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Arequipa and Colca Canyon

Arequipa, Peru

Colca Canyon

I just got back from the Colca Canyon, I had a great time, the hike ended with a three hour hike uphill. It was amazing, the only way to get to the place where I stayed was to hike in. There is not a road that you can take a car on. I also got to go in some Hot Springs. They were great.

"The City of Arequipa is Peru's second largest, with a population of approximately 700,000. However, it has the feel of a small town, with the centre being compact and containing most areas of interest.

The city is located in the shadow of three giant volcanoes. Chachani, at 6,075m is the highest, but it is the perfectly conical Misti that draws the attention. Although Arequipa is in the middle of a desert, agriculture has ensured that directly around the city there is plenty of greenery. The barren hills clearly visible from the city form a stark contrast with the fields found throughout the city.
The main celebrations in Arequipa occur in August to mark the founding of the city in 1540. Typically, a dance exhibition, Festidanza, with participants from all over South America, happens. There is an enlarged crafts market at the Fundo El Fierro, and there is an interesting general trade exhibition at the FIA. There are also massive rock concerts at the FIA, featuring musicians from all of Peru and Latin America. The night of the 14th there are firework displays all over the city. On the 15th there is a mass ascent of Misti and a parade around the centre."

permalink written by  christyle612 on August 12, 2008 from Arequipa, Peru
from the travel blog: Viva los Peruvanos
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