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Arequipa & Colca Canyon, Peru

Arequipa is Peru’s second city but couldn’t be more different to Lima. Set against a dramatic backdrop of volcanic peaks it stands 2335m above sea level amidst a startlingly varied landscape. A designated UNESCO World Heritage site, distinctive local white stone features heavily and the centre oozes colonial charm. Stay centrally if you can, as it’s a lovely place to wander around in the evening, maybe stopping for a drink and bite to eat in the atmospheric main square. Be sure to take in the beautiful Convento Santa Catalina, particularly if you are a keen photographer. There is also a fascinating museum - Museo Santuarios Andinos which is well worth visiting for a very personal insight into the Inca lifestyle and customs.

Colca Canyon, Credit Byelikova Oksana, Shutterstock

Located at the foot of the Misti Volcano Arequipa is the base for visits to the stunning Colca Canyon - the world's deepest canyon, featuring Inca terraces and with incredible opportunities for bird-watching. The condors are especially impressive. Spot llamas, alpacas and vicunas on the high altitude grassy plains and stop en-route at charming little villages where you might catch a glimpse of the locals in traditional dress, performing folk dances.

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