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Arequipa & Colca Canyon Condors

Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 653

Arequipa, in the Desert Mountains of the Andes, is the starting point for visits to the famous Colca Canyon. The drive from Arequipa to the canyon is one of the most beautiful in the world.


Peru’s second largest city and gateway to its spectacular south, Arequipa is a UNESCO World Heritage site known as the ‘white city’ after its distinctive while sillar stone architecture. Spend 4 days exploring the city, with an overnight excursion to spectacular Colca Canyon.

From Plaza de Armas, Arequipa’s main square, visit Museum Santuarios Andinos, home of the ‘Juanita’ mummy. The city’s highlight however is Convento de Santa Catalina, Peru’s most important religious building. This ‘city within a city’ is its own unique bubble of history, preserved in enchanting streets and beautiful colours.

Get a true feel for the majesty of the Andes at Colca Canyon. More than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, this is an area where locals retain their ancestral traditions – unique within Peru – watched over by Andean Condors.

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Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 653

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Day 1

Arequipa Airport to Hotel Day

Duration1 Hour

Casa Andina Classic Hotel Arequipa

Arequipa's largest hotel - The Casa Andina Classic Arequipa is an excellent value and it is just 2 blocks from top sights. The hotel features large sunny terraces with views of El Misti volcano. The hotel offers 104 comfortable rooms.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Casa Andina Classic Hotel Arequipa

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    Casa Andina Classic Hotel Arequipa



    Arequipa's largest hotel - The Casa Andina Classic Arequipa is an excellent value and it is just 2 blocks from top sights. The hotel features large sunny terraces with views of El Misti volcano. The hotel offers 104 comfortable rooms.

    Arequipa's largest hotel - The Casa Andina Classic Arequipa is an excellent value and it is just 2 blocks from top sights. The hotel features large sunny terraces with views of El Misti volcano. The hotel offers 104 comfortable rooms.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Internet Access
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)

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Arequipa City Tour and Santa Catalina Convent

Your half day sightseeing of this beautiful city, placed on the World Cultural Heritage list by UNESCO, features Mixed Baroque churches and mansions from the colonial period like the Monastery of Santa Catalina. The Main Square is bordered by various arched walkways and the Cathedral, it showcase a beautiful bronze fountain of three plates crowned by the figure of a sixteenth century soldier. Around the square, you see three granite portals with brick and lime bases.
In the heart of the white city of Arequipa lies Peru's most important religious building. The Santa Catalina Convent is called "a city within a city", a Spanish city in miniature with stone streets, beautiful patios, and plaza, it is a masterpiece of colonial architecture, and houses some of the finest examples of Spanish American religious art. Since 1970 visitors have been able to stroll through the streets and cloisters that during colonial times were the refuge of female nobility who had decided to isolate from the world and dedicate entirely to prayer.

Duration3 Hours
Day 2

Arequipa to Colca Canyon

Depart towards the highlands, passing through Yura-Pampa Canahuas and La Pulpera, with a good possibility of observing groups of wild vicunas and fighting cattle. The road to the Colca Canyon reaches a high point of 13,000 feet before dropping down to the valley, an area of breathtaking landscapes surrounded by terracing and snow-capped peaks. Far below, at a depth of 10,000 feet, the Colca River winds along the bottom of the canyon, the world's deepest. The drive is one of the most remote and beautiful in the world. Dotted by remote villages eking out an existence on the back of the Vicunas and llamas and alpacas that are resident to the Andean mountains, you truly escape the "tourist" trails. Leaving the barren heights, you drop into the Colca Valley, where immediately the presence and benefits of the river is apparent with the green terrace farming cutting into the canyons side, and an increase in the presence of people.

Meal Plan Lunch
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Casa Andina Classic Colca Canyon

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    Casa Andina Classic Colca Canyon



    This hotel is rustic, relaxed and intimate with individual stone casitas (with thatched or clay roofs), plant-lined walkways, an open-air patio with centre fountain, and the hotel's own vegetable garden. The hotel features an onsite planetarium and a spacious, pitched-ceiling restaurant, showcasing local musicians and ...

    This hotel is rustic, relaxed and intimate with individual stone casitas (with thatched or clay roofs), plant-lined walkways, an open-air patio with centre fountain, and the hotel's own vegetable garden. The hotel features an onsite planetarium and a spacious, pitched-ceiling restaurant, showcasing local musicians and dancers performing Andean and Colca musical traditions. The hotel is ideally located to experience Colca Canyon and explore the breathtaking Valley - a place of ancient cultures and astounding natural beauty.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Currency Exchange
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 3

Colca Canyon to Arequipa

To maximize your chance of seeing condors, you depart very early in the morning towards a superb natural lookout point, the "Cross of the Condor", where you can watch condors wheeling across the Colca Canyon, at about an altitude of 15,000 feet. The valley also features pre-Inca ruins, pre-Inca burial grounds and archaeological remains left behind by the Collagua, the ancient inhabitants of the area. Driving further into the canyon, you will observe the way of life in this remote land and admire the impressive irrigation system and the fertile mountains terraced for farming of the Colca Valley. In the afternoon, you will return to Arequipa.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

Casa Andina Classic Hotel Arequipa

Arequipa's largest hotel - The Casa Andina Classic Arequipa is an excellent value and it is just 2 blocks from top sights. The hotel features large sunny terraces with views of El Misti volcano. The hotel offers 104 comfortable rooms.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Casa Andina Classic Hotel Arequipa

More Info

Location View map
  • starstarstar

    Casa Andina Classic Hotel Arequipa



    Arequipa's largest hotel - The Casa Andina Classic Arequipa is an excellent value and it is just 2 blocks from top sights. The hotel features large sunny terraces with views of El Misti volcano. The hotel offers 104 comfortable rooms.

    Arequipa's largest hotel - The Casa Andina Classic Arequipa is an excellent value and it is just 2 blocks from top sights. The hotel features large sunny terraces with views of El Misti volcano. The hotel offers 104 comfortable rooms.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Internet Access
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)

    More Details

Day 4

Arequipa Hotel to Airport Day

Duration1 Hour

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DEPARTURE:

Daily.

PRICE INCLUDES:

3 nights accommodation, transfers, transportation, Colca Canyon tour, and meals as indicated.

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30 Jun 2018
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