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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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Tailor-made holidays

We specialise in creating bespoke holidays designed according to your specific requirements.

Our tailor-made holiday service includes:

  • • A dedicated and friendly specialist to guide you through the planning process
  • • Our unrivalled knowledge of the region based on over 36 years' of expertise
  • • Access to the widest range of accommodation and activity options
  • • Your perfect itinerary, crafted exclusively for you

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Things to do in Arequipa and Colca Canyon

San Catalina Convent Peru

Monasteries and mummies tour

See Condors Fly over the Colca Canyon

See condors fly over 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

Directors

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