4 days / 3 nights, from $950 per person
Highlights: Arequipa, Santa Catalina Monastery, Vicunas, Coca Tea, Volcanoes, Colca Canyon, CondorsContact Us to Plan Your Escape
Meeting upon arrival in Arequipa, transfer to your hotel. Remainder of day is at leisure to explore the beautiful town square or just relax and enjoy the hotel amenities.
After breakfast, you will start your tour of Arequipa at the Carmen Alto Scenic Viewpoint, located in front of the Chili River. Walk the cobblestone streets through the traditional Yanahuara quarter, view the amazing architecture and old churches. Continue to the main square, The Church of the Society of Jesus (built in 1590), the Cathedral and the famous Santa Catalina Monastery. Depart Arequipa for your journey to the next destination, Colca Canyon. Drive through the Pampa Canahuas Reserve, an extensive plain populated by beautiful vicunas. We will stop at a local roadside market for a coca tea before reaching the highest pass of the drive with an elevation of 15,600 feet. This location allows for great views of the valley below as well as the many volcanoes (some still active) that surround Arequipa. You will enjoy lunch in the village of Chivay before arriving at your hotel in Colca. (B BL D)
After breakfast, you will make your way to the Condor Cross, where you will get an appreciation for the pure majesty of the canyon. It is here that you will see the world’s largest flying birds, the condor. Colca Canyon is one of the world’s deepest canyons, almost 2.5 miles at its deepest point. There are strong updraft winds that allow the massive condors to take flight and soar high above the canyon. On your return to Chivay you will visit some small towns where you will be able to interact with the locals and learn more about their unique culture. You will also take a short hike to the Uyo-Uyo archaeological remains. Return to hotel. (B L D)
After breakfast, you will return to Arequipa, transfer to airport. (B L)
B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | BL = Box lunch | D = Dinner
Price from $950.00 per person based on two passengers traveling together sharing a double room