On the skirts of the western range of the Andes, at the foot of the Misti volcano, Arequipa (2,350 m.a.s.l.), is the capital of the department of the same name. It is a beautiful city of mansions, temples and convents built out of ‘sillar’ – a material of solidified volcanic rock -, and distinguished by a unique architectural style. Arequipa is surrounded by magical countryside giving it a refreshing, bucolic air. In the Arequipa Historical Centreyou can admire a wholly ‘arequipeño’ architecturural style. Formed towards the end of the 17th century, it’s a blend of Italian baroque, Spanish silver-plating and Andean creativity.OUR ITINERARY
DAY 1 : AREQUIPA – CHIVAY
Pick up at the hotel in the morning, for departure 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 Inca terraces still being cultivated by native Collagua can be observed. The highest point of the road is at 4350 m.a.s.l. after we arrival to the town of Chivay at 13:00 aproximately. them we go to the hotel. In the afternoon we visit the hot springs of Calera, it is a turistic complex there are pool whit volcan water, after this we return to the Chivay city.DAY 2 : COLCA CANYON – AREQUIPA
Breakfast at the hotel and departure to the “Condor`s Cross” it is the point more important for aprecied the most beutifull part of the canyon.
From here the great Andean bird, the condor, may be spotted flying in circles. Enjoy the impresive panoraman of the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest in the world.
After the visit we return to Chivay, 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.
Return to the Arequipa city at 5 or 6 p.m. aprox.Transfer to the hotel.
- Proffessional guide.
- One night in hotel.
- Tourist ticket.
- Ticket for the pool. (inthe springs water)
- You must bring cash to buy the tickets, and passport if you are foreigners and DNI if you are Peruvians.