Visit the Dazzling White City of Arequipa
The White City of Arequipa, in southern Peru, features brilliant white volcanic stone architecture, quarried from the nearby El Misti volcano.
Surrounding Arequipa is arid plains, more volcanoes, and, a few hours’ drive away, the Colca Canyon. This region is home to vicuñas, llamas, alpacas, fertile farmlands, Inca terraces, and tranquil Andean villages. On an Arequipa and Colca Canyon tour, visit the colorful Santa Catalina Monastery and walk around Arequipa, then transfer to the Colca Canyon, which is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the USA. Enjoy a breathtaking view of the canyon from Cruz del Condor, and look for soaring Andean Condors.Customize your Arequipa & Colca Canyon Tours
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Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site to see its colonial architecture such as the Cathedral de San Francisco, La Compania de Jesus Church and the Santa Catalina Convent. Enjoy also the beautiful view of the three Arequipa's volcanoes, el Misti, Chachani and Pichupichu. Then head to Colca Canyon and enjoy the beautiful scenery of this colorful Andean valley and spot vicuñas, llamas and alpacas in the Colca Valley.
Nowadays the Colca Valley also features rather luxurious hotels, all with great views and you don't have to go back to Arequipa anymore in order to connect Arequipa with Lake Titicaca. It is actually possible now to see the giant Condors flying over the canyon without staying in the Colca valley. BUT we strongly recommend that you stay at least one night! Staying two nights would make it possible for you to also - not only see - but to enjoy the hot springs. And don't forget, in this high altitude you want to move slowly anyway. Even so that your body became acclimatized by staying in Arequipa before, you will still be out of breath fast.
Enjoy a breathtaking view of the canyon from Cruz del Condor where you can also spot the giant Andean Condor. Continue to the village of Cabanaconde to have an even better view of the canyon and the Andean terraces. The canyon is twice as deep as the grand canyon in the USA. You can combine Arequipa & Colca Canyon tours with Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Nazca Lines to see all the highlights of Peru. Find below our tours that include Arequipa & Colca Canyon tours.