Outdoor Adventures in Arequipa
Written by Viator, September 2012
Many travelers go to Peru because of the country’s proximity to volcanoes and the Andes Mountains. From Arequipa, you’ll have easy access to El Misti, a stratovolcano standing at 19,101 feet above sea level. Two main routes are used to climb, including the Pastores route, which begins at 10,800 feet and the Aguada Blanca route, which starts at 15,700 feet. While neither is very technical, steep sandy slopes make both treks physically challenging. Another worthwhile volcano climb is Chachani, the highest of the volcanoes near Arequipa, at 19, 872 feet. Usually tackled from the north side, you’ll need a 4x4 to reach the base camp. Climbers will need crampons and an ice axe, although because there are no large crevasses, roping up is unnecessary. Note that as each year becomes increasingly warmer, you may want to double-check the snow conditions and if these usual supplies are needed.
For adrenaline junkies who want to get their feet wet, Arequipa is home to some of the world’s best white water rafting. Many enjoy rafting the Colca River, which features rapids from class II to IV. If you’re looking for something more challenging, Cotahuasi River is said to be the deepest river canyon on Earth, boasting rapids of class IV to V.