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Arequipa & Colca Canyon

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.

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Experiences in Arequipa & Colca Canyon

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.

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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