The second largest city and commercial capital of the South of Peru, Arequipa is probably the most striking city in the country due to its elegant historic center with colonial buildings built of sillar, a porous white volcanic stone. Dubbed as “La Ciudad Blanca” or the White City, Arequipa is the gateway city to the world famed Colca Canyon. Surrounding the city in full view are three majestic snow capped volcanoes namely El Misti, Chachani and Pichu Pichu with peaks reaching an average of 6,000 meters above sea level.
The Colca Canyon, twice the size of the Grand Canyon and 3,400m (11,150 ft.) deep is a huge valley carving out an astonishing massive break part of a tremendous volcanic mountain range more than 100km (62 miles) long. Located in Southern Peru, fourteen colonial-era villages which date to the 16th century are scattered across the Colca Valley, as well as Pre-Inca ethnic communities who lived in the region for some 2,000 years.
- Remarkable and striking colonial city center and Plaza de Armas, magnificent mansions and striking colonial churches with quaint interior patios and elaborately carved facades.
- Colca valley and canyon with Pre-Inca and Inca ethnic communities still living the old-age customs and traditions.
- Outstanding photo opportunities with the best views of Arequipa from the mirador. (lookout point)
- Exquisite typical Arequipeño cuisine, one of the most popular regional Peruvian fares.
Attractive city center and Main Square, baroque churches and museums. Choice of half-day or full day with added attractions (Arequipa outskirts, lookout points) and lunch. Half Day to Santa Catalina Convent.
Colca valley and Cruz del Condor
Ideal for a minimum of 2 nights, or at least overnight stay to enjoy living Pre-Inca and Inca culture and to admire the magnificent scenaries.