Arequipa and Colca Canyon
Visit Arequipa, the beautiful 'White City' of Peru
Snowcapped volcanoes and a view of the Andes provide a stunning backdrop to the city of Arequipa, which sits at an altitude of approximately 2,300 meters. This southern city is the second largest in Peru, and captures attention for the beauty of its landscape and the fiercely independent spirit of its people.
Things To Do In Arequipa
Peru's second largest city is perhaps most famous for its adventure tourism-hikes through Colca Canyon, climbs up El Misti, and white water rafting down the Rio Chili. But the city itself has plenty to offer more laid back travelers, as well as adrenaline junkies looking for a different kind of adventure.
Plumbing The Depths Of The Colca Canyon
Second only in depth to the neighboring Cotahausi Canyon, the crater-like surfaces of the Colca Canyon will appeal to adventure travellers, nature lovers, and birders alike. Here, you can cross paths with the Condor, one of the Inca's most sacred animals, trek your way down and back up the canyon's dusted, sparse terrain, and pass an afternoon bathing in naturally-occurring hot springs to refresh your overworked muscles.
How To Get To The Colca Canyon
Arequipa is the gateway to southern Peru's highest peaks and deepest canyons. Most notably, the city is located approximately a half-day's journey from the world's second deepest canyon, Colca Canyon. It is there you'll have the fantastic opportunity to see the regional flora and fauna-condors, flamingoes, and vicuñas - and to test your physical stamina on a multi-day trek through the canyon.