“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.
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 Per Person
Accommodation at quoted hotels or similar.
Private services with a local English-speaking guide.
Meals as detailed in each program
Vistadome train OR Machu Picchu Train subject to confirmation
Services and entrance fees as detailed in each itinerary
Hello Pablo, The trip has been excellent. It was a logistically complicated trip, but having assistance at every transfer point greatly simplified things. The two guides Javier (Quito); Allan (Guayaquil), went above and beyond. The crew of Horizon was also excellent. I am grateful for all your hard work, which led to an easy and smooth trip.
Our trip was enriched by the expertise of the naturalists on board. Their depth of knowledge was impressive. The food was delectable, and special events were organized to encourage interaction among passengers. We learned much during our journey, especially conservation efforts.