El Misti, Arequipa

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#2 of 14 in Parks in Arequipa Region
Standing tall above the city, El Misti is visible from just about anywhere in town. The 5,822 m (19,101 ft) volcano watches over the inhabitants, but many choose to get much closer by attempting to reach the top of this active volcano. The locals recommend booking a guided trek if you’re hoping to reach the summit, as this is a difficult climb due to the need to acclimatize. Be prepared with lots of layers, hat, and gloves as the air on your way can be surprisingly chilly. You'll experience unmatched views from the top. See El Misti and all Arequipa has to offer by arranging your trip with our Arequipa trip maker tool .
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  • I am back to Arequipa four times, once in 1995, again in 2008, 2011 and now i 2018. First time visiting Peru, the second time visiting Salar de Uyuni, and the third a tour to Chile and Argentina, this...  more »
  • Us dazzled with the beauty that... have a great landscape that can be seen when you enter the city of Arequipa
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  • The ascent to the Summit of El Chachani was an unforgettable experience. I recommend the guide Alain Chacon who is an exceptional guide. He showed a lot of professionalism and patience with the customers. It's very safe for us. On the other hand, I would like to educate travelers to the fact that these guides must also live, so when I look for the most part European tourists negotiate prices and to blackmail guides so that they fall again and again the price, it makes me very uncomfortable and I see even a serious lack of respect. You do not have at the supermarket! When you make the Mont Blanc or the Matterhorn you behave the same way? If you do not have a minimum of 120 euros to climb this mountain then give up. Or find the guide that you will ride for half price but without guaranteed return...
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Most accommodations in Arequipa cluster on the east side of the Chili River. The historical center offers the best selection of options, with plenty of budget hostels and mid-range hotels scattered throughout its streets. For something quieter, look north to the neighborhoods of Zemanat and San Jacinto. If you're looking for a suburban experience, stay in the western neighborhood of Yanahuara.
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