Carlos Zárate Adventures
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Carlos Zárate Adventures information
This highly professional company was founded in 1954 by Carlos Zárate, the great-grandfather of climbing in Arequipa. One of Zárate's sons, Miguel, was responsible, along with archaeologists, for unearthing Juanita ‘the Ice Maiden’ atop Mt Ampato in 1995. Now run by another son, experienced guide Carlos Zárate Flores, it offers various treks, and climbs all the local peaks.
Prices depend on group size and transportation method. It charges from US$250 per person for a group of four to climb El Misti, and US$220 for a three-day trek in the Cañón del Colca, both with private transport, guide, meals and all equipment.
Zárate’s guides generally speak Spanish or English, but are also available in French when prearranged. It also rents all kinds of gear to independent climbers and hikers including ice axes, crampons and hiking boots.