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From Arequipa: Colca Canyon & La Calera Thermal Waters

1. From Arequipa: Colca Canyon & La Calera Thermal Waters

Travel to one of the deepest canyons in the world. Take the longest road in Yura, bordering the snowy Chachani mountain, towards Pampa Cañahuas Natural Reserve. Venture into the marshes of Tocra mountain, where you will see a variety of migratory birds, including flamingos. Pass by the crater of Chucura, a dormant volcano.  Stop at mirador de los volcanes, a viewing point where you can observe the western mountains. Arrive at the village of Chivay and journey to another viewing point, where you can watch the flight of the condors. Explore the villages of Pinchollo, Maca and Yanque on your way back. Enter into their beautiful churches and view the picturesque landscapes of the terraces in the valley.  Enjoy a thermal bath in La Calera Thermal Waters, where you will stay for an hour. Return to the town of Chivay and indulge yourself with a traditional lunch, before you depart for the city of Arequipa. 

Arequipa: Guided Foodie Walking Tour with 5 Dishes & Dessert

2. Arequipa: Guided Foodie Walking Tour with 5 Dishes & Dessert

Have a great time in Arequipa with a walking food tour. Sample five delicious dishes and one local dessert. By doing this you will definitely learn a lot about the history of this city. Meet your amazing tour guide and begin this culinary adventure through the beautiful Arequipa city. Get to know the famous white city and enjoy its pretty vibe. Taste dishes made with recipes that have been handed from hundreds of years. Visit restaurants, bars and the market with your local tour guide. Eat food prepared with fresh ingredients from the andes of Peru.

Arequipa: 2-Day Colca Canyon Tour

3. Arequipa: 2-Day Colca Canyon Tour

Day 1: Arequipa to Chivay Your tour begins are you are picked up at 8:00AM from your Arequipa hotel. From there, depart town in the destination of the snowy Chachani region. Spot wild vicunas, alpacas, and llamas along the way in the National Reserve of Pampa Cañahu, as well as birds such as flamingos, ibis, Andean geese, ducks, and eagles. Visit the viewpoint of volcanoes and snowy mountains in Patapampa, before arriving in Chivay, the capital of the Colca Valley. Once there, use your afternoon to relax before spending the evening in a 3-star hotel. Day 2: Colca Canyon to Arequipa Following an early morning breakfast at around 6:00AM, depart for a full-day excursion on the left side of the Colca Canyon. Visit beautiful towns like Yanque and Maca complete with colonial churches and friendly people who are happy to show you their traditional embroidered clothing. Encounter hundreds of pre-Inca terraces still used for the farming of Andean corn, quinoa, amaranth, and more. Following a further two hours of driving you'll reach La Cruz del Condor. There you can see the depth of the canyon as well as the flight of the magnificent condor. Enjoy some free time to watch the condors and explore the lookout, before you eventually return to Arequipa for an approximate 5:00PM arrival.

Arequipa: City Tour and Santa Catalina Monastery

4. 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.

Arequipa: City and Country Tour

5. 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.

Arequipa: Afternoon City Tour

6. 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).

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

7. 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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What people are saying about Arequipa

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 3 reviews

The guide and driver were very good with their job. However I feel there needs to be a warning for children especially because of the potential for altitude sickness on the drive. My son is 12 and he moved through it pretty good (vomiting 5 times) but the seven-year-old of the other family did not do so well. I feel there needs to be some information about how to prepare for altitude sickness. Otherwise the day and the adventure was amazing! And I really appreciated our guide and driver.

Even though it was a long day it was well worth it. I would only suggest shorten the stops for lunch and hot springs. We got back to Arequipa in the height of traffic and we sat in traffic too long after an already long bus ride.

Didn't know what to expect from this trip, but it was so cool! The condors were amazing to see, we learned so much, and the views were absolutely breathtaking. Awesome trip to take if you have the time, very worthwhile. Loved it!

Very diverse selection of dishes and great, understandable explanations about the city/country and the typical dishes

The pick up was on time, the explanation from our guide Liz was accurate.