Arequipa & Colca Canyon
In southern Peru, surrounded by soaring snow-capped volcanoes is Peru's second largest city, Arequipa, an elegant colonial town nicknamed 'White City'. Appearing like a mountain mirage against the dark charcoal cone-shaped volcano El Misti, its buildings are made of bright white petrified volcanic ash. Arequipa is the launch point for hikes and treks through Colca Canyon. Here majestic condors glide on thermal drafts over a gorge twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. Avid birders can also watch kestrels and peregrine falcons in flight.
Why we like it
- Majestic soaring condors
- Historical centre of Arequipa
- The white ash sculpted buildings
- 300 days of sunshine a year