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Peru: Arequipa and Colca Canyon

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On a fertile oasis in the desert of southern Peru, Arequipa - the White City - squats at the foot of craggy volcanoes and shimmers in the constant sunlight. The pearl coloured mansions and churches, shady arches, spires and unreconstructed grid of gabled colonial houses have a middle-eastern flavour. The small shops and cafés and flowery plazas make it a great place to relax, and to get accustomed to the altitude (2,335m) if heading into the Andes.

From here a lonely road heads 83km up through a wind-sculpted wilderness to plunge into the cavernous Colca Canyon, in the shelter of which pre-Inca communities built astounding amphitheatres of agricultural terracing which survive to this day.

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Things to do in Arequipa and Colca Canyon

See Condors Fly over the Colca Canyon

See condors fly over the Colca Canyon

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Our insider tips for Arequipa and Colca Canyon

Isabelle

Isabelle Mazille

Strolling round Santa Catalina Convent, once home to a cloistered order of nuns but now refurbished with cobbled alleys, miniature fountains, potted geraniums and period furniture.

Brian Williams

Brian Williams

Visiting the the Museo Santuários Andinas is a moving, haunting place; it is home to Juanita and other mummies of sacrificial victims found high in the ice-packed mountains.

Chris

Chris Rendell-Dunn

Surveying the view from the mirador at Yanahuara, a suburb of Arequipa, at sunset with a Technicolor panorama over the city.
Antonio Vaquero

Antonio Vaquero

Spying the condors riding on the early morning thermals at Cruz del Condor, overlooking the Colca Canyon.

What our experts say

Arequipa has a special place in my heart ever since I spent a year there during my time at University. It’s such a contrast to Lima: a well-organised, peaceful and compact city where you can wander independently around the flowery squares and cool off with a glass of the excellent Arequipeña beer. Don’t miss the market, one of the best in Peru.”

 

Sarah

Sarah Bradley

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