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Gaze down majestic cliffs on your Colca travel observing an Andean condor, and experience your Arequipa travel with Peru Travel Now.

Escape from your daily routine and join this wonderful expedition in your Arequipa travel through its surrounding areas. You will be amazed by picturesque valleys, constructions in Colonial style with a personal touch, and a highly praised local cuisine during this option for you holidays in Peru. Peru Travel Now caters you also with an unforgettable adventure in our Colca travel packages. Having spent over three decades discovering secrets of this awe-inspiring country, our travel experts have crafted out the best Peru holidays you could ever imagine.

Arequipa is famous for its surrounding active volcanoes, one of which is the popular Misti reaching almost 6000 meters above sea level. The building structures made of white volcanic stone gave start to its denomination as a White City, a real treat for the eyes during your holidays in Peru. Amazingly its main square, Plaza de Armas, is considered to be the most beautiful in the whole country due to its Cathedral and surroundings in colonial style. Leave your footprints in this Arequipa travel at the convent of Santa Catalina, the doors of which were closed to the public until 1970. Be inspired by its charming squares and narrow streets. While in Arequipa, satisfy your palates with prawns served at its best. An Arequipa travel package includes samplings of cuisine that is unique and different from the rest of the country. Some of its most famous plates are stuffed pepper and marinated pork that you can taste in the best restaurants of the city, real holy places of flavor that are the highlight of most Peru holidays.

Continue your holidays to Peru joining our tours to the "valley of wonders," one of the key destinations of Peru: the Colca Canyon. Our Colca travel tour take you to witness the most extended terraces that allow local farmers cultivate potatoes, corn, and other crops. Travelers enjoying our holidays in Peru love taking photos of Baroque and Renaissance style churches, paying a visit to neighboring towns with their unique architectural styles. Their welcoming local inhabitants will warmly receive you in traditional attire, being a living testimony of traditions that live until now. However, the most important attraction of these holidays to Peru destination is the canyon itself. Be amazed by an extraordinary geological pattern, the scar carved out by the river stream over millions of years. Its depth reaching over 4100 meters attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists annually. The surrounding picturesque landscapes are so photogenic that you will not want to stop taking pictures throughout your Colca travel.

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One of the most beautiful colonial cities in Peru. Guarded by volcanoes and possessing a surprising gastronomy, Arequipa is the gateway to the magnificent Colca Valley.

Arequipa, declared as Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, is synonym for many things: prodigious architecture, great gastronomy, overwhelming landscapes, and, as if this weren’t enough, excellent climate year round. As you glide through the quite solemnity of its streets, houses and temples, you’ll find a piece of live history inviting to be discovered. Two things captivate all those visiting Arequipa for the first time: one is the intense white of its large houses and temples, especially when the morning sun bursts in the serene sky. The second is the permanent view of its three tutelary volcanoes: the Misti, the Chachani and the Pichu Pichu, guardian snow peaks that dominate the city and its green countryside.


SANTA CATALINA CONVENT
This immense monastery -one of the largest and most beautiful in Peru- is a true journey into the past. Edified in 1579 to shelter a reduced group of cloistered nuns coming from the local elite, it continued adding housing for its wealthy residents to its imposing structure, according to the nun’s whim. It functioned as a claustral monastery until 1970. Its narrow and colorful streets and plazas remind visitors of Spanish towns, and because of this are named after cities such as Burgos, Seville and Toledo. Its interior temple preserves diverse and valuable paintings belonging to the Cuzco School. You mustn’t miss visiting this site.
AREQUIPA CUISINE
Arequipa is capital of the prawn, crustaceans worthy of being served to a king, which are abundant in the rivers of the southern coast. Culinary in Arequipa has its origin and present in proverbial picanterias; popular restaurants located in the city’s traditional neighborhoods. Gastronomy is so important in the daily life of its inhabitants that for some, the Misti’s crater should be used as a giant burner to cook the tastiest recipes. Arequipa’s cuisine has so many terms that we would require a complete dictionary to explain them all. Among the most notable dishes you’ll find stuffed peppers (rocoto relleno), pork stew (adobo), prawn chowder (chupe de camarones) and fried ribs (malaya frita). The dessert known as queso helado, made from frozen milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and coconut, also stands out. Ideally, local dishes should be accompanied by an aniseed liquor called anis Najar.
COLCA CANYON
Colca is a land of wonders. Here, the majesty of the surrounding nature is inextricably connected to the hand of man. It’s a territory of smoking volcanoes, condors and vicugnas, where the ancestral culture of its millenary inhabitants-the Cabana and the Collagua-flourishes in every square inch. A true paradise for adventure and nature lovers, waiting to be discovered by those who dare to ascend the southern Andes and enter into Colca’s domain.

The famous Colca Canyon, one of the most profound in the world, possesses an average depth of 3,400 meters (twice as deep as the Grand Canyon). Perhaps the greatest attraction of this area, named by Nobel-winning writer Mario Vargas Llosa as the “Valley of Wonders”, is the spectacular system of agricultural terraces or andenes developed by the Collagua and Cabana in the enormous mountains. This system combines the beauty of the landscape and the utility of giant and efficient cultivation fields, based on geometry, architecture and hydraulic engineering.

Other attractions in the Colca Valley, and certainly not less impressive, are its unique villages (14 in total). They have maintained their original appearance for almost four hundred years, when they were first designed by Francisco Pizarro himself; conqueror of Peru. Their production levels were so high, that at one point these villages managed to concentrate an important part of the region’s economy, depending mainly on agriculture and the exploitation of the silver mines. Living testimonies of the economic peak reached during the Spanish occupation of the valley are the magnificent churches, generally pertaining to the Mestizo-Baroque style, and edified between the XVII and XVIII century. Many of them are exquisite examples of the art produced during this time period.

The Colca is also the best place in the world to observe the majestic Andean Condor, a species emblematic to this geographic area. It’s here in the valley and its deep canyon where this immense scavenger bird finds the ideal conditions to develop fully.

The Colca has always been a magnet for adventurers and nature lovers. In 1934 the prestigious National Geographic Magazine published an extensive article called “The Lost Valley of the Incas”. Thus, Colca began to occupy a privileged spot among the most coveted destinations for explorers. It wasn’t until the beginning of the seventies that the valley opened its doors to tourism. In 1981 a group of Polish canoeists managed to navigate the mighty Colca River for the first time, making this area famous and turning the river into a Mecca for fanatics of white water rafting.
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