4 days / 3 nights
Arequipa & Colca Canyon
Arequipa: Take a walk through the ‘prohibited city’ of Santa Catalina, visit the Jesuit church, and enjoy the majestic views of El Misti Volcano. Colca Valley: Delight in the elegance of the condor gliding over the 4,000-metre-deep valley and visit some of the ancient villages in the area. Explore Arequipa, the second largest city in Peru, during an awe-inspiring four-day tour. Visit its colonial-style downtown, admire its beautiful churches and catch a glimpse of the pampas outside the city, enjoying the spectacular scenery. Let the graceful flight of the condor entertain you in the Colca Valley and admire the native camelids of the Andes. Join this interesting tour and catch sight of the beautiful nature and interesting Peruvian culture.
Assistance on Arrival Daily Full Breakfast Hotel Accommodation on twin / double sharing basis. All tours / activities / shows as per the itinerary All entrance tickets as per itinerary All Pick up drops / transfers mentioned in the itinerary Transport in A/C car / Bus as mentioned Meals as per the itinerary / included in the itinerary
Air Tickets (International / Domestic) Visa and Insurance Hotel Taxes Suggested optional activities/ tours if any. Any meals / snacks other than mentioned in the itinerary Camera Fee and any other entertainment charges Tips of any kind – Guides, Driver, Cruise Crew, etc. Portages at airport Personal Expenses such as Laundry, Telephone etc Beverages of any kind
ARRIVAL AREQUIPA (CITY TOUR & SANTA CATALINA MONASTERY)
Arrive at Arequipa Airport. Our representative will meet you and take you to the hotel. Enjoy a comfortable transfer while a guide will inform you about the attractions and services the city offers and will assist you with the check-in at your hotel. Begin your tour at the main square, Plaza de Armas, admiring its elegant neo-Renaissance style basilica cathedral and the sensational Santa Catalina convent, which for centuries was a forbidden city within a city, closed off from prying eyes and the influences of the outside world. Founded in the 16th century, the convent was an almost self-sustained village, made up of houses for the nuns and their servants, cloisters, plazas, and narrow streets, kitchens, refectories and more. The nuns’ families paid vast dowries for their daughters to be admitted, which added to the convent’s wealth and prestige. Nowadays, to wander through its brightly coloured alleys is to step back in time and understand colonial Peru. Continue to the Church of the Company, perhaps the greatest masterpiece of Peruvian baroque, to study its fascinating façade. The vestry is particularly beautiful with its cupola and walls covered in murals representing the jungle. And the Jesuit seminary is famous for its beautiful principal cloister. Finally, head to the residential districts of Yanahuara and Carmen Alto, where you can enjoy a magnificent view of El Misti volcano rising above the city. Overnight in Arequipa
AREQUIPA – COLCA (165km – 3 h)
Depart Arequipa after a tasty breakfast at the hotel. Drive through the Yura district, heading towards the Colca Valley. Yura is characterised by a number of dramatic geographical features such as gullies, mountain ranges and canyons. Continue through the Pampa Cañahuas Reserve, an extensive plain populated by vicuñas, one of the four indigenous Andean camelids found all over Peru. Cross through the pampas of Viscachani and Toccra, skirting the crater of the Chucura Volcano to reach the Los Andes scenic lookout in Patapampa, found 4,800 metres above sea level. From here, you can see the various volcanoes that surround Arequipa. Lunch is in the picturesque town of Chivay with a transfer in the afternoon to your selected hotel in the Colca Valley. The remainder of the day is free at leisure. Overnight in Colca on a bed-and-breakfast basis. Lunch included.
COLCA – CRUZ DEL CONDOR – AREQUIPA (165km – 3 hrs)
After breakfast at the hotel, prepare for a day of high drama with a trip to the breathtaking Condor Cross lookout. Take a deep breath and appreciate the sheer vastness of the Colca Valley, which is one of the world's deepest canyons with a maximum depth of more than 4,160 metres – twice that of the Grand Canyon. The thrill of the experience is enhanced by the natural spectacle of huge condors flying over the canyon. Watch in awe as these graceful birds of prey glide over the canyon, patrolling it with military discipline. Descend to the valley floor to discover some of the rustic towns on the banks of the River Colca such as Chivay, Pinchollo, Maca, Achoma and Yanque, where quaint colonial churches are as much as part of the scenery as the peaks of the Andes. There are also stops at the lookouts of Antahuilque and Choquetico to admire majestic views of the valley. After lunch, return to Arequipa. Overnight in Arequipa on a bed-and-breakfast basis. Lunch included.
Enjoy a tasty breakfast at the hotel. A transportation service will take you from your selected hotel to the airport, and a representative will assist you during the journey. Breakfast included.
Casa Andina Select or similar, Casa Andina Standard or similar, La Maison D'Elise or Similar or similar
Aranwa Pueblito Encantado del Colca or Similar, Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado Hotel & Villas or Similar or similar
Colca Lodge Spa & Hot Springs or Similar or similar
- Above rates are subject to availability.
- Cancellation charges as per company policy.
- The above rates are subject to change in case of travel during the festive season
- In case we are not able to provide the same hotels as mentioned, then we shall provide similar alternate properties, change in the cost if any will be advised.
- In case of Political Unrest, bad weather or sudden breakdown of the vessel we may shift guest to alternative govt ferry and no refund will be entertained during that situation.
- Our Executive may change your itinerary depending on the weather condition and ferry availability same will be update to you daily basis.
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