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Arequipa and the Colca Canyon

Arequipa and Colca Canyon

Arequipa and The Colca Canyon

The ‘White City’ of Arequipa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, rests in the shadow of ice-capped volcanoes. A highlight of the city is the beautiful Santa Catalina Convent, a walled colonial town within a city, opened to the public in 1970 after 400 years of secrecy.

From here you can visit the Colca Canyon, with its rugged and dramatic landscape dominated by volcanoes. The Colca Canyon is one of the world’s deepest canyons and one of the few places in the world you are virtually guaranteed to see the wild Andean Condor.

The area is also home to some of the oldest Peruvian indigenous groups – the Collaguas and Cabanas. The landscape has been completely fashioned by the hands of the pre-Incan farmers, and to this day the land is farmed as it was 1500 years ago to grow indigenous crops including potatoes, maize, quinoa and beans.

We have handpicked a range of beautiful accommodation in the area ranging from deluxe private small houses, to lodges with private springs, to characterful and charming rustic accommodation.

Contact our Peru team so we can advise on how you can fit a visit to Arequipa and the Colca Canyon into your Peru and Galapagos holiday.

Where to stay in Arequipa and the Colca Canyon