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Peru - Arequipa and the Colca Canyon
3 days / 2 nights
2016 Rates
Single Double Triple
Superior Deluxe
Libertador, Arequipa & Las Casitas del Colca
$1474 $881 n/a
Deluxe
Casa Andina Private Collection, Arequipa & Colca Lodge
$963 $614 $541
First Class
Sonesta Posada, Arequipa & Colca Lodge
$913 $590 $516
Tourist Superior
Casa Andina Classic, Arequipa & Casa Andina Classic, Colca
$724 $489 n/a
All rates are per person, in US dollars and subject to change at any time.
Rates based on shared tours. Private tours available on request.
Itineraries are subject to change at any time for any reason.

Located in the southern Peruvian highlands, the city of Arequipa is Peru's second city in urban and economic development. It is also named "The White City" for the use of white volcanic rock in the construction of the buildings throughout the city.

The Convent of Santa Catalina, opened to the public in 1970 after 400 years of cloistered religious life, is the most characteristic feature of the city, followed by the Sabandia Mill, the Founder's Mansion, the Main Square and the beautiful countryside, among other things.
 

Santa Catalina Monastery, Arequipa
© Candis Waugh
Santa Catalina Monastery

Arequipa
and the
Colca Canyon

Colca Canyon, some 150 kilometers from the city, is one of the most beautiful sites in the Peruvian highlands.

Enjoy the second deepest canyon in the world after Cotahuasi canyon, also in Peru, as well as small towns and villages that maintain their ancestral customs even today, beautiful colonial homes, churches carved in white volcanic stone, the Valley of the Dwarf Volcanoes, stone carvings, llamas, alpacas, condors, thermal baths, etc. A highly recommended and unique experience.

Alt : 2,539 m/8,328 ft. above sea level.
Clim. : Dry. Sunny days and cold nights
Temp. : 74/50 F 24/10C approx.
Rain : January to March

 

Condor at Colca Canyon, Arequipa
© Candis Waugh
Condor at Colca Canyon

Family with alpaca and lambs, Chivay, Arequipa
© Candis Waugh

 

Itinerary
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Day 1 Arequipa
Arrival in Arequipa. Escorted transfer between airport and hotel.
PM: City tour Arequipa plus Santa Catalina Convent (private)
In the morning, a city tour of Arequipa including the Main Square, one of the most beautiful squares in Peru and the Cathedral, a prime example of XIXth Century Peruvian architecture housing beautiful treasures in gold and silver. We also visit the La Compañia Church, an ancient Jesuit temple, maybe the most important one in Arequipa due to its history and tradition. Then, we will visit the Santa Catalina Convent a "Small Town" built in the XVIIth Century and opened to the public in 1970, after 400 years as a cloister. Perfectly preserved for four centuries, you go back in time as you enter the cloister and see the numerous, spacious patios and gardens, the kitchen and slave quarters and stone washtubs. About 20 nuns, of what were once 500, still live in a section of this Convent. Return to you hotel. Overnight in Arequipa


Day 2 Arequipa / Colca Valley (B,L,D)
After breakfast we will head towards the Colca Valley, passing through the towns of Yura, Pampa Arrieros and the Aguada Blanca & Salinas National Reserve, the perfect place to see an array of bird species and South American camelids in their natural habitat, and where we will see the other faces of the Arequipa volcanoes Misti and Chachani. We will continue on our way, through Torja and its natural lagoons, Patahuasy, Chucura, Patapampa – from which we will see the volcanoes of the Chira Mountain Ranges – and then finally arriving at the town of Chivay. We will have dinner and stay the night here. Overnight in Colca

Day 3 Colca / Valley / Arequipa (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. The early morning excursion reaches an observation point, on a wide bend, where a wooden cross called CRUZ DEL CONDOR has been erected. The view from here is breathtaking: one can see the silvery thread of the Colca River flowing below in the roar of the canyon, while majestic condors soar overhead using the warm air currents from the canyon depths to rise towards the high peaks. Here the chasm is 1,200 mts. deep, but the highest part of the canyon wall on the other side is more than 3,000 meters above the river level, and permanently snow capped. Return to Chivay. On the way visit the Colonial church of Maca and Yanque. Lunch included. Return to Arequipa and transfer to the airport.
 

Reservations

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