Arequipa – Colca Canyon – Puno 4D / 3N
- Regular Departures: Daily
Day 01: Arequipa
Arrival to Arequipa and transfer. City tour; visiting the Santa Catalina Convent, the most important in Peru, a walled citadel of more than 20,000m2, which for four centuries served as the only physical world for several generations of Cloistered nuns. During the city tour you will visit the Church Cloisters of the Company, a tremendous collection of Domes, Arches, which can all be found in its galleries and Alters. Other places of interest are the Main Square, the Complex of San Francisco, which is comprised of a public square, two temples (the Church of San Francisco and the Temple of the Third Order), a convent and the Fierro Foundation (where there is a museum and a handicraft market). The Cathedral, located in the main square which was destroyed by fire in 1844 and restored in 1868 by Arequipa-native Lucas Poblete in Neo-renaissance style with French influence, and it is considered to be one of the biggest in South America. Finally, the Spanish Colonial district of Yanahuara, 2 km from the city’s centre, consisting of narrow cobblestone streets and old white volcanic stone houses. From the viewpoint there is a magnificent view of the city of its three volcanoes: Misti, Chachani and Pichu Pichu. Transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Arequipa – Colca
In the morning you will begin your unforgettable tour to one of the deepest Canyons in the World “The Colca”. The Tour begins with the winding road that leaves the “White City” of Arequipa crossing the snow capped Misti, Chachani and the Ampato Volcanoes, to arrive at the Colca Canyon. Here you will find the famous and majestic eagle, the Andean Condor, where elegant Vicuñas wander the high plains, past the villages of Torja, Chucura, Patapampa, with its Colonial Churches and Inca Farming Terraces. In the afternoon, visit the village of Chivay or enjoy La Calera thermo-medicinal baths for those overnighting in the village of Chivay (Kolping and Casa Andina). If you are overnighting in the Colca Lodge which is outside Chivay, the lodge has its own Hot Springs. Transfer to hotel.
Day 03: Colca
Breakfast and departure to the “Cruz del Cóndor viewpoint”, the most strategic area to see the flight of the condors’. Latter you will visit the Colca Valley, the Tapay viewpoint, the pre-Inca tombs and stop in the villages of Pinchollo, Maca and Yanque. Return and overnight in hotel.
Day 04: Colca – Puno
Afternoon departure to Puno, passing by Lagunillas, where you will see typical flora of the area, wild birds, sheep, vicuña and llama, with the ever impressive Andean Mountains Range. Arrival to Puno at the end of the day.
- Services not specified in the program
- Extras and tips
- National flights to Arequipa / from Juliaca