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From Arequipa: 3-Day Trekking Tour to Colca Canyon

1. From Arequipa: 3-Day Trekking Tour to Colca Canyon

Day 1: Arequipa - Condor’s Cross - San Juan de Chuccho Early morning pickup around 3:00-3:30 AM from your hotel. After driving for around 4 hours, stop in Chivay to have breakfast. Then, continue to one of the most popular points of the canyon, the Condor’s Cross. Stop for about 40 minutes to watch the condor flying. Drive for 20 more minutes to where your trek downhill begins. Hike downhill for approximately 4 hours until you reach San Juan de Chuccho. Have lunch, dinner and sleep overnight in the village of San Juan de Chuccho.  Day 2: San Juan de Chuccho - Malata - Sangalle Departure around 8:00 AM after breakfast. Continue hiking and pass by Cosñirhua town, where it is possible to see archaeological ruins left by Pre-Incan cultures. Reach Malata town and its old Spanish church. Then, continue hiking further into the canyon, until you reach Sangalle, the deepest part at an altitude of 1900 m. Sangalle is a lush green oasis with a tropical microclimate. Here you can enjoy the swimming pool after a long day of hiking. In the evening, have dinner and sleep overnight. Day 3: Sangalle - Cabanaconde - Chivay - Arequipa or Puno Leaving early morning around 5:00 AM, start hiking uphill for about 3 hours back to Cabanaconde town using torch lights. This part of the trek can provide spectacular views of sunrise. Have breakfast upon arrival, then head to Chivay. On the way, have a great view of pre-Inca terraces, some archaeological ruins and colonial towns. Around noon, arrive at the hot springs with water temperatures of 38°C, where you can relax in a warm bath. In Chivay, you can opt for a buffet lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, start your return to Arequipa. On the way, you will descend from 4830 meters to 2325 meters passing by a national reserve with llamas and alpacas. Arrive in Arequipa late afternoon and be dropped off next to Santa Catalina Monastery. If you choose the option to be dropped off in Puno, you will leave from Chivay after having lunch. After several hours travelling, arrive around 6:45 PM in Puno. You will also make a stop in Pampa Cañahuas to have great views of the local landscapes.

From Arequipa: Salinas Lagoon Full-Day Trip with Hot Springs

2. From Arequipa: Salinas Lagoon Full-Day Trip with Hot Springs

Discover the natural wonders of the Salinas Lagoon and the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reservation on this multi-stop day tour, including round-trip transportation from Arequipa. Surround yourself in nature and take a dip in the Lojen Hot Springs. Start bright and early with pickup directly from accommodation in Arequipa. Then start the journey to the Laguna de Salinas (Salinas Lagoon), making a few different stops along the way. After a 45-minute ride, arrive at your first stop: the Mirador de los Volcanes in the Chiguata District. From there, you’ll be able to observe the area’s representative volcanoes and take unbeatable photos. Reach the main square of Chiguata where its traditional holy spirit church is located. Take a seat and taste a traditional breakfast of the area (costs not included). In another hour, stop at Alto Simbral (4200 masl) where you can observe plants of the area such as queñua, areta, tola, and more. Arrive finally at the Salinas Lagoon where you’ll stay between 1 and 1.5 hours, making different stops to observe flamingos and water mirrors. The Salinas Lagoon is a high-salt Andean lake located at 4300 m. high within the protected Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reservation. Here, you’ll be surrounded by the volcanoes Misti, Ubinas, and Pichu Pichu. Afterward, head towards the Lojen Hot Springs and mini volcano to enjoy a relaxing bath (fees not included). After unwinding in the hot springs, return to Chiguata to have lunch (fees not included) and then start making your way back to the city of Arequipa. Arrive in the evening and get dropped off near the Plaza de Armas.

Andes: Colca Canyon Day-Trip

3. Andes: Colca Canyon Day-Trip

You will start your day off early with a pickup from your hotel between 2:30-3:00AM. You will then take a 3-hour journey by car towards Colca Canyon, eventually reaching the town of Chivay where you will have breakfast at 6:00AM. You will then drive through the scenic landscape, passing agricultural fields, Antahuilque, the Choquetico Tombs, and the tiny village of Yanque on your way to the Cruz del Condor viewpoint. You will also be able to watch quietly and patiently for the opportunity to see the giant Andean Condor flying silently overhead from this impressive overlook point. Afterwards, you will return to Chivay by way of Maca Village, where you can watch farmers plowing their fields, before stopping at a beautiful 18th-century colonial church. Upon arrival to Chivay, you will stop at the La Calera Hot Springs where you can relax and soak in the therapeutic pools if you wish. You will then have lunch on your own in Chivay, with free time to visit the local marketplace and main square. At 2:00PM, you will make your way back to Arequipa visiting the viewpoint of Patapampa (at 4,800 meters), to view the Ampato Volcano, where the mummy Juanita was discovered. Afterwards, you will continue to Toqrapampa, where you can see small lagoons filled with Andean birds. Your last stop will be Pampa Cañahuas National Park, where you will be able to see llamas, alpacas and vicuñas before arriving to Arequipa at approximately 5:00PM. You will later be dropped off in the Arequipa City Center, after a fun and busy day!

Arequipa: Private Tour to The Ashlar Route

4. Arequipa: Private Tour to The Ashlar Route

Discover the origin of Arequipa's amazing architecture on this half-day tour through the Ashlar Route, also known as Rute del Sillar. The Añashuayco Quarry is located in the northeast of the city of Arequipa. This site originated more than 3 million years ago thanks to the intense lava and volcanic gas activity in the area. During your tour, you will see where hundreds of men extracted the white volcanic rock with which most of Arequipa's most important buildings, including the cathedral and old mansions, are made from. Explore the site and learn about the white stone´s extraction process. This place also presents evidence of the presence of the Wari Civilisation, whose members carved various petroglyphs on the stone. The local quarry workers have inherited the knowledge of cutting, carving, and extraction techniques from their ancestors.  At the end of the tour, you can acquire handcrafted artwork and souvenirs made from the white ashlar from Añashuayco. After the visit, you will be transferred back to your accommodation in the city.

Arequipa: City Tour and Santa Catalina Monastery

5. Arequipa: City Tour and Santa Catalina Monastery

Start with pickup from your hotel and be transferred to the Carmen Alto viewpoint. Admire the views of the countryside of Arequipa, the Chili river, and the Misti and Chachani volcanoes in the background. Head next to the Yanahuara viewpoint with a fantastic view of the city. After that, visit the Basilica of the Company of Jesus, built in a neo-Renaissance style, built with white stone, known as ashlar. You will then explore a bit of the main square of the city. Finally, discover the famous Convent of Santa Catalina, a prestigious institution of the XVI century, comprised of plazas, cloisters, and streets, that used to be inhabited by the daughters of prestigious families, who were kept by the convent’s nuns.

Sillar Stone: Morning Tour from Arequipa

6. Sillar Stone: Morning Tour from Arequipa

Appreciate the cutters of this stone in their daily tasks, as well as some samples of carvings. See where the masons take Ignimbrite and then patiently develop the Sillar. Discover in detail the preparation and learn the story behind the Sillar. Transfer from your hotel in Arequipa to the Culebrillas quarries (3km from the center of Arequipa), located in the district of Cerro Colorado and Yura. Finish with a transfer to the city of Arequipa back to your hotel.

Arequipa: City and Country Tour

7. Arequipa: City and Country Tour

Explore the beautiful city of Arequipa with an experienced local guide. See the Plaza de Armas and the streets of the Centro Historico. Look out over the city from the scenic overlook points of Yanahuara and Carmen Alto where you’ll have time to stretch your legs and take pictures of the Chili Valley and the Misti and Chachani Volcanoes. You'll also get to check out the Incalpaca Outlet, the mini-zoo inside it, and learn about the four types of South American camelids: llama, alpaca, vicuña, and guanaco. Visit the Sachaca district and the beautiful 19th-century church as well as the Balneario Tingo with its famous food including anticuchos and buñuelos. Travel the countryside along Via Paisajista to reach the 16th-century Mansion del Fundador and the Sabandia Mill where you'll have the opportunity to learn about the techniques used to process wheat with a stone mill. Before the end of the tour, admire the Andenes de Paucarpata, man-made platforms that create a microclimate system that allow for growing a large variety of products in each of the stands. Return to the city center at the end of your adventure.

From Arequipa: 3-Day Colca Canyon Trek

8. From Arequipa: 3-Day Colca Canyon Trek

Begin your adventure with pick-up from your hotel at 3:00 AM arriving in the picturesque village of Cabanaconde at approximately 12:00 AM for lunch. Descend into the terraced landscapes of one of the world’s deepest canyons on a four hour trek that will end at the remote village of Llahuar. Enjoy the grandeur of the landscape, a dip in a natural hot spring or fish for wild trout. As evening falls, a well-earned dinner will be served. You may be able to taste a freshly caught trout supper before retiring to your rustic bungalow. Day 1: You will hike on a descent path from 3200 meters to 1200 meters in 4 hours approximately. After breakfast start towards Sangalle. Reach a point that allows a pristine panoramic view of last night’s rest point, Llahuar, and your destination, Sangalle. Notice Apachetas, age old towers of stones constructed by Andean wanderers, as a way of marking their trail. Lunch will be taken at Sangalle, where you'll be free to spend time lounging around the tropical oasis pool or exploring the banks of Colca River. Finally ascend to Cabanaconde, where you will overnight at the fantastic Kuntur Wassi Hotel.   Day 2: You will walk on a straight path for 3 hours and then go up from 1200 meters to 3200 in 3 hours. This day will be walked approximately 6 hours. Breakfast at the hotel before private transportation to Condor Cross. Arrive at one of the only vantage points in South America where you can see the magnificent flying Condor in its natural habitat. Perhaps you'll be able to feel the wingbeat of the condor rippling the air. In Yanque, you'll stop at a local family's house to eat and enjoy some Colca hospitality. Stop off at Chivay, if you wish, to peruse the town and again relax in some hot springs before arriving back at Arequipa at approximately 6:00 PM. Day 3: This day is a very easy day, where you will only walk 1 hour in total.

Arequipa & Colca Canyon Multi-Day Tour

9. Arequipa & Colca Canyon Multi-Day Tour

Day 1: Arequipa Airport pick-up and transfer to hotel in Arequipa. After checking into the hotel, you will have free time to rest. in the afternoon, start the Arequipa city tour and visit the Monastery of Santa Catalina. Next visit Plaza de Armas, the typical districts of Carmen Alto, and Yanahuara. Finish the tour in the early evening and rest up overnight in the city. Day 2: Arequipa – Colca Canyon At 8:00 AM, be collected from your hotel to travel to the snowy mountain Chachani in VIP transport. See wild vicunas, alpacas, and llamas in the National Reserve of Pampa Cañahu, plus birds such as flamingos, ibis, Andean geese, ducks, eagles, and a rare Andean bird called kara kara. Visit the viewpoint of volcanoes and snowy mountains in Patapampa. Arrive in Chivay, the capital of the Colca Valley, where you'll have the afternoon to relax.   Day 3: Colca Canyon- Arequipa After early morning breakfast, depart on a full-day excursion on the southern side of the canyon, and visit beautiful towns like Yanque and Maca, with colonial and traditional architecture. See hundreds of pre-Inca terraces still used for farm and Andean corn, quinoa, amaranth, and other produce. After a walk of two hours, reach La Cruz del Condor. Marvel at the depth of the Colca Canyon and spot several condors flying overhead. Return to Arequipa in the early evening for the final overnight stay. Day 4: Depart Arequipa   After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Arequipa: Afternoon City Tour

10. Arequipa: Afternoon City Tour

Begin with a visit to the monastery of Santa Catalina, a sample of 4 centuries of architecture in Arequipa with intrusive cells, small streets, and cloisters full of colorful flowers and walls painted in fresh dyes. Walk down narrow alleys leading to different parts of the convent whilst going through picturesque sites, and old living quarters including the original furniture. Visit the main square, one of the most beautiful in Peru - the Jesuit Church of the Company, which in its beautiful facade displays mestizo architecture, cloisters, and a dome. The narrow alleys will lead you to the various parts of the convent that go through picturesque places and places to stay and sleep with the original furniture. Visit the Plaza de Armas, one of the most beautiful in Peru. The Jesuit Church of the Company, which on its beautiful facade announces the so-called mestizo architecture, its cloisters, and dome, the Tristán del Pozo mansion. Get a magnificent view of the city at the typical districts of Carmen Alto and Yanahuara (Viewpoint and Church).

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4.0 / 5

based on 14 reviews

Unique experience in incredible surroundings. Our guide Geancarlo spoke good English and was able to give us a lot of great inside information about this epic environment. I would describe the trip as challenging, especially on the last day where we had a steep and strenuous ascent to altitudes of over 3000m for about 3 hours starting at 4:30am. The only point of criticism is the accommodations selected by the agency, where the conditions were partly unacceptable, especially for us group participants. The guests who had booked these accommodations themselves had, for example, WLAN, better food and better rooms. Especially after this strenuous hike, you would have wished for that. I would have gladly paid a few soles more for it. Otherwise the experience was just amazing.. we saw condors as well as free roaming alpacas and vicunas.

The trip was fantastic. Percy our guide was very good at estimating the pace of the group and was able to tell a lot of facts about nature and culture. We really became a group because of his enthusiasm and involvement. We have good memories of this.

Excellent everything, the activity and the experience. Thank you very much

A very nice day trip that has a lot to offer in terms of landscape.

beautiful landscape the hot springs are cool a lot of buses to plan