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Colca Canyon to Arequipa Extension

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Overview

The best that Southern Peru has to offer has been precisely handpicked to create this high-quality itinerary for true nature-lovers, ensuring you will experience the extraordinary beauty of the South.

Travel across the Andes on this four-day add-on package and visit the second deepest canyon in the world, Colca Canyon. Home to a large population of Llamas, Guanacos, and the world's largest flying bird; the Andean Condor, you will be mesmerised by the beauty and nature of Peru's third most visited destination by tourists.
After an evening soaking in the many hot springs in the Colca Canyon, continue down to one of Peru's most beautiful cities - Arequipa and discover why it is famously known as 'The White City'. Spend two days soaking up the atmosphere in one of the most picturesque plazas in the Americas, Arequipa's Plaza de Armas, with El Misti Volcano towering over 5,800 meters in the background. 

This itinerary also runs in reverse. Click here for more info.

On this all-encompassing personalised itinerary, Chimu will provide travel logistics for your travel party for the duration of your journey, plus expert guides for all the major sightseeing as per itinerary. Each night you will stay in superior accommodation, handpicked by our experienced team for their creature comforts, convenient locations, and impeccable service. 

Trip Code: PEKSCCA

Travel Style: Extension package

Location: Peru

Flights: Ask us about booking your internal flights with your flights to/from South America to save money by creating an 'airpass'. Contact us for more info

WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS ITINERARY

  • Visit the second deepest canyon in the world with a depth of over 3,500 meters, Colca Canyon is also one of the best viewing sites in all of the Andes to see the largest flying bird in the world, the Andean Condor

  • After soaking in one of the many hot springs in the Colca Canyon, continue on to Arequipa to soak up the atmosphere in one of the most beautiful plaza's in all of South America, Arequipa's Plaza de Armas.

  • Discover Peru's second largest city known as La Cuidad Blanca, which translates to The White City

  • Each night you will stay in superior accommodation ensuring your journey is comfortable

ITINERARY INSPIRATION

Early pickup from your Puno Hotel to start the journey by bus to Colca. You will board a touristic bus that includes a hostess who speaks limited English, as well as snacks and beverages. The duration of this bus journey is approximately six hours, including a stop at Lagunillas Lagoon, where you will see birds and camelids. Also stopping along the way at Patapampa (4,900 metres above sea level) offering majestic views of the cordillera and volcanoes of the Arequipa region.

Upon arrival to the town of Chivay you will be transferred to your hotel. Here in Chivay Town, the local people maintain their traditional way of life and continue to cultivate the pre-Inca stepped agricultural terraces. Many of the women wear traditional dress with colourful embroidered blouses and flower-patterned hats.

You can spend the afternoon at leisure and your guide will provide you with options for activities, as well as outlining the pickup time and information for the next days tour to Colca Canyon.

There is an optional visit to the 40ºC thermal-medicinal baths in La Calera. (Entrance fee to the pools is not included and is US$ 7.00 per person approximately – subject to change.)
Note: The optional visit to La Calera Hot Springs is for clients staying in Chivay town only. For those guests staying at Colca Lodge, the hotel has its own hot spring pools (four) which are located on the banks of the river for you to enjoy.

Puno to Chivay

Colca Canyon is a river canyon situated amongst the mountains of the Western Andes in Southern Peru. It is famed as one of the world's deepest canyon and is a renowned habitat for the giant Andean Condor, best viewed from locations such as Cruz del Condor. The canyon landscape comprises a green valley and remote traditional villages with terraced agriculture that predates the Incas.

Arrival in Colca Canyon

Following breakfast, we travel to the ‘Cruz del Condor’, a spot considered to be the best viewpoint to watch the majestic Andean condors ascending from the valley.

The Colca Canyon is a canyon of the Colca River and one of the deepest canyons in the world. It is home to the Andean condors that can be seen at close range as they fly past the canyon walls, rising on the thermals. At the 'Cruz del Condor' viewpoint, the canyon floor is 3,960 feet (1,200 m) below the rim of the canyon.

After this amazing spectacle, we continue our journey back to the town of Chivay, taking in the beautiful Andean scenery and fascinating pre-Inca, Inca and Colonial history of the area. The road passes through several small villages founded in Spanish colonial times and still inhabited by people of the Collagua and the Cabana cultures. The local people maintain their traditional way of life and continue to cultivate the pre-Inca stepped terraces. Many of the women wear traditional dress with colourful embroidered blouses and flower-patterned hats.

This afternoon, travel by bus to Arequipa where you will be transferred to your hotel.

Colca Canyon to Arequipa

Arequipa lies on the edge of the Altiplano, 2380m above sea level and framed by the volcanoes Misti, Pikchu Pikchu and Chachani. It is known as “La Ciudad Blanca” (White City), as many of its buildings are made of sillar, a white volcanic stone. The historic centre of Arequipa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its historic heritage, natural scenery and cultural sites, make the city a popular destination.

Arequipa

Today we explore the beautiful city of Arequipa, known locally as ‘The White City’ due to its glistening white buildings built from volcanic rock. During this tour, we will visit a number of sites throughout the city including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Santa Catalina Monastery, the Main Square, the Complex of San Franscico and the Arequipa Cathedral, one of the biggest in South America.

The tour starts with a visit to the Carmen Alto viewpoint, located on the right side of the Chili River which once divided Arequipa into two parts. On both sides of the river it is possible to see the agricultural terraces from the Pre-Inca period which are still in good condition, as well as a beautiful landscape dominated by the majesty of the Misti, Chachani and Pichupichu volcanoes. We will continue on to the Spanish Colonial district of Yanahuara, a traditional neighbourhood characterised by beautiful narrow, cobblestone streets of Andalusian influence. The main square, located in the highest part of the district, houses the famous Saint John the Baptist Church (1750) distinguished by a baroque style façade. On the right stands the viewpoint, built in the XIX century, comprising bas-relief arches engraved with phrases and thoughts of renowned Arequipeños. From this viewpoint we will also have an uninterrupted view of downtown Arequipa and the Misti volcano.

From here we will return downtown and walk to the Plaza De Armas (Main Square), one of the most beautiful and stunning squares in Peru. After, we will continue to the Compañia De Jesus religious complex, complete with church and cloister. The church’s façade is one of the most archetypical representations of the baroque style in Southern Peru and inside we will spend time admiring the colonial paintings and golden altars of this impressive church. Next, we will visit the Saint Ignatius Chapel which is well-known for its sacristy and very famous polychrome cupola. And finally, we will view the cloister, built in 1738, the cloister is characterized by archways of heavy pillars fully decorated on four sides and it’s three patios.

Lastly, we will head to the Andean Sanctuaries Museum, home to the Juanita mummy. Discovered atop Ampato Mountain in 1995, in the Andes of Southern Peru, Juanita is in fact not a mummy but a frozen 12-year-old Inca girl who was sacrificed to the gods in the 1450’s. We will finish the tour with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Saint Catalina Monastery – a small citadel comprising of narrow streets, squares and gardens, a rustic laundry, and cells; as well as stunning and airtight cloisters in the middle of huge walls made from ashlars.

Note: The Andean Sanctuary Museum where the Juanita mummy exhibit is located, is open for visits from Tuesday to Saturday from 09:00 to 18:00. On Sundays it is open from 09:00 to 14:00 and it is closed on Mondays. Santa Catalina Monastery is open for visits from Monday to Sunday, from 09:00 to 18:00 (last visitors enter at 17:00).

Private Arequipa City Tour and Monasterio

You will be collected from your hotel at the appropriate time and transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Transfer to the airport for onward destinatio
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Important Information

  • Inclusions 

    Private departure airport Transfer
    Shared bus transfers as part of itinerary 
    Accommodation with breakfast daily
    Sightseeing with local English-speaking guide
    Other meals where stated

    Exclusions 

    International flight
    Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable) 
    Travel Insurance
    Beverages
    Personal expenses
    Gratuities for tour guides/drivers
    Any items not mentioned as included

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • A Single Surcharge is available on request. Please contact us for more information.

  • Season and availability

Accommodation

We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.

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Sustainability

Chimu Adventures undertakes a number of sustainability measures within its operations including:

1) Only using local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprints. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting.

2) Where possible, using locally owned and operated boutique hotels to maximise the return to the local community.

3) Chimu’s “Pass it on” programme has provided funding to hundreds of local community projects in Latin America. Our aim is to empower local communities, helping them to develop their own infrastructure for the future. Since 2006, we have been working with Kiva (a well-known Non-Governmental Organisation), providing hundreds of loans to local businesses all over South America.

4) In our pre tour information we provide a range of tips and advice on how to minimise your impact on both local environments and communities.

5) Chimu Adventures’ offices also take a number of sustainability measures including carbon offsets for company vehicles and most staff travel. Chimu Adventure’s internal processes are also structures to create a paperless office and to reduce waste. There are also internal programmes to help staff minimise their carbon footprint such as our staff bike purchase assistance plan which encourages office staff to commute to work via bicycle. Currently almost half of our office based staff commute to work via bicycle.

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