Arequipa and Colca Canyon , Peru

Arequipa and Colca Canyon Peru Travel Itineraries and Places to Stay

Arequipa is Peru's second largest city and was founded in 1540. The buildings in the center have been built almost exclusively of the volcanic material called 'sillar,' a white, porous rock, giving Arequipa its nickname of 'The White City'.

The place is tranquil yet delightful, all set in a rich green valley at the foot of the mighty El Misti Volcano.

Located in the southern region of Arequipa in Peru, Colca Canyon is known as one of the world’s deepest canyons and measures 4,160 meters in depth. The valley also offers a wide range of ecological zones that are home to numerous exotic animal species including vicuñas (a wild relative of the llama), giant hummingbirds, and flamingos. Human inhabitation dates back to about 6,000 years ago, during which time vast systems of agricultural terraces were formed. In the late 14th century, the Inca incorporated the valley into their empire. The population was concentrated into towns during the 16th century per request of the Spanish conquest. Most of the churches were built between 16th and 19th centuries.

Hotel Katari at Plaza de Armas

 

Casa Andina Select Arequipa

 

Itineraries in Arequipa and Colca Canyon

Peru Discovery: Rainforest To Ruins

Peru Discovery: Rainforest To Ruins

Duration: 20 days, 19 nights
From: $6250
Who says you can't see it all? Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, the Colca Canyon, the Northern Kingdoms, the Nazca Lines.
Arequipa and the Colca Canyon

Arequipa and the Colca Canyon

Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
From: $
Venture to the south of Peru and explore Arequipa and the Colca Canyon.
Andean Explorer - Peruvian Highlands

Andean Explorer - Peruvian Highlands

Duration: 3 days, 2 nights
From: $1500
A 3-day train journey from Cusco to Arequipa with a stop at Lake Titicaca aboard the luxury Andean Explorer Train.
Andean Explorer - Andean Plains and Islands of Discovery

Andean Explorer - Andean Plains and Islands of Discovery

Duration: 2 days, 2 nights
From: $1280
A 2 day/ 2 night train journey from Arequipa to Cusco with a stop at Lake Titicaca aboard the luxury Andean Express Train.
Travel Tips
Try to pick up at least a few basic greetings, directional questions, and common curiosities in the native language(s) before you leave for your trip.
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