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La Paz or Arequipa

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1. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 10y

From Uyuni/Oruro I'll have to choose (don't have time for both): go to La Paz or take the road to Arequipa (via Chili).
Which city and surroundings should I choose? Is Colca Canyon nicer than for example some trips from La Paz like Chacaltaya or bike downhill to Coroico? And which city is more beautiful and relaxed to stay for a day or so?
Thanks in advance.

Utrecht, Holland.

2. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 10y

I loved Arequipa and found it one of the nicest on my trip. Though I really liked LaPaz as well, it had nothing on Arequipa. If you are short on time though, the Colca Canyon isn't really worth doing on a day trip. You need three days to spare to really get into it. However, you can do a day trip from LaPaz down the "Death Road" which is great. So I guess it depends on what is your priority - the city, or the side trip. Its a shame that it sounds like you don't have time to get to Lake Titicaca which was defienlty a highlight of the region.
If you would like you could check out my blog at I have entries on LaPaz, "Death Road", Arequipa, and Colca, so maybe it can help decide what you find more intersting.

3. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 10y

Did the 3d/2n Colca Canyon trek in April late March 2005 and it was awesome. I liked Pa Paz but Arequipa was far nicer in my opinion.
Hard choice I'm afraid, especially if you would only have a day or so in Arequipa.

El Legendado

P.S. I have some pics of Colca on my profile.