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From Arequipa: 2-Day Colca Canyon Tour with Transfer to Puno

1. From Arequipa: 2-Day Colca Canyon Tour with Transfer to Puno

Get back to nature in the Andes mountains and look for condors, llamas and alpacas in their natural habitat. Marvel at the majestic landscape and remote towns along the way. Day 1: Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Arequipa, and then look for llamas, alpacas and vicuñas in the magnificent mountains of the Sacred Valley. Get breathtaking views of the Misti, Chachani, Pichu Pichu and Ampato volcanoes from the highest point of the Patapampa route, and then continue to Chivay (entrance town to Colca Canyon) and have lunch at a local restaurant. Then you will be dropped off in your hotel in Chivay Town. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Day 2: Depart Chivay in the early morning and make your way towards the stunning Cruz del Condor viewpoint. See the pretty towns of Coporaque and Maca and get in touch with nature on a short hike before your arrival at Cruz del Condor, where you will get an hour to watch the majestic birds in flight. All the excursion will be explained by the professional guide. On the way back, eat lunch in Chivay before continuing to Puno, arriving at 7:30 PM.

From Arequipa: 2-Day Trekking Tour to Colca Canyon

2. From Arequipa: 2-Day Trekking Tour to Colca Canyon

Embark on a 2-day trek to the Colca Canyon, twice as deep as the Grand Canyon and an incredible sight. Look out for more than 100 kinds of birds, over 300 types of plants and more than 30 types of cactus. Head to Condor’s Cross for the best viewpoint in South America for seeing the Andean Condor, a gracious bird that can have a wingspan of up to 3 meters and weigh up to 12 KG. Day 1: Arequipa - Chivay - Condor’s Cross - Sangalle After an early morning (around 3:00-3:30 AM) pick-up from your hotel, head to Cabanaconde in the Colca Canyon. This is approximately a 6-hour drive from Arequipa, and on the way you’ll stop for breakfast. Continue to Condor’s Cross for a panoramic view of the canyon and the famous Andean Condor. Arrive at the beginning of your trek and start a downhill hike for about 3-hour from 3,300 to 2,100 meters above sea level into the canyon. Upon arrival, have lunch and take some time to rest in San Juan de Chuccho. Continue your journey and pass by the towns of Cosñirhua and Malata. Hike further into the canyon until reaching Sangalle, the deepest part of the canyon and 1900 meters above sea level. Sangalle is a lush green oasis with a tropical microclimate and some simple accommodation. Here you can enjoy the swimming pool after a long day of hiking. Enjoy dinner and spend the night here Day 2: Sangalle - Cabanaconde - Chivay - Arequipa or Puno Leave early morning (around 5:00 AM), and start hiking uphill for about 3-hour back to Cabanaconde town using torch lights for illumination. Enjoy spectacular views of the sunrise and eat breakfast upon arrival at Cabanaconde.  Head towards Chivay, viewing pre-Inca terraces, archaeological ruins, and colonial towns on the way. Around noon, arrive at the hot springs. Optionally take a dip in the hot springs and relax in waters of 38°C. In Chivay, have a buffet lunch in a local restaurant (not included). After lunch, start your return to Arequipa. On the way, you will descend from 4830 to 2325 meters above sea level, passing by a national reserve and Pampa Cañahuas. This is is a habitat for the four species of South American camelids (llama, alpaca, vicuña, and guanaco). Arrive in Arequipa late afternoon and be dropped you 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. You’ll arrive around 6:45 PM in Puno. You will also make a stop in Pampa Cañahuas to have great views of the local landscapes.

Arequipa: City and Country Tour

3. 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

4. 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).

Arequipa: Private City Tour and Santa Catalina Monastery

5. 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: Anashuayco Guided Tour with Stone Carving

6. 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.

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3.5 / 5

based on 2 reviews

This was a great tour! Henry did a fantastic job - he shared tons of interesting information about everything we saw and also kept the various itineraries of the group in mind. One caveat I would provide is that this was the first tour we had done in the area, and I can imagine that some of the stops made might not interest people who have already had their fill of alpacas, the beautiful mountains, etc.

A very well organized and qualitative tour! Clear and interesting explanations by our guide Percy (thanks to him :) The trek was well organized, everyone could go at their own pace, we came across a super nice group! The meals were good, the accommodation was great and the landscapes beautiful :))

Very professional. All perfect. Exceptional our guide who explained many interesting things to us, both in English and in Spanish. Everything organized to perfection. In addition, they also accompanied us to do activities that were not planned such as dinner in Chivay. Highly recommended!

Really great ! In addition we had the pleasant surprise of having a guide who spoke French. He accompanied us really well and explained things, he even offered us a traditional restaurant in the evening, it was great! Thanks to José and the super driver Popeye!

Suitable for the family considering the altitude. Regular stops which allow us to make the journey shorter and with a very interesting and pleasant approach to the environment. Walk adapted in time and difficulty with children! Great guide! Thank you Patricia!