Nuestra Señora de La Paz, more commonly known as La Paz (the peace) is the highest capital in the world at 3,600m above sea level. Obviously it also claims to have the highest Irish pub, golf course, soccer stadium, hospital and pretty much everything else. However Potosi, the mining town some 9 hours away by bus is actually the world’s highest city at 4090m. Read more
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Machu Picchu is 2,430m above sea-level, situated on an ‘eyebrow’ between the Andes and the rainforest. Built in the fifteenth century Machu Picchu was abandoned when the Inca Empire was conquered by the Spaniards in the sixteenth century, although the Spanish never found Machu Picchu. It was rediscovered in 1911 and since then has been a site many dream of visiting. Read more
Colca Canyon is the second deepest canyon in the world, and nearly twice as deep as the Grand Canyon.
It is also one heck of a stunning 3 hour drive through the high Andes from Arequipa – passing between volcanoes and across the Pampa Cañahuas nature reserve before the highest point of 4160m where you can stop to view the different volcanoes dotting the horizon. At least you could if it were not snowing up there – a dramatic difference to the heat of Arequipa. Read more