Arequipa (Day 8)

Where Are the Condors in Colca Canyon?

Getting to Arequipa:

You can fly to Arequipa from Lima or Cuzco on LAN. By bus, it takes approximately 16- 18 hours from Lima. From Nazca is takes about 10- 12 hours and from Cuzco you can take an overnight bus that takes around 9-11 hours.

At 2325m (7626 ft) above sea level, Arequipa, Peru’s second largest city, is surrounded by the Andes mountains and lies in the shadow of El Misti Volcano.

Activities in Arequipa:

  • Tour the city and visit Monasterio de Santa Catalina, a 16th century convent
  • Raft wild canyons (unavailable during the rainy season between December and March)
    • check out Casa de Mauro for one of the most convenient base camps for rafting Rio Majes
  • Mountain bike around Arequipa and downhill volcano mountain biking trips to Chachani and El Misti
    • try Colca Trek- www.colcatrek.com
  • Climb the volcano or take a trip to the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest in the world.

Sleeping in Arequipa:

  • The Dutch/ Peruvian owners of La Casa de los Pinguinos, (singles form $20 and doubles from $14 p/p), a backpacker favourite, is a great place to unwind with comfortable beds, cable TV in rooms and 24 hot water
    • Avenida Parra 110 B,
  • La Posada del Cacique (dorms from $7 and doubles with private ensuite from $1). A comfortable option near the Puente Grau Birdge, this friendly, family run guesthouse has basic, high ceiling rooms and a sunny terrace perfect for chilling out)
    • Calle Jerusalen 40

Arequipa is a must do on any traveller’s itinerary.

    Backpacking Bex