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GETTING THERE

Several airlines offer connecting flights from Washington to Arequipa, Peru. American offers flights from all three area airports, LAN from Washington Dulles and Reagan National, and Taca International from Washington Dulles. From Arequipa, you can take a local bus to Cabanaconde for approximately $6.

WHERE TO STAY AND EAT

Hotel Kuntur Wassi

Calle Cruz Blanca, Cabanaconde

011-51-54-696665

www.arequipacolca.com

Well-appointed rooms with Internet, helpful staff, sprawling views and a full-service bar and restaurant with excellent traditional Peruvian fare. Rooms from about $60 and entrees from about $10.

Villa Pastor

Plaza de Armas, Cabanaconde

011-51-54-241176

www.villapastorcolca.com

Basic shared dorms and private rooms starting at about $6 on Cabanaconde’s main town square. Also houses a restaurant and bar, with happy hour and entrees for $4 to $8.

Paraíso Las Palmeras

Sangalle oasis, Colca Canyon

011-51-959742637, 011-51-958958162 or 011-51-958958164

In the Sangalle oasis at the bottom of the canyon, this hostel offers camping for about $2, or private rooms starting at about $4. The hostel includes a swimming pool, hammocks, cocktails and basic backpacker food. (Note: This is notthe hostel we stayed at.)

WHAT TO DO

Local hiking guides can be procured through most hotels in Cabanaconde. Prices start at about $20 per day.

INFORMATION

www.cabanacondeperu.com

J.R.