Situated 1,029 kilometres south of Lima, Arequipa stands in a beautiful valley at the foot of the snow capped El Misti volcano. The city served as a major crossroads in the Inca period as it stood on the main highways to Cuzco from both Chile and the coast. A Spanish colony was established here in 1540 on orders of conquistador Francisco Pizarro, and modern Arequipa retains an interesting blend of Incan and Spanish colonial heritage. It is arguably Peru’s most strikingly beautiful city, with its leafy squares, fine colonial architecture and many old and interesting churches built of sillar, a pearly white volcanic stone almost exclusively used in the construction of this city.
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"The floating islands on lake titicaca were impressive. The views at Machu Piccu and Rio de Janerio were fantastic.
Mrs Hilary Reid"
"The incredible scenery, particularly of the Atacama desert and the Torres del Paine Nat. Park. Seeing volcanos from the air and then driving/walking around them was amazing.
Mrs Caroline Roberts"
"Peru was definitely one of the highlights. On a tour such as the Grand Tour of South America there will be many highlights. One of the unexpected real highlights for me were the rail journeys in Peru. PeruRail are fantastic and the three rail journeys we took were amazing. Great fun, well organised and very good quality trains and staff.
Mrs Claire Lawley-Woods"
"Going round the Grey Glacier in a boat and drinking a pisco sour with ice from the glacier (at least so we were assured!)
Mrs Alison Jamieson"
"Many thanks for organising our South American trip, it was beautifully planned and executed.
"Seeing the citadel of Macchu Picchu in the flesh at close hand ranks with the awesome sights of the Taj Mahal, the Great Pyramids and the Treasury in Petra for instance. To this must be added the visit to see the Condors up close. Fabulous.
Mr Derek Lowdon"
"We experienced a wonderful holiday and a friendly group of travelling companions; it was good to be part of a small group with a considerate and efficient tour escort.
Mrs Brenda Everest"
"The whole Explora experience really is something special and I think pretty good value for money. I was the only person doing the Travesia from El Chalten to Torres del Paine - it was fantastic!
Mr. Peter Kudirka"
"Just wanted to say thank you so much for all your work and help with our trip to South America, it was the most incredible and inspiring experience for both my Mum and myself.
"Easter Island was amazing, just as I expected. The first sight of the crater at Orongo was breathtaking
Ms Carol Gould"
"The first sight of Macchu Picchu through the clouds was amazing. The descending cloud made a magical place all the more mysterious and mystic. Truly magical experience.
Mrs Yvonne Thorp"
"The trip to Machu Picchu was incredible. The time we had there gave us the opportunity to really get a feel for the place and take all the photos we wanted to.
Ms Raffaella Facchini"
"Hard to choose between walking by the waterfalls at Iguazu and sitting listening to the jungle sounds in the Amazon rain forest.
Mrs Ruth Wilkinson"
"Thanks for all your help that went into making this a wonderful holiday.
Mr Da Silva"