The people of Arequipa consider the active Misti Volcano a symbol of their city and culture. Your efforts at climbing the great volcano will be rewarded with a panoramic view from the summit that includes the surrounding snow-capped mountains, other volcanoes, the White City of Arequipa and all its surrounding countryside. Most impressively, you´ll be able to appreciate the volcano´s crater! (Don´t worry- it´s only erupted 4 times in 500 years.)
You´ll be picked up at your hotel in Arequipa in the morning at the designated time and we´ll approach Misti in 4x4 until we arrive at our starting point at the volcano´s base (3,300m).
During the climb we´ll pass through varied altitudinal zones, watching as the plant life changes along with the height.
We´ll set up our camp at 4,700m. From here you´ll have an unforgettable and stunning night view of the city of Arequipa under a panorama of stars. We´ll have a hot dinner as we listen to the history and local legends of the Misti and Chachani Volcanoes. (In 1998, an expedition even found 6 Incan mummies on the volcano!)
We´ll arise very early on this day and have a satisfying breakfast before beginning our ascent. Then it´s time to tackle the volcano´s summit. It´s a 6 hour hike through increasingly clear views of the surrounding landscape. Once we reach the peak you´ll have unbeatable views of the imposing scenery provided by the Chachani and Picchu Picchu volcanoes, Aguada Blanca Dam, Salinas Lake, and the White City of Arequipa under the perfectly conic-shaped shade provided by Misti. On a clear summer´s day you´ll even see the Pacific Ocean in the distance. What will really leave you stunned, however, is the volcano´s perfectly shaped crater.
After the hike up you´ll be pleased to learn that the slide down the volcano is quite easy. Sand and ash will aid in braking when you need to. Once we reach base camp we´ll pack up and then continue the descent until we reach our pick-up point, from where we´ll return to Arequipa in 4x4, arriving at about 4pm.
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