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Nestled between the three massive snow-capped volcanoes, this mind-blowing city in white stone is one

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Waterfall at Cataratas de Capua, Arequipa. See slide show: Relax and hike in Arequipa.

By Morten Bruun Jensen

What to do as a foreigner living in Lima when Peruvians travel home to vote and you can’t get a decent pisco sour, chilcanito or chela in any of Lima’s bars and cafes? Well you, of course, take advantage to go out traveling, experience some culture and embrace new parts of this wonderful country.

A friend and I settled for Arequipa, a city I still hadn’t visited, allowing us to still follow the last hectic elections days in a big city so as to not completely lose out on a prominent, exiting, and maybe historical, event.

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Five places where to be happy (eating) in Arequipa
María Meza laughs mischievoulsy at a joke about how many times a spicy adobo should make you run tears down your cheek. "Twice," she says. "When it comes in and when it goes out." See slide show.


You can visit Santa Catalina Monastery, contemplate the Misti volcano, trek the Colca Canyon, head to the Majes Valley or stroll around the city admiring mansions and temples built and carved out of sillar, the white, volcanic rocklike material used to erect this city. But the ultimate experience, the only thing that will make you immensely happy is enjoy profusely Arequipa’s delicious gastronomy. Follow your bliss.

Text and photos by Jorge Riveros-Cayo

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At the condor lookout in Colca Canyon, four hours from the city of Arequipa in southern Peru. See slide show.

By Carsten Korch

Taxi Excel is parked outside my house and the whole family is ready to leave for a six-day vacation to Arequipa and Colca Canyon.

Forty minutes later we are standing in line to check in, when I realize we’ve forgotten the kids’ passports, but luckily enough, we are in time to call Elena, who is still at our house and  ready to jump into taxi. The LAN staff look at us wondering if Elena will make it, but I convince them she will, and they decide to advance with the check-in.

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Villas in Las Casitas del Colca, located in Arequipa, Peru. (All photos by Carsten Korch) See a slideshow of the visit.

By Virginia Velasco

Peru’s Colca Canyon, located three hours from the city of Arequipa, is the third deepest canyon in the world at 12,000 feet or 3,670 meters.

After spending a couple of days in the city of Arequipa, we left behind the Misti, Chachani and Picchu Picchu volcanoes which surround the city and headed to Colca Canyon. We drove along a valley and through the Andean plateau where the Salinas Reserve and Aguada Blanca are located. Along the way are pink flamingoes, diverse types of birds and herds of alpacas and vicuñas. There are also ancient rock paintings not far from the main road. The road is pleasant and safe, up in the highest level of the road, we were welcomed by a storm of rain and hail.

Three hours later, we arrived to the canyon. First we drove through Chivay, a town with a wonderful church, stores, banks, hotels and a museum with small models of all the churches from the different towns in the canyon. The next town is Yanque, where close by lies Las Casitas del Colca, 10,700 feet above sea level.

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Biking down and around volcanoes in Arequipa, Peru. (Photo courtesy peruboliviaexpeditions.com)

By María Pía Barrientos, El Comercio
Adapted from Spanish by Diana Schwalb

Located in the Salinas y Aguada Blanca reserve, 55 kilometers from the center Arequipa, the inactive Chachani volcano rises 6,000 meters above sea level. Doing downhill on its rugged terrain is a good vacation option if you want to feel the adrenaline of an experience you’ll be telling your grandchildren about.

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The Plaza de Armas in Arequipa. (Photo: Nathan Paluck)

The frugal traveler writer Seth Kugel of the New York Times stopped by Arequipa, Peru during his trip from Sao Paulo to New York City. He ate side by side locals at a traditional picantería, visited the Santa Catalina Monastery, and was slightly grossed out by lamb head soup in the market. Read an excerpt here. Right now he’s in the Amazonas state, ready to explore northern Peru.

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