About Arequipa

The department of Arequipa is one of various terrains. It begins in the coastal desert and then climbs the Andes, reaching great altitude at the snow covered peaks and at its volcanoes.

Arequipa, known as the White City for its beautiful white walls of sillar, a volcanic stone, lies at the feet of the mighty volcanos of Mount Chachani, Mount Misti, and the snow covered peak of Mount Pichu Pichu. The downtown of the city, placed on the World Cultural Heritage list by UNESCO, features Mixed Baroque churches and mansions from the Colonial Period like the Monastery of Santa Catalina, a Spanish city in miniature with stone streets, beautiful patios, and plazas. Sabandía, Tiabaya, and Tingo, located among the large fields, are must see places, and the irresistible Arequipa cuisine is the perfect complement to the visit.

Just 3 hours and 45 minutes from the capital is the Colca River valley and canyon, one of the most extraordinary destinations in the country. Throughout the region, you can see colorful pre-Incan agricultural terraces still used today for growing quinoa, corn, barley, and wheat. During the pre-Hispanic era, the department was inhabited by the Collaguas and the Cabanas; today, the inhabitants have learned to conserve their Colonial churches in Yanque, Lari, and Madrigal, and they continue to wear their traditional clothing.

You can also do many types of adventure sports in the valley such as mountain biking, trekking, and white water rafting. And, at the Cross of the Condor, you can view the majestic flight of the condors. Other places of interest in the department are the Toro Muerto petroglyphs, the Andagua Valley of the Volcanoes, and the Cotahuasi Canyon.

COLCA CANYON

THE Valley of Fire and the “Kingdom of the Condor, are among the many names that have been attributed to the Colca Valley. The river running through it has formed an impressive canyon of 200 km long and reaches a depth of 3.400 m. (Two times the Grand Canyon).

The valley has been inhabited since time immemorial by the Andean people witness to their presence are the petroglyphs and pre-historic tools that can be seen from the road.

The Collahuas and Cabanas, Pre-Inca communities with a high degree of development in agricultural irrigation system built over 8,000 hectares of terraces to irrigate the land while preventing soil erosion.

Today has been more than 1,400 years since its construction, these terraces are still in operation, allowing the planting of potatoes (variety Canchan), 32 varieties of corn, 12 to 54 beans and quinoa, and other products for consumption by residents of the region.

The Colca Canyon, located in the Province of Caylloma, has more than 100 km in length and its depth of several kilometers starts after reaching Chivay deepest point at 3400 meters. He is considered the deepest in the world.

Colca area is very conducive to Adventure Tourism Practice (Canoeing, Kayaking, Trekking).