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Around Arequipa

If you’re aching to get out of the city and into the countryside, or craving something a bit more active, the small villages near Arequipa present plenty of choices for you. Hop a bus to SabandĂ­a where you may visit a colonial mill and go horseback riding, or to Yura to soak in the hot springs. The Majes Valley offers wineries, ancient rock paintings and rafting. For day hikes, head to Cayma, Yarabamba or Quequeña. If you really need to get your adrenaline rushing, then hit the other white waters of the region’s rivers or climb Misti, Chachani and the other volcanoes.

By Lorraine Caputo

Upon re-declaring her independence at age 29, Lorraine Caputo packed her trusty Rocinante (so her knapsack's called) and began...

12 Apr 2012

By Lorraine Caputo

Upon re-declaring her independence at age 29, Lorraine Caputo packed her trusty Rocinante (so her knapsack's called) and began...

08 May 2012

Things to do in Around Arequipa

Molino de SabandĂ­a

109634This centuries-old mill, powered by a nearby waterfall, is in operation, grinding grains and flours, after being restored in 1973. This historical landmark is worth visiting both for its historical ...
Cultural Tour
Around Arequipa, Arequipa, Peru


103488Misti (5,828 m/19,000 ft) is the closest volcano to Arequipa, only 17 kilometers (10.5 mi) away. Its nearly perfect cone offers a fairly straightforward opportunity to summit a high peak, but its ...
Hiking, Trekking, Climbing
Around Arequipa, Arequipa, Peru

Toro Muerto petroglyphs

Stretching 200 meters (652 feet) wide for about 2 kilometers (1.2 miles), the impressive Petroglifos de Toro Muerto is one of the largest collections of petroglyph drawings in the world. Figures of ...
Cultural Tour
Valle De Majes, Around Arequipa, Arequipa, Peru


103489Less experienced trekkers and climbers seeking to summit a high-altitude peak should head to Chachani (6,080 m / 19,821 ft). Chachani’s rocky surface makes for more stable summit than Misti. ...
Hiking, Trekking, Climbing
Around Arequipa, Arequipa, Peru

MansiĂłn del Fundador

109629Its name in Spanish translates to “Mansion of the Founder.” The founder in question being Don Garcí Manuel de Carbajal, who was among many knights ordered by Francisco Pizarro to establish ...
Cultural Tour
Around Arequipa, Arequipa, Peru

Majes River Lodge

This family farm, located in one of the deepest canyons on earth, offers lodging and thrilling rafting adventures. The comfortable cabins, for one to three guests, have hot water baths. Other ...
Valle De Majes, Around Arequipa, Arequipa, Peru

Mountain Climbing

Almost two dozen volcanoes in the Arequipa-Colca Canyon region await climbers wanting to get a bit of sky-high action. Dominating Arequipa’s skyline are Misti (5,828 m / 19,000 ft), Chachani (6,080 ...
Around Arequipa, Arequipa, Peru

Coropuna and Ampato

Those with experience and equipment who are interested in independent climbs should look to Coropuna (6,425 m / 20,946 ft) and Ampato (6,280 m / 20,473 ft). Both of these peaks have large glaciers on ...
Around Arequipa, Arequipa, Peru

Aguas Termales De Yura

After trekking through the canyons or climbing Misti, your muscles just might need some pure relaxation. The hot springs (aguas termales) at Yura could be just the remedy you need. A handful of ...
Other Activity
Around Arequipa, Arequipa, Peru

River Running

144477The rivers that tumble off the mountains and through the canyons near Arequipa provide plenty of opportunities for white water rafting and kayaking. River running is best from April through December. ...
Around Arequipa, Arequipa, Peru

Hiking Near Arequipa

When travelers think of trekking in the Arequipa region, most only think of the trails winding through Colca and Cotahuasi canyons and the Valle de Volcanes. There are other opportunities, though, ...
Around Arequipa, Arequipa, Peru
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