Almost two dozen volcanoes in the Arequipa-Colca Canyon region await climbers wanting to get a bit of sky-high action. Dominating Arequipaâ€™s skyline are Misti (5,828 m / 19,000 ft), Chachani (6,080 m / 19,821 ft) and Pichu Pichu (5,664 m / 18,465 ft). Ampato (6,288 m / 20,499 ft), Sabancaya (5,976 m / 19,482 ft) and Wallqa Wallqa (6,025 m / 19,642 ft) are some of the ones edging Colca Canyonâ€™s south rim. On the north side of the canyon are Sepregina (5,432 m / 17,708 ft), Bomboya (5,200 m / 16,952 ft), Qewisha (5,315 m / 17,327 ft) and Mismi (5,597 m / 18,246 ft). Coropuna (6,425 m / 20,946 ft) is midway between Colca and Cotahuasi canyons. Most climbs take a minimum of two days. The best time of the year to attempt these heights are May to November.While it used to be fairly straightforward to organize independent ascents up Misti and Chachani, several recent armed robberies have made it dangerous to go alone. For independent trekking, head to Coropuna or Ampato. Local outfits hiring guides that are members of the AsociaciÃ³n de GuÃas de MontaÃ±as del PerÃº (Peruvian Mountain Guides Association) are Colca Trek, Carlos ZÃ¡rate Aventuras and Naturaleza Activa. See Tours for more information about them.
Around Arequipa, Arequipa, Peru
Travel Skills: intermediate/somewhat difficult.