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Arequipa is the second largest and most beautiful city in Peru. Tucked away on the altiplano at an altitude of 2,325 metres it was founded by the Spaniards in 1540. With a magnificent backdrop of snowy volcanoes, the cone of El Misti and the Nevada Chachani, Arequipa is a stylish city. Colonial buldings surround the Plaza de Armas with its imposing palm trees and daily life consists of street sellers, market stalls and the general buzz of a café society. The twin towers of Arequipa's magnificent cathedral are now sadly enshrouded in scaffolding due to their collapse in the 2001 earthquake, but are still an awe inspiring sight.

From Arequipa, we recommend that you embark on a trip high into the Andes, where you will find the lesser known Colca Canyon, which, at its deepest point of 3,400 metres (almost 2 miles), is arguably the deepest canyon in the world.  Unlike most of the Grand Canyon, portions of the Colca Canyon are habitable, with pre-Colombian terraced fields still supporting agriculture and human life.

What brings an increasing number of  visitors to the Colca Canyon each year are the Andean condors. The condor population of South America is unfortunately dwindling, but here in Colca Canyon, visitors can see them at fairly close range as they float on the rising thermals and scan for carrion far below them.

Enjoy Arequipa and Colca Canyon with Abercrombie and Kent. Our experts have first hand experience and will help you build your perfect Peru holidays.



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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Active Peru

Nights: 14 | from £5,945pp

Get active the Inca way. Discover the wildlife-rich Amazon Basin and trek through little-visited rural villages on the stunning Salkantay Trail. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Northern Peru

Nights: 10 | from £3,630pp

Enjoy the splendours of northern Peru’s history, culture and wildlife on this exciting 10 day adventure through Lima, Chiclayo, Kuelap, Cajamarca, and... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Highlights of Peru

Nights: 7 | from £4,450pp

The Land of the Incas welcomes you and shows you its greatest ancient and historic treasures on this 8 day adventure that will leave you wanting to return... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Luxury Small Group Journeys - Peru: Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley

Nights: 8 | from £5,375pp

An 8 night adventure into the heart of Peru, this tour explores Peru's pre-Columbian culture, rich musical traditions and the impressive Machu Picchu. Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Discover Peru

Nights: 12 | from £4,190pp

A magical 12 night tour discovering Peru's ancient culture and colours from the magnificent Lost Citadel of Machu Picchu to the iconic Lake Titicaca. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Casa Andina Private Collection Arequipa

The Casa Andina Private Collection Arequipa is housed in the former Mint House and is the most beautiful traditional house in the White City. A national... Find out more

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Casitas del Colca

Las Casitas del Colca is Peru's hidden gem, a collection of luxurious cottage villas with a fabulous spa, set in the peace and serenity of the remote... Find out more

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Libertador Arequipa

Set in a lovely colonial town, the Libertador has been remodelled, and offers 88 rooms including 6 suites all within the city's largest park, only 6 blocks... Find out more

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Luxury Small Group Journeys - Peru Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley

Peru

Save up to £375pp
Travel on this Luxury Small Group Journey – Peru: Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley on any departure in May and June 2017 and receive a £375 discount per person, based on double occupancy only. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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5% Discount
Book a holiday to travel from now until the end of December 2016 to Peru and receive 5% discount. This discount does not include Amazon cruises and mountain treks. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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The Hiram Bingham, Orient Express Train was another highlight in both directions which included Lunch going over to Machu Picchu and Dinner on our return to Cusco..absolutely fantastic.

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Best time to be there

Being such a geographically diverse country the weather in Peru is determined both by altitude and season. May to October is the best time to travel although the Amazon area is hot and humid throughout the year.

Fly to

Lima - LAN Airlines, daily via Madrid

flying time

15 hours

time difference

GMT -5 hours

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Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an infected area.

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