Arequipa Colca Canyon
Arequipa Colca Canyon
Arequipa Colca Canyon
Arequipa Colca Canyon
Arequipa Colca Canyon

Arequipa Colca Canyon

Arequipa Colca Canyon–Live the “White City” of Arequipa or La Ciudad Blanca. Lying in the shadow of three volcanoes, including the perfectly-symmetrical El Misti, the city was built using white volcanic rock called Sillar which gives the city its name, today the white walls volcanic origin rocks are still visible on the old buildings.

Guarded by not one but three dramatic volcanoes, the city enjoys a resplendent, of seismically precarious setting, earthquakes regularly wrack this region, the last big one causing significant damage in 2001. Fortunately, the city’s architecture, a formidable ensemble of baroque buildings grafted out of the local white volcanic sillar rock, has so far withstood most of what mother earth has thrown at it. In 2000 the city’s central core earned a well-deserved Unesco World Heritage listing and the sight of the gigantic cathedral, with the ethereal image of 5825m El Misti rising behind it, is worth a visit alone.

Pretty cityscapes aside, Arequipa has played a fundamental role in Peru’s gastronomic renaissance; classic spicy dishes such as rocoto Relleno (stuffed spicy red peppers), chupe de Camarones (prawn chowder) and ocopa (boiled potato in a creamy, spicy sauce) best enjoyed in the city’s communal picantería restaurants, all hail from here. Food in Arequipa is awesome! The picanterías (local restaurants) of the White City are the modern expression of an ancestral custom in the region that merges rural life with food and dining. These traditional restaurants still cook over a wood fire, a natural source of heat that intensifies the aromas of the food’s seasonings. If you stumble this city sometime in the future, you need to visit one of the local Picanterias, you’ll love its food.

Twice as deep as the Grand Canyon and the best place in South America to see giant condors soar overhead. Suiting its reputation as an outdoor paradise, Arequipa also enjoys perfect weather: more than 300 days a year of sunshine, huge blue skies, and low humidity–Arequipa Colca Canyon…Let us take you there.!

Highlights

 

  • Explore Arequipa and Colca Canyon whose colorful Andean valleys preserve pre-Inca roots, and towns founded in Spanish colonial times, still inhabited by people of the Collagua and the Cabana cultures.
  • Witness the local people who still maintain their ancestral traditions and continue cultivating the pre-Inca agricultural terraces.
  • Enjoy the best of it on a private Colca Canyon tour with a friendly and experienced local Peru Summit Adventures guide.
  • Stoke your culinary adventure with classic spicy dishes such as rocoto Relleno (stuffed spicy red peppers), chupe de Camarones (prawn chowder) and ocopa (boiled potato in a creamy, spicy sauce) best enjoyed in the city’s communal picantería restaurants.

Arequipa Colca Canyon

4 Days from $ 800.00
Activity Type:
Archaeology & Cultural Adventures
Physical Grading:
Light-Moderate
Service Level:
Upgraded Comfort
Full Day from $ 120.00
Activity Type:
Archaeology & Cultural Adventures
Physical Grading:
Easy-Light
Service Level:
Upgraded Comfort

Aditional Facts about this Trip

Arequipa Colca Canyon–This trip is designed especially for travellers who want to experience a leisure tour in the city of Arequipa, outsides of Arequipa and its surroundings; enjoying the colonial architecture, exploring the beauty of the city of Arequipa, visiting important historical places; such as, the Mansion of the Founder, Hydraulic-wheel of Sabandia, Monastery of Santa Catalina, and others.

You will love Arequipa’s food and restaurants, also known as picanterías, where the delicious aromas of the regional repast waft through the air along with the heat of wood fires.

Stuffed rocoto peppers, the area’s iconic delicacy, solterito cheese salad, white soup, pork crackling, guisado stew, and the famous adobo dominical all entice visitors.

And what about the desserts? Food of the gods! During your fortunate encounter with the White City of Arequipa, don’t forget to try the traditional Chicha Morada (purple corn juice) a accompanied by a delicious anise drink, Nájar, which eases digestion. What more could you ask for?

As well as this destination offers some great ideas for adventure lovers– Colca canyon, one of the deepest canyons of the world, where you will be in touch with nature and its flora and fauna. It is a perfect place to see the condors that are soaring around you, which is so magical, and it is a perfect hiking route to learn the culture of local people in this area of Peru.

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