AREQUIPA & COLCA CANYON TOUR

2 Nights – 3 Days

Peru is a country with diverse regions from the rainforest, Andean highlands, and a desert full of excitement that cannot be missed.

Such sites include the most attractive city of Peru, Arequipa, with its white colored colonial-style buildings giving it the nickname of the “white city”.  You’ll enjoy the vibe and its relaxed atmosphere as the second largest city in the country, not to mention the incredible backdrop of three volcanoes in the distance.  Outside of the city is the charming village of Chivay and the nearby Colca Canyon, one of the largest in the world and twice as deep as the Grand Canyon.  Colca offers breath-taking views and terraced crops that have been cultivated since pre-Inca times by the locals and home to majestic wildlife like one of the world’s largest birds, the Andean Condor, that you can watch soaring in the morning sun.

3 Days Arequipa & Colca Canyon

ITINERARY

Arriving at Arequipa airport you will be transferred to your hotel.  You’ll have an afternoon city tour beginning at the Santa Catalina Monastery.  The convent is a city within the city, founded at the end of the XVII century. The nuns have dedicated their entire lives to devotion and prayer in silence.  The city tour also includes the Main Plaza or Plaza de Armas, as all main plazas are called in Peru, as well as the Cathedral (closed on Sundays), the Jesuit Cloister and the residential areas of Cayma and Yanahuara. The tour will end at the “Mirador de Yanahuara” for a superb view of the three volcanoes that make up the bold outline of the city. (Private services).  You will return to your selected hotel afterwards.

You will depart for a two day visit to the Colca Valley (Private services). This tour is so impressive, not only for its appreciative beauty, but for the cultural interaction of the ancient Andean cultures and the Catholic religion introduced by the Spanish. In the early morning you’ll leave Arequipa and head towards the valley. On your way you’ll pass Yura, Pampa de Arrieros, and Pampa Cañahuas where you’ll find the Vicuña National Reserve of Aguada Blanca, Vizcachani and Tojra.  Here you can see a variety of migratory birds resting in so-called “bofedales”, or peat bogs, throughout the year.  As you enter the Colca Canyon you’ll arrive at its most important town, Chivay, where you’ll have lunch and an opportunity to mingle with locals and get a taste for a traditional Peruvian highland village. You’ll stay at your selected hotel.

Early in the morning you will begin the drive to the observation point called the “Cruz del Condor”. While this is not the deepest point of the Canyon, you can still appreciate the grandeur of the canyon and with a bit of luck, you may spot an Andean condor, one of the largest flying birds in the world, soaring across the high plain in search of their morning meal. Afterwards, you will be transferred to Puno to your selected hotel. (Private vehicle only).

Prices 2022

Prices Per Person

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION
FIRST MID-RANGE STANDARD
1 Guest $ 1,550.00 $ 1,475.00 $ 1,325.00
2 Guests $ 838.00 $ 825.00 $ 750.00
3 Guests $ 675.00 $ 650.00 $ 575.00
4-5 Guests $ 613.00 $ 588.00 $ 513.00
Single Supplement $ 200.00 $ 188.00 $ 113.00

INCLUDED:

  • Private services with local English-speaking guide

  • Services and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary

  • Meals as per itinerary

  • Permanent assistance by our operations department

  • Accommodations at selected hotels

  • Flight San Cristobal – Isabela

  • Flight Isabela – Baltra (Only valid for luxury tours)

NOT INCLUDED:

  • All air transportation
  • Meals and services not mentioned in the program

  • Personal expenses

  • Laundry, phone bills, or any extra expenses

  • Tips

  • Migratory Control Card

  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee

  • Flights to/from Galapagos Islands

TripAdvisor Reviews

What our customers say

Dear Veronica,

My husband Pradip, Vajarias and I want to thank you for organizing our fantastic trip to Peru.

All the tour guides and the transfers were very smooth. Hotels were excellent. All the tour guides organized were very well informed and in Cusco our tour guide helped us to get to the airport safely when there was a transportation strike.

We had amazing experience in Amazon at Refugio Amazonas lodge too.

Thanks again.
Alka Amin

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Mario Antonio, UK, May 2019

Dear Gabriela,
Good Morning.

My husband Pradip, Vajarias and I want to thank you for organizing our fantastic trip to Peru.

All the tour guides and the transfers were very smooth. Hotels were excellent. All the tour guides organized were very well informed and in Cusco our tour guide helped us to get to the airport safely when there was a transportation strike.

We had amazing experience in Amazon at Refugio Amazonas lodge too.

Thanks again.
Alka Amin

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Alka Amin, USA, May 2018