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Arequipa and the Colca cañon


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One city I hadn't had the chance the visit when I first travelled to Peru two years ago was the colonial town of Arequipa, located near Cuzco and not too far from the Bolivian and Chilean borders. The city actually reminds a bit of Antigua in Guatemala, as it is surrounded by a perfectly cone-shaped volcano, El Misti (5822m), and others called Chachani (6075m) and Pichu Pichu (5571m). The town doesn't lack charm, as you can attest by looking at the pictures below, but is also a good place for several activities like trekking, mountain climbing, rafting, etc...

Arequipa's main square with the cathedral

Arequipa's main square with the cathedral


Pigeons (picture with drawing effect)

Pigeons (picture with drawing effect)


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Volcanoes in the background

Volcanoes in the background


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The volcano El Misti

The volcano El Misti


First time doing rafting in my life, it's quite fun!

First time doing rafting in my life, it's quite fun!

  • Cañon del Colca

One of the world's deepest canyons at 3191m, Colca ranks second only to neighbouring Cañon del Cotohuasi, which is 163m deeper. There are several trails around and into this canyon ranging from one to several days treks and I decided with other people met in my hostel to go down and sleep overnight inside the canyon in one of the "oasis" and to get back up the next day. I have never been to the Great Canyon in the United States so obviously cannot compare the two places but Colca canyon is definitely impressive with peaks higher than 6000m surrounding it.

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Condors circling around in the canyon...

Condors circling around in the canyon...


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An oasis down in the canyon where we'd spend the night

An oasis down in the canyon where we'd spend the night


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Serious picture with Mike, Dave, Jacek and Jolijn...

Serious picture with Mike, Dave, Jacek and Jolijn...


Then crazy one! <img class='img' src='http://www.travellerspoint.com/img/emoticons/icon_smile.gif' width='15' height='15' alt=':)' title='' />

Then crazy one! :)


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El Misti and other volcanoes in the background

El Misti and other volcanoes in the background

Posted by manolo84 20/11/2013 04:01 Archived in Peru Tagged mountains cities nature volcanoes canyons english

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Voilà une joyeuse bande de fous, ça fait plaisir à voir. C'est le manque d'oxygène en altitude sûrement...

20/11/2013 by papa

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