Arequipa has been built almost entirely in ashlar, a class of white volcanic stone, and is known as the White City.
Arequipa is adorned with colonial churches, mansions and a beautiful convent with a stunning backdrop provided by the volcanoes which dominate the skyline. The Santa Cataina Monastery, built in 1579, served as an isolation house for women of the era.
The city is well known for it's textile production and exquisite gastronomy.
Some 165km to the North, you will find the Colca Canyon which is a magnificent Andean Valley, home to condors and traditional communities. There are approximately 8,000 hectares of irrigated land terraces in this valley, which after 1500 years are still in operation.
Arequipa & The Colca Canyon: 5 days/4 nights
Day 1: Arrival in Arequipa. Reception and transfer to your hotel.
Day 2: In the morning, tour of the "White City", including the "Plaza de Armas" (main square), La Compañia Church and the famous Monastery of Santa Catalina. Then, visit its picturesque surroundings. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 3: Departure to the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world. Enjoy the spectacular views of the Misti and Chachani volcanoes. Then, go through the National Reserve of Aguada Blanca and Pampa Cañahuas, where vicuñas and possibly guanacos can be seen. Stop at a restaurant called “Chinitos“ (4,000 m.a.s.l.) to strech legs. Continue to Pampa de Toccra, where you can see Peruvian camelids and some Andean birds. Afterwards, reach the Mirador de los Andes in Patapampa the highest point (4,900 m), from where you can appreciate the “Cordillera de Chila”, as well as the Mismi, Hualca Hualca, Sabancaya, Ampato, Chachani, Misti and the Ubinas volcanoes. Arrive at Chivay for lunch. Afterwards, transfer to Colca Lodge. Dinner at the lodge.
Day 4: Buffet breakfast. In the morning, stop at Cruz del Condor, sanctuary of the condors. Here appreciate the beauty of the canyon and observe the awesome flight of the condors. Visit the towns of Yanque and Maca towns and the Antahuilque and Peña Blanca scenic viewpoints. In the afternoon, enjoy a walk to Uyu Uyu (pre-Inca ruins). Lunch and dinner at the lodge.
Day 5: Buffet breakfast. Departure to Puno or return to Arequipa.