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Arequipa: Private Tour to The Ashlar Route

1. 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.

From Arequipa: 3-Day Colca Canyon Trek

2. 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.

From Arequipa: Anashuayco Guided Tour with Stone Carving

3. From Arequipa: Anashuayco Guided Tour with Stone Carving

Leave from Arequipa city at 8:30 am to visit the Añashuayco quarry and Culebrillas canyon, popularly known as the Sillar Route. From Añashuayco quarry the largest amount of white stone used in the constructions of Arequipa is extracted. Sillar is the form that is given to the volcanic rock called ignimbrite. The light colored ashlar is the reason why Arequipa is known as the white city. This stone is abundant in Arequipa and is a symbol of the city. This 4-hour tour is pretty exciting and in addition to learning about the ashlar you will also see beautiful sculptures carved on the walls. The workers who work in the quarry will take the time to teach you how to cut stone and you will also have the opportunity to do it.

Arequipa: Private City Tour and Santa Catalina Monastery

4. Arequipa: Private City Tour and Santa Catalina Monastery

The route begins in Arequipa´s Main Square, one of the most beautiful squares in Peru. Facing this square is the imposing Cathedral, built in the 17th century. From there, continue to the Monastery of Santa Catalina, a cloister and small religious citadel built in 1579, still in use to this date. Then, visit the Church of the Compañia de Jesus (1590). Considered a classic example of local baroque architecture, it houses an exceptional collection of paintings and murals. Lastly, visit the districts of Yanahuara and Carmen Alto for a panoramic view of the Arequipa countryside. At the end, take a transfer back to the hotel.

From Arequipa: 3-Day Colca Canyon Private Tour with Meals

5. From Arequipa: 3-Day Colca Canyon Private Tour with Meals

Discover another side of the Colca Canyon and marvel at the beauty of the landscape. Llahuar is a small town located between the Colca River and the Huaruro River, the union of these 2 rivers creates an impressive landscape and the noise they generate is incredible. This tour is perfect for those who prefer to do a private tour and walk where others don't. Also, as it is a 3-day tour, travelers will have time to really enjoy nature and learn more about Colca. Every day you will walk approximately 4 to 5 hours and the rest of the day you can just rest and enjoy the swimming pools and nature.

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