial “old city,” explore the surrounding rolling green hills and rugged volcanic slopes, and venture to the world’s deepest canyons.
Located 629 miles (1011km) from Peru’s capital, Lima, Arequipa is Peru’s second largest city with a population of more than 800,000 people. UNESCO in 2000 declared the historic center a World Heritage Site.
Clearly visible from the main plaza behind the magnificent cathedral is the conical peak of El Misti Volcano, rising majestically in the distance. It is flanked to the north by the craggier and higher Chachani volcano and to the south by the lower peak of Pichu Pichu.
Known as the “Ciudad Blanca” or “White City” for the pearly ashlar stones used to erect many of its historic buildings, Arequipa also offers numerous trekking opportunities and is a gateway into the Colca or the Cotahuasi, the world’s two deepest canyons.
Cotahuasi is the deepest, fairly remote, and a favorite destination for hard core adventure seekers of extreme hiking and white water rafting.
The Colca Canyon is the world’s second deepest, and tours from Arequipa are very accessible. It is ringed by pre-Inca agricultural terraces carved into the steep slopes, and circled overhead by majestic condors soaring on the thermals. Colca Canyon tours will take through charming indigenous communities where you can enjoy traditional food and soak in natural hot springs.
For centuries, the “White City” has served as an intellectual bastion and cradle of Peruvian art and literature. (Nobel Laureate author Mario Vargas Llosa is one of its native sons.) The churches and museums are top attractions when touring Arequipa. Priests, artists and scholars are no strangers to the more earthly delights, and Arequipa is renowned for its distinctive and delicious cuisine.
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