The Peruvian Highlands

Arequipa, Colca Canyon and Lake Titicaca

In the south of Peru, the two mountain ranges of the Andes open up, creating the Peruvian highlands. In this beautiful area, you can find the white city Arequipa, the Colca Canyon and Lake Titicaca on the border with Bolivia, for example. Beautiful places for a unique journey through Peru.

Arequipa and the Colca Canyon

Hidden between the coast and the southern highlands lies Arequipa at the foot of the El Misti volcano. Arequipa lies less than 2,500 meters above sea level, which means that there is a wonderful spring climate all year round, nearly always sunny weather, never too warm and in the evening it cools down. Arequipa is the second largest city in the country. However, this feeling is definitely not present when you walk through the small streets of the attractive centre.

About a 4-hour-drive from Arequipa is the Colca valley. The route to the valley goes through the slopes of the Chachani volcano and through the Salinas Aguada Blanca national reserve. Along the way, in addition to grazing alpacas and viscachas, you will see an impressive mountain landscape with majestic peaks and very deep ravines. The Colca valley houses the archaeological heritage of the indigenous Collagua community, including; mysterious cave drawings and caves which were used for the storage of grain products. The Colca valley is perfect for hikers and nature lovers. Villages and towns in the valley are still very traditional; you can stay in authentic accommodations and get to know the indigenous cuisine and local crafts in the communities. You can stroll through small colourful markets here, offering carpets, embroidered skirts and blouses with colourful designs, pewter items with relief decoration, candles and wood carvings.

Lake Titicaca

The beautiful Lake Titicaca is located on the border of Peru and Bolivia at almost 4,000 meters above sea level. According to legend, the first Inca king was born on the Island of the Sun, an island located in the Bolivian part of Lake Titicaca. On the islands in and on the shores of Lake Titicaca, you will find many small villages, where the native Quechua and Aymara people live in the traditional way. With a boat trip you can visit islands such as Tacquile and Amantani and get to know the inhabitants. A good base for a visit to this region is the colonial town of Puno, located on the edge of Lake Titicaca.

Travel through Peru?

Would you like to make a trip through Peru yourself, including a visit to the Peruvian highlands, and are you curious about the possibilities? Then take a look at the travel itineraries that we have put together for inspiration. You can book these trips directly, but we are also happy to create a personal programme based on your wishes and ideas.

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