The home of Lake Titicaca in the Andean region and Tacna on the coast, the South of Peru has many incredible things to see and do. The stunning history and Andean Quechua / Aymara people, who still live along the shores of the lake and on its many islands, still maintain their traditions to this day. Some have even built their own floating islands! (The Uros people). Arequipa is in the south also with magnificent canyons such as Colca and Cotahuasi as well as the impressive volcanos of Misti, Pichu Pichu and Chachani.
This beautiful canyon with its traditional dress, patchwork scenery volcanos and hot springs offer a fascinating and stunningly beautiful insight into the local communities. The hiking is incredible, the views are spectacular and it is, of course, the best spot in Peru to see the Andean Condor gliding through the canyon, in all its glory. Colca canyon makes the Grand Canyon look like child’s play. Twice as deep, it takes more than a couple of days to explore. You can take hikes into the giant canyon or enjoy the view from the top, but whichever way you choose, it is culture and Andean ambience, guaranteed.
This fascinating lake on the border of Peru and Bolivia is the highest navigable lake in the world. The fixed and floating Islands and their distinctive cultures are a fascinating insight into the Quechua and Aymara communities living there. Myth with tell you that the first Inca came out of Lake Titicaca to recover a sword, which was then plunged into the ground in the city of Cusco, declaring it the capital of the Inca Empire. Jacques Cousteau will tell you there is the lost city of Atlantis in the depth of the waters along with giant turtle, incapable of breathing out of the water! This fascinating lake is surrounded by legend and myths.
Arequipa is straddled between Cusco’s rich history and the modernity of urban Lima, giving you the best of both worlds in one place. This is Peru´s second largest city and is strategically placed btween the main hubs of Cusco and Lima so is the perfect stop off on the way. The area is is reknowned for Colca Canyon and the Misti Volcano but Arequipa has so much more to offer. With incredible cuisine, astounding museums, its impressive central Plaza de Armas and one of the best places to buy vicuña wool, Arequipa is a large citywith a small town feel and the perfect place to explore in the South of Peru.