AREQUIPA – COLCA CANYON 4DAYS/3NIGHTS
This program includes the most important sites of Arequipa region (known as the White city), it is a wonderful destination where the famous flight of the Condor takes place.
The Colca Canyon is the second deepest canyon in the world, natural habitat of the Andean Condor. This symbolic bird of the Andes has an incredible wingspan of over 3 meters; you don’t want to miss out on watching them fly right over you!
This program combines cultural, natural and ecotourism activities. join us and be part of this fantastic trip.
DAY 1: AREQUIPA IN – CITY TOUR:
Our representative will be waiting at Arequipa´s airport to transfer you to the hotel.
At PM, let`s go to know Arequipa on this history-filled city sightseeing tour. You will visit the Monastery of St Catherine, beautiful religious site home to the nuns of the Dominican Second Order that was closed to the public for nearly 400 years. Open today, it offers narrow alleyways and a peaceful plaza and gardens reminiscent of ancient Seville or Granada; enjoy the serene atmosphere.
Lastly, head to Arequipa’s main square – Plaza de Armas – to see the Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa, which has a history that dates back to the 1500s, although the physical structure has been rebuilt many times due to earthquakes and fires. Finally, we will visit the Museum of Santuarios Andinos where we will see the Mummy named Juanita, an amazing frozen body of a little girl found at the cold slopes of the Ampato Mountain.
Return to the hotel.
Overnight in Arequipa
DAY 2: COLCA CANYON 2D/1N: AREQUIPA – COLCA CANYON – CHIVAY:
Early in the morning, depart on a wonderful four hours bus trip to the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest Canyons in the World (3180m.a.s.l /10433 ft.). On the trip we drive across Pampa Cañahuas in the Aguada Blanca National Reserve, inhabited by herds of vicuñas and alpacas (South American cameloids). The highest point of the road is at (4350 m.a.s.l./14271t). We will also see beautiful pre-Columbian terraces, still being cultivated by native Collaguas. On your arrival to Chivay, accommodation at the hotel.
In the afternoon, we recommend you to rest and get used to the altitude. If you are in good shape, you have the option to visit the local hot springs (La Calera), or simply explore the small but picturesque town of Chivay.
Overnight in Chivay
DAY 3: CRUZ DEL CONDOR – AREQUIPA:
In order to see the mighty Condor, you will be transferred early in the morning towards the “Cruz del Condor”, a natural lookout point where you can see Condors flying. Here you will have the opportunity to spot these amazing birds glide below you in the canyon.
On the way to Cruz del Condor you will enjoy spectacular views of the canyon and will see hundreds of ancient agricultural terraces carved onto the slopes of the mountains. The people from these regions dedicate their life solely to agriculture, therefore you will see many fields full of crops (depending on the season you visit it), mainly potatoes, corn, barley and other products native from Peru. While driving along the edge of the Colca Canyon you can observe the great Colca River and also some small communities. We will return to the village of Chivay for the lunch. After it, return to Arequipa City.
Overnight in Arequipa
DAY 4: AREQUIPA – AIRPORT OR NEXT DESTINATION:
You will be transferred to Arequipa`s airport to board the flight to your next destination.
We recommend you to take this complete program which includes: Lima – Cusco – Machupicchu – Arequipa 10days/9hights:
INCLUDED / NOT INCLUDED
- Professional bilingual guide
- Tourist transportation
- Tours/activities described in the itinerary
- Meals mentioned
- Tourist tickets for all the tours (City tour – Colca Canyon)
- 2days/1night colca canyon tour
- Assistance 24 hours
- Oxygen and first aid kit
- 2 nights in Arequipa
- 1 night in Chivay (Colca canyon)
- Aircraft tickets
- Meal not described in the program
- Extra services not mentioned in the itinerary
- Tips and extra expenses
- Entrance fee to the hot spring La Calera
- Travel insurances