Sprawling along the mountainous desert leading into the western Andean slopes, at the foot of El Misit Volcano, is the Peru’s second most populous and second most industrialized city, Arequipa. It is famously known as the “White City of Arequipa” thanks to its distinctive buildings of pearly sillar volcanic rock. Abounding throughout the Historic Center of Arequipa (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), their ornate “mestizo-baroque” façades have been described as intricate stone tapestries interweaving Spanish and indigenous design elements. By far the most striking example of the distinct architectural wealth of Arequipa is the massive neo-Renaissance Cathedral which takes up an entire side of the city’s main square. One strong architectural contrast is the vibrant blue and orange of the the 16th century Moorish-style Santa Catalina Convent, a “city within a city”.
Aside from its singular architecture, the city is also famous for geological and cultural wonders including the Cotahuasi and Colca Canyons, whose trails reveal waterfalls, pre-Inca and Inca ruins and trails, and picturesque villages and whose rivers offer an exciting challenge for rafting enthusiasts. In contrast to the city’s bustling modern nightlife of bars and clubs in the city center, there’s the bucolic green countryside with natural springs, Inca terraces, and a 400 year old stone mill, Sabandia Mill.
Gaze in awe at the depth of one of the world’s deepest canyons and admire its boundless flora and fauna, including the massive Andean Condor, the world’s largest bird of flight, as you trek through the diverse ecosystems of the canyon down to the mighty river which carved it over the millennia.
Tackle the three peaks of Arequipa’s snow-capped Chachani Volcano in a challenging adventure to the summit that will allow you to overlook the city and its countryside as well as the surrounding snowy peaks and volcanoes!
See the flight of the endangered Andean Condors at close-range and the scenery and vastness of one of the world’s deepest canyons in just one day!
Experience the beauty of the Arequipa Countryside, viewing its elaborately carved colonial architectural monuments of white sillar volcanic stone, natural scenic lookouts featuring the region’s volcanoes, rivers, and waterfalls, pre-Inca terraces, and more!
The volcano Misti (5825 meters above sea nivel), constitutes a fundamental and determinant element of Arequipa‘s landscape beauty. These characteristics united to the excellent climate of the region and the absence of technical difficulties for the ascension, offer the opportunity of an unforgettable experience that combines the exciting process of ascension with the full satisfaction of crowning the summit, to know the crater and from there contemplating the incomparable panoramic sight of Arequipa\\\\‘s city and his surroundings.
Arequipa known as the cuidad blanca (the white city), famous for its volcano Misti, gastronomy, architecture, customs and the Colca Canyon, located northeast of Arequipa, in the province of Caylloma, this valley has its training processes related to geological faults. Presents mountainous landscapes ranging from 3000 to 5000 m with steep slopes these lands are suitable for agriculture and livestock. Another feature of this valley is that it has hot springs, geysers (Pinchollo, cabanaconde). The canyon reaches its greatest depth near the Condor´s Cross lookout, a place where you can see the flight of the condor of the Andes (Vultur gryphus), one of the largest birds in the world.