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DISCOVER LOCAL CULTURE AND TRENDING HOTSPOTS!
the volcano

The city of Arequipa is located right on the foot of the Misti Volcano, dormant, but alive.

GOLDEN FLEECE

Wild and untamable, the Vicuña possesses the finest and rarest fabric on Earth. Observe them in their natural habitat.

Local food

Try out the delicious ¨Rocoto Relleno¨, the ¨Ocopa¨and the ¨Chupe de Camarones¨, some of the best local treats.

The Andean Condor

Be sure to include the Colca Canyon in your itinerary and watch the Condor take a flight early in the morning.

THE CITY IN WHITE
AN ASTONISHING PANORAMA

On the foot of the Misti Volcano you will find “The White City of Arequipa” which represents one of the most beautiful urban settings in Peru. It has received its nickname due to the whitish-pink sillar volcanic rock that was used in the construction of the Colonial Center of Arequipa.

This city is home to beautiful panoramic scenarios, delicious seafood (especially shrimp!), and the majestic Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa.

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RISE ABOVE
THE FLIGHT OF THE CONDOR

The Colca region is home to the Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus), which, as an adult, can reach a wingspan of up to 3 meters (9.8 feet) across. They use their wings to rise with the warm air currents that flow upwards from the bottom of the Canyon. They glide up to an altitude of 7,000 meters (23,000 feet) and across hundreds of kilometers without flapping.

This place is no stranger to comfort and wellness; the Colca Hot Springs provide the perfect intimacy to enjoy the surrounding landscape. The water that boosts up from the springs contains doses of Calcium, Zinc, Iron, Carbon, and salts.

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Arequipa & Colca are located between the Southern Coast and Andes of Peru.

The climate in Arequipa & Colca is semi-arid, warm under the sun and cold in the shade. The rainy season begins in December and ends in March.

Andean Explorer by Belmond Peru Rail travelling across the Highlands of Peru
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WHAT TYPE OF DESTINATIONS ARE AREQUIPA & COLCA?

Arequipa is where you will find classic & modern architecture, outdoors, culinary arts, history, leisure & city nightlife.

On the other hand, the Colca Canyon is a natural spa itself where you can observe wildlife, the cosmos, bathe in thermal waters, enjoy nature and disconnect from the everyday life.

HOW TO PREVENT & RELIEVE ALTITUDE SICKNESS

The first step is a positive mindset, followed by good nutrition: avoid eating, before travelling and once there, food with high levels of fat or fried meals. Once in Arequipa, drink a lot of fluids (water, coca leaf tea & electrolytes) and rest for a couple of hours after arriving.

If you are already experiencing dizziness, headaches or nausea you should drink coca leaf tea with muña without sugar and rest. Resting is always the best treatment.

WHERE CAN I SEE THE CONDOR FLY?

The condor can be observed during early hours of the morning in the Colca Canyon at the Cruz del Condor observation point. Chivay, the lodging point in the Colca Canyon, is 160 kilometers away from the city of Arequipa and it is recommended that you spend at least one night there in order to fully enjoy this activity.

WHERE ARE THE MINERAL RICH THERMAL WATERS?

The mineral rich thermal waters of the Arequipa & Colca region can be found in Chivay, the lodging point of the Colca Canyon. These waters are rich in relaxing lithium minerals and maintain an average temperature of 80 degrees Celsius.

WHAT IS THE BEST SEASON TO VISIT?

The best season to visit the Arequipa & Colca region is between the months of April and June, because the rainy season has just ended, and all the plants and flowers in the mountains and valleys are green and blooming, plus, you get to avoid some crowds.

RECOMMENDED ITEMS TO BRING

Our travel experts recommend you bring the following items to Arequipa & Colca within your luggage.

Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, jacket, comfortable walking shoes & comfortable clothes.

Narrow passages within the Santa Catalina Convent in Arequipa, Peru

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