Day 1: Arequipa
Upon arrival, reception, assistance and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon we start a three hour sightseeing tour including Santa Catalina Convent, the Plaza de Armas, the Jesuit Church of La Compañía and its beautifully painted Chapel, the Church of San Francisco, the San Lazaro District, Selva Alegre and the typical Districts of Cayma and Yanahuara for a magnificent view of the Misti Volcano. Meals Included: None
Day 2: Arequipa - Colca Valley
Early in the morning, after breakfast, departure by land on your excursion towards the Colca Valley driving across Pampa Cañahuas at the Aguada Blanca National Reserve, habitat of herds of Vicuñas and stopping at the Mirador de los Andes, the Crater of Chucura, the Mirador de Chivay, where beautiful pre-Columbian terraces still being cultivated by native Collaguas can be observed. The highest point of the road is at 4350 m.a.s.l.. Arrival to the Town of Chivay at 13:00hrs. approx. Transfer to your selected Lodge. Box lunch. In the afternoon free time to visit Hot Spring Thermal and Medicinal Baths. Meals Included: Breakfast and box lunch.
Day 3: Condor's Cross - Arequipa
Early in the morning departure to the "Condor's Cross" from where the great Andean bird, the Condor, may be spotted flying in circles above still farmed green pre-Hispanic terraces. Enjoy the impressive panorama of the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest in the World (3,180 mts.). On the way back to Chivay, visit to the Mirador of Chinina, where we will find the famous Hanging Tombs and the Hanging Bridge of Sifón that joins the Town of Yanque with Coporaque. At the Town of Yanque, visit its beautiful church and its characteristic cobbled stone streets among other attractions. To have spectacular views of the Colca Valley, we will drive to the observation points of Choquetipo and Artahuilque and also to the Town of Maca. After lunch at a local restaurant, return to the City of Arequipa, arriving at 18:00hrs. approx. Overnight at selected hotel. Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch.
Day 4: Arequipa
After breakfast. Transfer to the local airport or bus station. Meals Included: Breakfast
Price Excludes: Flights
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