Santa Catalina convent - Arequipa Day 01: Arrival to Arequipa – City Tour & Santa Catalina Monastery.
You arrive in the city of Arequipa and are transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, you will tour the famed "White City", stopping by the Santa Catalina Convent, a lovely 16th century city in miniature that mimics the styles of different Spanish cities of that time, the Main Square with its three different entrances, and the Church of the Society of Christ, a supreme example of 17th century Mixed Baroque and Spanish Baroque Churrigueresque art, as is the multicolored frescos of the San Ignacio cupola. Following this, you will visit the traditional districts of Cayma and Yanahuara that boasts a lookout and a lovely church.
Overnight at the Hotel in Arequipa.
On the way to Chivay - Arequipa
Day 02: Arequipa to Colca Valley with overnight.
7 -8 hours aprox.
After the 7:30AM hotel pickup you will make your way 160km across the Chivay town. Early into the tour you will feast your eyes on the magnificent views of the volcanoes Misti, Chachani and Pichu Pichu as you draw near National Reserve of “Pampa Cañahuas”. Upon reaching the reserve you can witness the wild Vicuñas in its natural habitat. From there we move on to Pata wasi (3800m) where you will take pleasure in the natural rock formations with the Misti and Chachani volcanoes on your rear. We will ascend further to a mountainous and splendid 4500m height, passing “Tocra” on the way. You can take in the beauty of beautiful lakes in the area, and take pictures of “Altiplano”, which is the world’s largest high plateau area, behind Tibetan plateau. The “highlight” of the tour will be “Pata Pampa” where you will stand at 4820m. Approaching the Chivay town (3651m), you will be amazed at Colca valley’s multicolored terraces. You can enjoy your lunch in or around your hotel in Chivay.
Optional hike at 3:30pm; after driving to Coporaque town we will visit the traditional main square and if you like, hike up to San Antonio ruins. In addition to seeing a cemetery here you can also enjoy the spectacular Canyon terrace views. You can then relax at your hotel in late afternoon. If you’re in the mood, you can also go to La Calera and see the thermal springs there. Overnight at the Hotel in Colca Valley
View from Cruz del Condor - Arequipa
Day 03: Cruz del Condor - Return to Arequipa.
7 - 8 hours
The second day starts with an early breakfast. After that we will drive to Cross of the Condor where you can see these large (largest in western hemisphere) flying birds. Then we will move on to visit Colca Valley in Cruz del Cóndor. This is the second deepest canyon on earth (4km at deepest point).
After this valley you can see the astounding spectacle of the flying condors. The journey back to Chivay will then begin, seeing the town of Pinchollo along the way as well as the “Antahuilque viewpoint” to view a marvelous terrace built 1500 years ago by the Collaguas civilization. Another stop over will be at viewpoints “Choquetico” and “Tumbas colgantes” which means ‘hanging tombs’. Here you can see the litomaqueta which is a rock-carving model of the canyon terraces.
Our tour will progress with visits to the towns of Maca (shook by earthquake in 1991) and Yanque where you can see the valley’s most beautiful church. After arriving in Chivay again you can enjoy a hearty lunch at a local eatery. You can expect to be back in Arequipa city around 5:00PM. We will transport you to your hotel and you can spend the evening as you wish.
Overnight at the Hotel in Arequipa.
Yanahuara mirador, Arequipa
Day 04: Departure from Arequipa
After breakfast at your hotel, our representative will meet you at your hotel and take you to the airport for your journey home or on to your next destination.