When Garcí Manuel de Carbajal arrived to Arequipa in 1540, he called the city “Beautiful Ville of Arequipa.” Since then, Arequipa has been the second most important city in Peru. Arequipa became the second most important city of Peru because of several reasons. Some of them will be explained in the following paragraphs.
Arequipa is located in a rich valley 7,740 feet above sea level. The city is divided by the Chili River and there are three volcanoes surrounding the area. Rafting at the Chili River and climbing to the Misti and Chachani volcanoes are recommended, if you enjoy adventure.
During colonial times many churches were built. These buildings were built out of a white volcanic stone. The art used to build the Cathedral, the Church of Yanahuara, La Compañía, the Monastery of Santa Catalina (built in 1580), and others will impress you. Most of these buildings are located in downtown where your hotel will be located.
Three hours away from Arequipa, the Colca Valley and the deepest Canyon of the world are located. At each side of the canyon there are Andean towns and millenary terraces as well as several natural hot springs with medicinal properties. On the way to the Valley, a vast amount of Vicuñas, Alpacas, and Llamas can be observed at their natural habitat. In addition, the Andean condor can sometimes be observed flying in its natural habitat. Finally, hiking towards the Oasis located in the Colca Canyon is available. The Colca Valley is located about 12,000 feet above sea level.
If you love food and the taste of great flavors, Arequipa is your choice. Arequipa is home of the best regional food in Peru.
Finally, Arequipa will help you to start your acclimatization process while you enjoy a World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO.
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