Arequipa's most iconic backdrop, the dormant volcano El Misti, is a formidable workout for hikers, towering 5822m above the city. Just before the summit, a hissing sulfurous crater challenges you to reach the top, where rewarding views across Laguna de Salinas and the white city can be yours. A 10m iron cross erected in 1901 is also here.

It is highly recommended to bring a guide as robberies have been reported and no routes are clearly marked, plus local knowledge will ensure you are properly equipped. The best months to climb El Misti are between July and November, especially in the later months when things start to warm up.