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Misti Volcano

With its imposing snow-capped peak and presence on the Arequipa skyline, it is a symbol of the natural beauty and majesty of the region.


Misti is one of the seven active volcanoes located in the Pilo-Quaternary volcanic chain of southern Peru, belonging to the Volcanic Zone of the Central Andes. The altitude of Misti is 5,822 meters and its slope with reference to the Plaza de Armas of Arequipa is 3,500 meters. The distance from the cathedral of Arequipa to the crater is only 17 kilometers in a straight line. On the opposite side, towards the Altiplano, the difference in altitude is 1,600 meters.

Recent geological-geophysical studies show that the Misti volcano is approximately 800 thousand years old, and that it is located on a base made up of rock formations called "ashlars". These ashlars can be widely observed in the Chili river canyon and throughout the pampa southwest of the Arequipa-Yura highway.

Towards the year 1440 - 1450, the Misti volcano erupts; as a result Inca Yupanqui makes many prayers to the Mountain to appease the wrath of the important Apu, without success.


Misti Volcano is located 17.5 km northeast of the city of Arequipa, within the Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve.


The greatest attraction of Misti is the volcano as a whole, since with its almost perfect conical shape and the shades of snow on its summit, it gives the city of Arequipa a unique scenic beauty in the world.

At the highest point of the crater, there is an eight-meter long rail cross that was placed in 1900 to mark the advent of the twentieth century.

In addition, it is worth mentioning the Aguas Blanca National Reserve, which is home to volcanoes (including Misti), lagoons, and important examples of the flora and fauna of the Arequipa region.


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