To talk about Arequipa is to talk about strength and will, of the courage of its people, its customs, traditions and fields. A city that is known for its lights and shadows, symbol of the conquest and of the hard struggle for prosperity, as well as for its history that is based on the ahslar stone, that with its perfect white color makes contrast with the blue of the sky that is witness of its great deeds. The surrounding volcanoes are there as jealous guardians of the city and the difficult road around the surrounding river that seems to roar like the “Lion of the South”, is nothing else but the road to development that goes through the mountains, ravines, cannons, fertile valleys and desserts moving all towards the cold waters of its rich sea.
To go inside the magic spirit of the White City is always an enriching experience that seems to be endless, as it waits us always with a new secret to be found; either by its millenary cultural wealth or the flavor of its typical dishes.
The Arequipeño has an extraordinary capacity in the culinary art, each dish prepared and presented contains history, present and future, prepared with exotic ingredients, and with flavors and names full of ancient tradition.
COLCA CANYON & VALLEY
A never-ending destination that combines natural riches, living history, and adventure sports like canoeing, mountain biking, mountaineering, hiking, and horse-riding. The canyon is 3,400 metres deep. Along the length of the valley there are fourteen colonial towns, where it is possible to see extraordinary examples of civil and religious architecture, stone houses with thatched roofs, and temples such as those of the Lari, Yanque, Cabanoconde, and Sibayo, which constitute true masterpieces of Mestizo Baroque art. At the top of the canyon there are scenic viewpoints placed strategically to allow visitors to admire the landscape and the flight of the majestic condor.