Rafting on the Colca River, Arequipa. Photo courtesy of Telping via Flickr.

Outdoor activities in Arequipa

With rugged mountain peaks, gaping river canyons and towering dunes all within a day’s drive, the White City is ideally situated for an adventure, and there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities in Arequipa. Here are a few ideas.

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April 15, 2014 by
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Go swimming with pink dolphins in the Peruvian Amazon. Photo courtesy of lubasi via Flickr.

Swimming with Pink Dolphins in the Peruvian Amazon

From rainbow-patterned insects scuttling along the rainforest floor to noisy troops of howler monkeys swinging through the trees, the Peruvian Amazon is teeming with animal life, and even the murky river waters play host to a surprising array of creatures. Piranha, caiman alligators and Redtail Catfish all frequent the Amazon waters, but for many visitors, the highlight is swimming with pink dolphins in the Peruvian Amazon.

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March 18, 2014 by
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Peru’s Best Surf Spots

Peru's best surf spots

Think of the world’s top surfing spots and you likely think of catching waves in Hawaii or tackling the point breaks along Australia’s west coast, but don’t be so quick to leave your board behind if you’re heading to Peru. With over 2,000km of Pacific coastline blessed with consistent surf and a variety of point and reef breaks, Peru is a year-round destination for surf enthusiasts. Whether you’re seeking out a monster wave or want to learn some boarding basics – here’s the lowdown on Peru’s best surf spots.

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March 4, 2014 by
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Day Trips from Arequipa

Colca Canyon - one of the most popular day trips from Arequipa. Photo courtesy of wallygrom via Flickr.

The UNESCO-listed ‘White City’ of Arequipa might not get as much attention as Cuzco and Lima, but the region’s dramatic canyons and volcanic peaks still rank high among Peru’s natural attractions. Many visitors use the city as a launchpad for multi-day treks in the surrounding countryside or excursions into the Arequipa desert, but if you’d to stay in town, there are also plenty of options for day trips from Arequipa.

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February 18, 2014 by
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Lima Walking Tour

Lima is a sprawling city. So sprawling, in fact, that after almost a week in Peru’s capital I had yet to step foot downtown. I set off to reverse that oversight with the Small Group Lima Discovery Walking Tour, which compacts all of the historic center’s highlights into one sightseeing-packed morning. However, as my cab […]

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February 6, 2014 by
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Meet a Guide: Patricia Valenzuela

As an authorized professional tour guide based in Northern Peru, Patricia Valenzuela offers private, custom-designed tours to some of the country’s richest archaeological sites. “Enlightening, Enthusiastic and Enjoyable Tours” is Patricia’s slogan, and she strives to assure that all of her services maintain the high standard of quality that have always characterized her work in […]

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January 21, 2014 by
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