Region of Arequipa

Arequipa

Natural Attractions

The Region of Arequipa has several ecological steps and the longest coastline in Peru.These varied ecosystems favored the formation of natural reserves and deep canyons surrounded by majestie volcanoes and high mountain peaks. This region boasts ideal spots for birdwatchers, sueh as the Mejia Lagoons and the Colca Canyon; beautiful landscapes shaped by 20 rivers; and the mountain ranges of Ampato, Voleaniea, Chila ,and Huanzo, with the Coropuna Volcano as the highest point (20,484 feet above sea level - 6,245 m.a.s.l.); as well as the Cotahuasi and Colca Canyons - two of the deepest canyons in the world. There is no doubt that the Region of Arequipais an attraetive region for outdoor lovers and adventurers.

Belowwe list the most important and attraetive naturalreserves (or zones) and beaehes in the Region of Arequipa.

Colca Canyon

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The canyon has a maximum depth of 3,400 meters, making it the second deepest canyon inthe world, after the Cotahuasi Canyon, also located in the Region of Arequipa.

Location: Districts of Achoma, Cabanaconde, Callalli, Chivay, Coporaque, Huambo, Ichupampa, Lari Maca, Madrigal, Sibayo, Tuti, and  Yanque; Province of Caylloma; and Region of Arequipa

Altitude: Lowest point is 970 meters above sea level and highest point is 6,288 meters above sea level.

Natural Sanctuary of Mejia Lagoons

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The Mejia Lagoons is a stop on the migratory bird flyways from the northern hemisphere to the southern one and vice versa.

Location: Districts of Mejia, Dean Valdivia, and Punta de Bombon; Province of Islay; and Region of Arequipa

Altitude: 0 to 3.4 meters above sea level

Canteras de Sillar, Sillar Quarry

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"Las Canteras de Sillar" are a natural quarry formed by the lava created by the explosions of the the Misti and Chachani volcanes. Along the time, this lava gave place to a withish volcanic rock known by locals as "Sillar". The quarry is located in the ravine of Añashuayco.

Location: Districts of Yuro, Cerro Colorado, and Uchumayo; Province and Region of Arequipa

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