Car rental services are in Arequipa’s center and at the airport. Keep your car travel to daylight hours: night driving poses a number of risks—blockades, crime on tourists, and steep roads. A 4x4 is needed for the canyons. Although the road from Arequipa to Chivay is perfectly paved, the last hour of the journey is windy and has steep cliffs. Use even more caution if traveling into Cotahuasi Canyon: only half of the 10-hour drive is paved, and even the paved areas develop potholes.

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