3-DAY TOUR AREQUIPA AND COLCA CANYON

This 3-day tour Arequipa and Colca Canyon, will take you to enjoy one of the greatest cities in Peru, guarded by not one, but three dramatic volcanoes. Voted in 2000 by UNESCO as a world heritage site, Arequipa’s architecture is an ensemble of baroque-mestizo buildings grafted out of local white sillar rock.   You will also have the chance to visit Colca the second-deepest canyon in the world to see breathtaking rock formations, stunning flora and fauna as well as mighty condors, the world´s largest flying birds, doing their ritualistic sweep around the rim every morning. An excursion to this region is one of the most memorable attractions in southern Peru bursting with history, culture and tradition.

Why to choose Culturandes Travel & Adventure for this 3-day tour Arequipa and Colca Canyon?

Are you ready to discover this 3-day tour Arequipa and Colca Canyon by the hand of our expert staff and knowledgeable local English/Spanish official guides?

We offer you:

  • reliable and high standard services
  • certified Peruvian Tour operator
  • safe transportation according the highest standards
  • detailed and personal pre-departure information
  • 24 hours support during your trip
  • excellent local official English/Spanish guides who will turn out the star of your trip

We are experts in private and customized tours all around Peru, ask our expert travel advisors to upgrade your experience with additional activities and extensions. Contact us.

PRIVATE OR GROUP SERVICES for this 3-day tour Arequipa and Colca Canyon?

This is a question we must all ask ourselves before planning a trip. The answer depends a lot on the age, the particular interests of each person but above all on the economy of each passenger. Being in a group of 15/20 people with different interests will probably mean that some of them will want to make shopping without stopping on a souvenir market while others with 10 minutes will have enough, and although there is a schedule for each activity there always exist the person who arrives some minutes late running, causing a loss of your precious vacation time, at the end of the day. Besides, the local official guide of the group will guide in both, English/Spanish languages, will has a strict stipulated itinerary and will be available for the 15/20 people at the same time. The main advantage of this service is the affordable price.

On the other side, with the private services you will have a very accommodate driver (if this is the case) who will make the necessary stops where you indicate and for the time you will considerer convenient in each place and a local official guide who will guide in your own language (when possible, if not just in one language, most of the times English) and who will perfectly know your particular interests to make of your trip a very personal experience, without losing time in places that are not of your interest. The main advantage of a private tour is that you use your vacation time more efficiently, learn more about the country and have all the attention of your guide, no doubt a “must” for the demanding client. If you have 5 or more people in the group, we recommend you take the private services as the price gets very close to that of the group services.

We urge you to get in touch with us so we can design your trip to Peru together, probably combining some excursions in private and some in group services. Our team of experienced voyagers knows what it means to plan a trip of a lifetime as well as the investment that implies, therefore, we want everything to go perfect.

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TOUR CATEGORY
  • Cultural
  • Nature

LOCATION
  • Arequipa
  • Colca Canyon

ACTIVITY LEVEL
  • Easy

DURATION
  • 3 days / 2 nights

WHEN TO GO
  • Year round

AREQUIPA

  • Wander around one of most important cities of Peru
  • Take in the beautiful colonial houses
  • Enter Santa Catalina Monastery and step back 400 years in time into a walled city within a city.
  • Taste some of the most distinguished cuisine of Peru and dare yourself to try the spicy fare in the local “Picanterias”.

COLCA CANYON

  • Wander through a region that boasts a dramatic and colorful landscape sprinkled with charming colonial and ancestral villages.
  • Bask in the medicinal hot springs
  • Watch the majestic condors as they soar around the snowcapped mountains of the Andes.

DAY 01 AREQUIPA CITY TOUR

Standing at the foot of El Misti Volcano and brimming with colonial Spanish charm, take the opportunity to visit, along with your guide,  the most important parts of the Arequipa city which vies with Cusco for the title of Peru’s most attractive city, and retains an elegant historic center constructed almost entirely out of a pale volcanic rock called sillar. Old buildings dazzle in the sun, giving the city its nickname of the ‘White City’. The main plaza, with its cafes and nearby cathedral, is a lovely place to while away the day.

A visit to the Monasterio de Santa Catalina is a must for a glimpse into a bygone way of life. When the convent was built in the 16th century it was traditional for the second son or daughter of a family to enter the religious service. Santa Catalina accepted only women from high-class Spanish families, with each family paying a hefty dowry for her acceptance. But life inside the convent was far from modest – each nun had between one and four servants. Many brought rugs, fine china and silk curtains, and they often held parties.

Optional: A visit to Arequipa would never be complete without a visit to see the mummy of the teenage Inca maiden, now christened Juanita. Learn the story of one of the most important archaeological finds of the recent decades in the museum. (This is only possible  if the mummy is not touring)

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DAY 02 COLCA CANYON JOURNEY. OVERNIGHT IN COLCA

Breakfast buffet

After an early breakfast and pick up from your hotel, we depart from Arequipa heading northwest following a paved road, which will lead us to Colca Canyon.

Going round the Chachani volcano, head towards the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve where you will be able to stop and take pictures of wild llamas, alpacas and vicuñas while learning how to identify the differences between all of them.

After a stop at the Tocra swamps where you will see Andean geese, ducks, Andean eagle “Kara Kara” we get to take in the crater of Chucura, an extinct volcano. After, we continue ascending a dirt road to the highest point of the trip, Patapampa (4800 meters-15000 feet), where the  view of the volcanoes Ubinas, Mismi, Misti, Chachani, Sabancaya (which is still active) and Ampato is simply magnificent.

The journey then continues downhill to the main village of Colca Canyon, the village of Chivay.   The Incan and pre-Incan terraces that are carved into the walls are still cultivated today and traditional Indian villages are dotted throughout the canyon. Time for lunch (not included).  Transfer to your lodging.

 

MAKE IT DIFFERENT (OPTIONAL)

 We advise our clients to lodge in hotels that have their own thermal pools, but if this should not be possible, then later in the afternoon you will be able to visit the Calera hot springs (35ºC/95ºF), to enjoy a relaxing bath in their large thermal pools surrounded by huge mountains.  Walking around the town and experiencing the local life is a good idea before having dinner with a traditional Peruvian musical performance.

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DAY 03 CRUZ DEL CONDOR. RETURN TO AREQUIPA OR BUS TO PUNO

Breakfast buffet

The main attraction of the canyon is not only the amazing scenery, but also the magnificent Andean Condor. To fully appreciate this majestic bird, an early start is necessary. After two hour ride along the edge of the Canyon having the best views of the Colca Valley, you will reach a natural viewpoint, from where you will be able to see these dignified Andean creatures soaring gracefully on the rising thermal air currents.
On the way back, there will be some stops in the typical towns of Pinchollo, Maca and Yanque with their beautiful colonial churches, and you can interact with the friendly locals dressed in their typical needlework costumes. From some strategic observation points you will experience fantastic views of the beautiful pre-Inca terraces that are still used to grow Andean cereals such as corn, quinoa or kiwicha.
After a relaxing lunch in Chivay (on your behalf), you will return to Arequipa, or if you prefer, continue your trip by bus to the city of Puno.

 

MAKE IT DIFFERENT (OPTIONAL)

Ask our experts about an extension to the Titicaca the highest navigable lake in the World , to the majestic city of Cusco and Machu Picchu, the the enigmatic Amazon or the mysterious Nazca lines.

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