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June 2022

Arequipa 2022 - Peru

with Colca Canyon hiking

sunny 70 °F
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Our trip to Arequipa, the city and the department, included a 3 day hike of Colca Canyon. It's the 3rd deepest canyon in the world. Part of that trip included, a bus tour to a condor viewpoint above the canyon rim. Then we hiked the rest of that day down to the river bottom and stayed at a lodge. The next day we hiked along the river and some of the fields to another group of lodges with swimming pools. The third day was hiking out of the canyon, a stop at hot springs, and then a bus ride back to the city.
What incredible views - it reminded me of parts of Colorado.

Within the city, we visited the historic Santa Catalina Monastery. What a great tour, with art and history and views of the volcanoes in the backgrounds of the city. We also stopped by the homestead and museum of the founder of the city, a former mill and farmland, and several markets. The main plaza in the city center always had things going on, and we did several roof top sunset happy hours there.

This city is also the home of llama and alpaca wool clothing, so we did some shopping for that. There are also several delicious restaurants to try, including a favorite: Chicha by Gaston Acurio.

Recommend:

  • Colca Canyon
  • Condor viewing
  • Santa Catalina monastery
  • Plaza de Armas
  • food & restaurants: Chicha, Zig Zag, Roma empanadas

Trip Map

Pictures - Colca Canyon

VIDEO: 3 Days Hiking Colca

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Pictures - Arequipa

Arequipa Plaza & city

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Posted by MurkTravels 20:47 Archived in Peru Tagged nature peru sunsets 2022 Comments (1)