Day 01: Lima-Arequipa, Transfer and City Tour with Santa Catalina.
AM Arrival to Arequipa, reception and transfer to the hotel.
Free morning to rest and acclimatizing.
14:30pm approx. Pick up from the hotel to start the tour on the Old Grau Bridge, Alameda of the Bolognesi avenue with a view of beautiful houses from the 50’s, we’ll visit the Church and scenic viewpoint of the Colonial neighborhood of Yanahuara where you’ll be able to observe large part of the city, the viewpoint of the neighborhood of Carmen Alto with a beautiful sight of the Chilin valley and a panoramic view of the 3 volcanoes that surround the city: Misti, Chachani y Pichu-Pichu. Typical pre-Inca terracing still cultivated.
Return to the city, visit to the Cathedral and Main Square, historical center, the church of “La Compañía” with it with its beautiful facade carved in ashlar, and Jesuit Cloisters.
Visit and 1 hour and 10 minutes tour of the citadel of the famous Monastry of Santa Catalina, with cloistered nuns, built on the XVI century and open for public on 1970, after 400 years.
Lunch & Dinner not included.
Overnight at Arequipa.
Day 02: Tour Colca 02days & 01 night.
08:00 am approx. Pick up from the hotel and departure taking the route that takes us behind the Chachani snowy mountain in the town of Yura, Pampa cañahuas and Vicuñas National Reserve of Aguada Blanca, typical Andean highland landscape characterized by Andean grass or Ichu , shrubs like Tola, Ccapo or Yareta .
Some small and Poultry lagoons such as the Kara-Kara, Black Ibis, guallatas or Andean goose, ducks, some flamingos, vizcachas , etc. Patapampa, máximum hight on route: 4,900 meters above sea level. A viewpoint of the volcanos, Sabancaya, Mismi “The origin of the Amazonas” etc. Then we’ll go down to the town of Chivay (3,600 m.a.s.l.) Capital of the valley, scenic viewpoint of the Colca Valley. (up to this point the road is asphalted) Upon arrival you’ll have a coffe or a tea.
Time for lunch, and later transfer to the hotel.
Dinner not included.
Overnight at Colca
Day 03 Tour Colca and return to Arequipa
06:30am departure from the hotel on the left side of the Colca River until we get to the viewpoint of LA CRUZ DEL CONDOR or The Cross of the Condor, Here you will observe part of the Colca Canyon’s depth, 1000 meters approximately, you’ll also appreciate the majestic flight of the Condor,(if you are luckey) the largest bird of the Andes on its natural habitat. Visit to the typical towns of Yanque, Maca, among others, and their typical colonial churches, Pre-Incas hanging tombs, beautiful typical costumes of each locality, incredible amount of pre-Inca terracing still cultivated with Andean crops such as potatoes, corn, quinoa, amaranth , root vegetables , etc.
Time for lunch in Chivay. Return to Arequipa with the route that passes through Patapampa.
Approximate arrival at 17:00 hours and transfer to the Airport
Dinner not included.
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