Arequipa Puno Travel Facts and Tips: Find Some Important Information About These Destinations
Arequipa Puno Travel Facts and Tips–If go Arequipa its must-see place is Colca Canyon, which ranks in the top three on two counts: not only is it one of the three deepest canyons on Earth, but it’s also one of the three most-visited destinations of Peru. With breath-taking scenery, many hiking opportunities, and exotic wildlife, it’s no great mystery why this canyon is so popular. Arequipa is surrounded by volcanoes. This is apparent in the walls of its streets, buildings, and churches; in the wonderful geography that has created a fertile valley and one of the world’s deepest canyons. Imagine yourself enjoying the warm waters of a thermal pool as you look out towards green mountains crowned with perpetual snows.
Arequipa is a place you won’t want to leave, thanks to its unique cuisine, its history, and its marvelous cordiality. Arequipa, the legendary White City, where its noble history can be felt in the air, beneath the eternal watchful gaze of its volcanoes. Colca Canyon, one of the world’s deepest canyons: Colca Canyon, home and realm of the condor, the undisputed lord of these incredibly blue skies. Like all lords, the condor is rarely seen. But suddenly, as if from nowhere, it can soar past, almost touching the observer. At other times, it will only allow itself to be seen from a distance, like a tiny black dot above the mountains.
Unmissable Places in Arequipa: Any of the following places can be customized upon your interest, talk to your Peru Summit Adventures tailor-made tours specialist for further details.
- Monasterio de Santa Catalina: This convent shouldn’t be missed, even if you’ve overdosed on colonial edifices. It occupies a whole block and guarded by imposing high walls, it is one of the most fascinating religious buildings in Peru from the Spanish times.
- Museo Santuarios Andinos: A museum that’s dedicated to preserving the body of a frozen mummy, and it’s compulsory to include it on your tour. The mummy was named as Juanita during its discovery, the 12-year-old Inca girl sacrificed to the gods in the 1450s and now eerily preserved in a glass refrigerator.
- Colca Canyon: A place that allures a lot of visitors, this canyon is the second deepest in the world and the deepest for the country. Colca Canyon offers breath-leaving landscapes, archaeological remains, small colonial villages and the most interesting and important is the flight of the Andean condors at sunrise with the reflection of the low sun and blue sky.
- Yanahuara: A tranquil neighborhood that offers pleasant walkable activities, with a mirador (lookout) as its centerpiece providing excellent vistas of Arequipa and El Misti (mountain) through arches inscribed with poetry.
- The City Center: The Heart of the White City is considered one of the most beautiful squares in Peru and all of Latin America, surrounded by Cathedral to the north, Three Portals to the east, south, and west, Jesuit Church to the southeast and center to the main square with its beautiful three-plate bronze fountain crowned with the figure of a soldier of the sixteenth century, an obligatory place to go to roam.
Lake Titicaca in Puno
According to legend, everything started in Lake Titicaca when Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo (the founders of the Incan empire) emerged from this lake to move towards the north to reach Cusco valley led by their god the sun, where they founded the Inca dynasty.
Puno is the state that owns this lake, where every breath of air you take will make you part of its history and the incredible natural landscapes that include majestic Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake. Puno is well known for its kind people and the joyfulness of their festivities, dances, and rituals. In Puno, traditions are expressed in celebrations that explode into fiestas every day of the year so the name is the capital of Peru’s folkloric tradition.
Unmissable places: Any of the following places can be customized upon your interest, talk to your Peru Summit Adventures tailor-made tours specialist for further details.
- Amantani Island: On Amantani Island time seems to have stopped to calmly contemplate the farming activities of these islanders, the heirs to the legacy of their Aymara ancestors, this place offers breath-leaving views in every direction. Local families have fitted out their houses to receive overnight guests, so this is a perfect place for travelers to experience local living, early mornings shows the fields bordered with eucalyptus trees and filled with the typical Kantu flowers of Lake Titicaca.
- Uros Floating Islands: The fairytale-like Uros Islands are made entirely from totora reeds–the lives of the locals of these hand-made islands are entirely dependent upon the reed beds they live among. Totora reeds were first used by pre-Incan cultures around this lake to make their boats (these vessels are used for fishing) and build these islands and homes.
- Taquile Island: A very charming island where everything is lived intensely, where the history that has survived in the collective memory of its people is expressed in wonderful weavings, true works of art admired throughout the world. On their textiles, the local weavers depict their belief systems and culture, in complex designs that pay homage to the richness of their ancestral heritage. Travellers can explore the island’s trails and visit ancient agricultural terraces and the vestiges of Inca ceremonial sites.
- Chullpas de Sillustani (Mausoleum Tombs): This is a hidden gem of Puno, just fewer travellers go. The eternal resting place of the high plain’s nobility, the imposing chullpas of Sillustani stand on the shores of Lake Umayo, in Puno province. Built from perfectly fitted stone blocks in the form of an inverted cone or ashlar, these burial towers are up to twelve meters tall.