The City Tour of Arequipa is a great way to get to know the impressive beauty of “La Ciudad Blanca”, A fascinating feature of the city is its many beautiful buildings made of a light-colored volcanic rock called “Sillar”.the White City. The tour includes sites such as the church and square of San Francisco, dome of La Compañía de Jesus, colonial homes, the Plaza de Armas and the unforgettable Convent of Santa Catalina, characterized by its narrow streets and different styles and famous in the 16th century. The Convent of Santa Catalina, perhaps the most fascinating colonial religious building in the country, was until recently home to almost 450 nuns. There is a good chance to see the sacrificed Inca´s children, they frozen and are in great conditions, they are in a museum there in the city.
A drive through the mountains and Volcanoes, The condors can be seen at close range as they fly past the canyon walls, and are the region’s most popular attraction. ‘Cruz del Condor’ is a popular tourist stop to view the condors, an overlook where condors soar gracefully on thermals of warm air rising from the canyon. At this point the canyon floor is 3,960 feet (1,200 m) below the rim of the canyon.
Colca Canyon is a canyon of the Colca River in southern Peru, located about 100 miles (160 kilometers) northwest of Arequipa. It is Peru’s third most-visited tourist destination with about 120,000 visitors annually. With a depth of 10,725 ft (3,270 m), it is one of the deepest in the world, second in Peru after the Cotahuasi Canyon and more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the United States. The Colca Valley is a colorful Andean valley with pre-Inca roots, and towns founded in Spanish colonial times, still inhabited by people of the Collagua and the Cabana cultures. The local people maintain their ancestral traditions and continue to cultivate the pre-Inca stepped terraces.
*1 hour flight from Lima to Arequipa, or by Tourist Bus from Nazca to Arequipa 8 hours.
Arequipa altitude: 2,400 mts a.s.l. , 7,700 ft,
Weather: The Arequipa weather is one that is relatively warm and rather dry, all through the year. Arequipa lies on the border of the southernmost tip of Peru’s Desert Coast and the Andes and hence enjoys plenty of strong sun with daytime temperatures rarely falling under 20°C.
At night however temperatures in Arequipa can drop sharply, particularly in June, July and August, when evening temperatures hover around 10°C and winds can pick up making it feel quite chilly.
Note: from the Colca Canyon tour you can travel directly to Puno Lake Titicaca just 5 hours drive, so you don´t need to travel back to Arequipa again.