Best of Arequipa

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Arequipa
Set with dazzling whitewashed buildings hewn from a volcanic stone called sillar, Arequipa is known as “the white city,” and it’s easy to see why local pride runs so deep here. Peru’s second-largest city has a treasure trove of cultural attractions, plus superb dining and nightlife. You can discover some of its secrets on a guided walking tour through the colonial center, and wander through the maze-like corridors of the enchanting 16th-century Santa Catalina Convent. There are also fine places to take in the view over the city to the conical peak of El Misti and beyond. The best place to be at sunset is the Yanahuara Viewpoint, perched at an elevation of 7,687 feet (2,343 m). 

Some of Peru’s most dramatic landscapes surround Arequipa, making it a launchpad for some incredible attractions. Previous kimkim travelers have taken the multi-day trek to the spectacular Cotahuasi Canyon, which is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. Another way to get off the beaten path is to visit the dramatic Añahuasco Quarry and see stonemasons in action. The fairytale-like Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve is home to snow-white salt flats, hot springs and a surprising assortment of wildlife — including llamas, vicuña, guanaco and several species of flamingo.
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Colca Canyon
Map of Arequipa, Colca Canyon & Lima- 11 Days
Arequipa, Colca Canyon & Lima- 11 Days

From the hustle and bustle of Lima to Peru's dramatic coast, this tour of Peru's south and Pacific seaboard is perfect for travelers with a thirst for adventure. Explore the colonial-era southern city of Arequipa, then explore the nearby Colca Canyon—the 2nd deepest in the world. Visit pre-Inca petroglyph sites, dinosaur prints, and mummified trees, then continue to Camana on the coast. From soaring Andean condors to the Paracas nature preserve, this exploration of Peru's wild nature is a must-see. 

Uros floating island on Lake Titicaca
Map of Essential Peru - 12 Days
Essential Peru - 12 Days

From the Colca Canyon to Machu Picchu, this 12-day itinerary takes you to Peru's major highlights. Fly over the Nazca Lines, some of the world's most impressive geoglyphs, before exploring Lima and the colonial city of Arequipa. Then visit Lake Titicaca, Cusco, and the Sacred Valley. Cap off your trip by walking in the footsteps of the Incas on a short hike to Machu Picchu. 

Colca Canyon
Peruvian Landscapes & History Adventure - 13 Days

Lake Titicaca, Machu Picchu, and beyond: this itinerary takes you to Peru's major highlights. Explore metropolitan Lima before heading to Colca Canyon and Lake Titicaca. Then, explore the colorful textile markets of Cusco and small towns of the Sacred Valley, hike the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and top it off with a day exploring the iconic citadel ruins.

Uros floating island on Lake Titicaca
Map of Essential Peru - 14 Days
Essential Peru - 14 Days

From the Nazca Lines to Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, and Machu Picchu, this 14-day itinerary takes you to Peru's major highlights. Fly over the Nazca Lines - some of the world's most impressive geoglyphs, then spend some time exploring the metropolitan city of Lima before heading out to explore the colonial city of Arequipa. Next, explore Colca Canyon, one of the world's deepest canyons, then head out to Lake Titicaca - a place rich with history, culture, and natural beauty. Finally, head to the Inca capital of Cusco and explore colorful textile markets and small towns of the Sacred Valley, and hike the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Uros floating island on Lake Titicaca
Map of Best of Peru - 14 Days
Best of Peru - 14 Days

From the Nazca Lines to Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, and Machu Picchu, this 14-day itinerary takes you to Peru's major highlights. Spend some time exploring Lima before heading to the colonial city of Arequipa to explore one of the world's deepest canyons. Depart for Lake Titicaca, a place rich with history, culture, and natural beauty. Finally, head to the Inca capital of Cusco and explore colorful textile markets and small towns of the Sacred Valley, ending at Machu Picchu.

Apu Ausangate
Peruvian Trekking Excursion: Ausangate, Colca Canyon, & Lake Titicaca - 21 Days

This three-week itinerary is ideal for avid hikers looking for a unique adventure. Explore the ancient Incan capital of Cusco before embarking on the 5-day Ausangate trek, a beautiful and off the beaten path trek to Machu Picchu. During the trek, you’ll discover the beauty and rugged highlands of the Ausangate region, hike past glacial lakes, and wander amidst herds of alpacas. After completing the trek, venture to Machu Picchu citadel to explore Peru's most iconic ruins. Next, head out to explore the colonial city of Arequipa, then travel to Colca Canyon, one of the world's deepest canyons. After trekking through the canyon, depart for Lake Titicaca to spend a few days hiking, kayaking, and exploring the region's rich history, culture, and natural beauty. 

Other popular travel destinations in Peru
Sacred Valley · Aguas Calientes · Machu Picchu · Lima · Cusco · The Amazon · Southern Peru · Puno · Northern Peru · Paracas · Inca Trail · Arequipa & Colca Canyon · Trujillo · Nazca · Chiclayo · Chachapoyas · Colca Canyon · Ausangate Trek · Tambopata · Mancora · Iquitos · Ayacucho · Ica