Peaks in Arequipa Peru
The department of Arequipa is synonymous
with volcanoes and snow-capped peaks, clear blue skies
and endless plains. The region lies on the western slopes
of the Andes, and is the jumping-off point for a series
of climbs of varying difficulty, which stand out for
their rare combination of beautiful landscapes, easy
access and their ancient cultural heritage.
The Misti volcano (5,825 meters) is the symbol of the
city of Arequipa. The route up to the top is more of
a hike than a climb, and takes two days up steep scree
slopes . The most popular of the ascents starts out
from the city and continues up to Tambo Inca and the
base camp of Nido de Aguilas. Hikers will reach the
summit on the second day. Chachani (6,075 meters), the
other volcano overlooking the city, can be climbed taking
a spectacular trail that climbs up from Pampa de Arrieros.
The Colca Valley also features several imposing mountains
which are popular amongst climbers: The Ampato (6,288
meters) and Sabancaya (5,976 meters) volcanoes and Mount
Hualca Hualca (6,025 meters) are some of the highest.The
Cotahuasi Valley features Mount Coropuna (6,425 meters),
its most beautiful peak, giving climbers superb views
of the region. The valley is reached from Lake Pallarcocha,
just a two-day drive from Arequipa.
Climate: The rain season
runs from December to March, while the best time to
visit is from April to June. The climate is dry and
sunny by day, with cold nights. Average temperatures
Access: The Colca Valley
is located 150 km (around 4 hours) northeast of the
city of Arequipa. The Cotahuasi Valley lies 375 km (around
12 hours) northeast of Arequipa.
Services: For information
on access to these and other mountains, check with adventure
tourism companies based in Arequipa which provide logistics
services and coordinate with guides and local porters.
The best time for climbing is between May and October.