Browsing: Arequipa

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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

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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The author’s daughter, right, with a girl in Colca Canyon, Arequipa, Peru.
Misti looms in the distance. (All photos by Andrea Arce and Francisco Graña.) click to enlarge

By Andrea Arce

For trips in Peru, I highly recommend a visit to Colca Canyon in Arequipa. Last weekend my husband, our daughters (two girls, ages 12 and four) and I went to Arequipa, a one-hour flight from Lima with LAN. When we arrived in Arequipa, ground transportation was provided from our hotel, La casa de mi Abuela.

We had a light dinner (do not eat too much because of the altitude disease, soroche!). On Saturday morning my husband drove in a rented FJ Cruiser to Colca Canyon, three hours from the city of Arequipa. 

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By Milagros Vera Colens, El Comercio
Adapted from Spanish by Diana Schwalb

Touring the historic center of Arequipa, Peru, you will have a religious experience. A peaceful route full of history, stunning architecture and strange miracles.

Churches of volcanic rock in Arequipa, Peru: Travel the religious route.Renowned for its stunning blue sky, its towering volcanoes and lush vegetation in the valley, the White City encourages Peruvians and foreigners alike to come and see two ancient cloisters that now function as museums.

The itinerary may take from three hours to an entire day: it all depends on your interest and available time. The trip involves two convents that will take you to the past and provide you with a perspective of the beliefs of Peruvian societies of past ages.

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By Marisol Grau, El Comercio
Adapted from Spanish by Diana Schwalb

Discover Arequipa, Peru: The fog forests of AntiquaAtiquipa is a town so small that it hides in the hills of the coast of Arequipa. Only a large welcome sign at kilometer 600 of the Panamericana Sur serves as a confirmation for travelers that they are on the right track and if they take the detour in the direction opposite to the sea, they will find the town.

In the town itself, there is not much to see and the main attractions of the district are scattered around it. Secluded beaches, archeology and nature are the favorite options for those looking to satisfy their explorer soul.

Coming from Lima, we suggest you visit first some pre-Hispanic towns.

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By Rodney L Dodig
Arequipa: The White City in Peru
Arequipa, the White City, is another of the many must see places when visiting Peru. The city is surrounded by majestic volcanoes, fertile fields and minor canyons. On arriving in Arequipa you are struck by the dichotomy of a historical city center surrounded by a modern growing district capital. It is said by many that the old city is reminiscent of Seville in Spain and I must agree.

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By Álvaro Rocha Revilla

Caravelí, Lima, PeruAt 12 hours from the Peruvian capital Lima, Caravelí, in the Arequipan province of the same name, was lucky to survive and keep – thanks to its relative isolation – its splendid bodegas of wines and piscos. Other towns in the south weren’t so lucky and were pillaged and burnt to the ground by Chilean troops in the War of the Pacific. This year the town presented itself in the national pisco contest that took place in Lima and took first place for its exemplary pisco of black creole grape, called El Comendador.