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Peru: Arequipa and Colca Canyon

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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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 Bradley


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