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Destination White City of Arequipa

Come and enjoy a city rich in culture, tradition and history


The Imperial Capital; Arequipa is one of the busiest tourist epicenters in all of Peru, offering its valleys of scenic beauty and its imposing Andean mountains.

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Explore the impressive Colca Canyon

Arequipa City

Aptly nicknamed the white-city. As you drive into this beautiful city, you are immediately surrounded by all white colonial buildings. Its architecture is primarily made from white volcanic stone called Sillar.

The city is flagged by three towering volcanoes. Ampato (6 288ft/ 1 917m) is the second largest volcano in Peru and the highest peak around Arequipa. The name of this volcano originates from the Aymara tribe meaning ¨fog¨. Next is Chachani, it has a lot of spiritual significance to the locals. It is believed to have the power to choose the sex of a new born. It’s a moderate 1-day hike to the summit. The summit used to have an Inca Temple that was later damaged and looted. Finally, the most well-known and famous of all volcanoes is El Misti. Its central to the construction of the city of Arepuipa which is located at the foot of the mountain. Enjoy a 2-day hike to the summit, for the best panoramic views of their entire city of Arequipa, its valleys and lakes. 

The main reason people make their way to this city is the Colca Valley. The Colca valley is where the world´s deepest canyon, Colca Canyon is located. The Colca Canyon is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Another popular activity is to hike up to the Condor´s Cross to watch the majestic Andean Condor hovering above the canyon in its full magnificence.

There are many other great activities to do in the city. Try the Convent of Santa Cantalina, where Spanish elite gave their second daughter to the church. Therefore, the church had about 150 nuns that lived there with their servants in very strict enclosures. Also, you could make your way to another viewpoint at Antahuilque. It’s a stunning setting with two beautiful lakes, perfect for a small picnic. The food is to die for, it has influenced a lot of the cuisine that’s enjoyed around the country, sample local dishes like recoto rellena, adobo or chicharrones. The best thing has to be the weather, it’s pretty temperate all year round, with temperatures ranging between 10-20 degrees Celsius. Rainy season doesn’t really get intense, with heavy rainfall only occurring between January to March. 

Arequipa is a picturesque and dynamic city with plenty to explore and discover.


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Visits to the White City of Arequipa

There are many places to visit in Arequipa, such as archeological sites, plazas and museums, and imposing mountains.

Colca Canyon Tour 1 Day

Colca Canyon Full Day tour takes you on a magical journey to the Colca Valley. Hike up to the famous Cruz del Condor viewpoint for the most expansive views of the Colca Canyon and an out of this world sighting of the imposing Andean Condor.

Later enjoy, a relaxing soak in the serene thermal baths close by. Visit an amazing National Park for interaction with the even more famous llamas, alpacas and Vicuñas.

This comprehensive one-day tour gives you unparalleled views of the Colca Canyon and the valley. Experience incredible fauna and interact with these amazing animals and the local people along the way.

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Colca Canyon Tour 2 Days

Our Colca Tour 2 days Classic is a journey that will take you from Arequipa city to the amazing Colca canyon. In this excursion you will discover a place rich in culture and traditions, breathtaking natural scenary, either crossing the National Reserve observing the wild vicuñas or admiring the artistically elaborated terraces of the valley with its rivers, mountains and gorges. In addition; you’ll get stunned observing the spectacular gliding of the Andean Condor between the walls of the great canyon.

Our Colca Tour 2 days classic is flexible, allowing you to finish the excursion with a return to Arequipa city or continuing to the City of Puno on Lake Titicaca. We offer also a pick up from Puno city in order that you join our Tour.

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Colca Canyon Tours; Ultimate Travel Guide 2023

This post is about my experience on the Colca Canyon trek in Peru and how to choose the best Colca Canyon tour.

The Colca Canyon trek is not easy. The altitude and the steep climb in and out of the canyon make it a challenge. However, it is one of the best things to do in Peru offering stunning views and the chance to see the mahestic Andean Condor. One of the largest birds in the world.


There are a variety of tours available in Arequipa, but they differ in quality and activities. From one day tours that do not include the Colca Canyon trek to 3 day tours that include two nights inside the canyon.

In this post I will share my own experience on the Colca Canyon trek and some advice to consider when booking your Colca Canyon tour. Is the colca canyon trek necessary? How many days do I need for the Colca Canyon trek? Can I do the Colca Canyon trek on my own?

I hope this post helps you in choosing the right Colca canyon tour or to do the Colca Canyon trek on your own.

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