Arequipa is adorned with colonial churches, mansions and a beautiful convent with a stunning backdrop provided by the volcanoes, which dominate the skyline. To the North, the Colca Canyon is a magnificent Andean Valley, home to condors and traditional communities.
Arequipa & The Colca Canyon: 4 days/3 nights
Day 1: Arrive Arequipa
On arrival, transfer to your chosen hotel.
Morning arrivals enjoy an afternoon tour of the “White City”, including the Plaza de Armas (main square), the Cathedral, La Compañia Church and the famous Monastery of Santa Catalina. Next, visit the city’s picturesque surroundings
Day 2: Colca Canyon
Depart for the Colca Canyon, which is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon and bordered on either side by unspoilt villages. Enjoy the spectacular Misti and Chachani volcanoes along the way. Go through the National reserve of Aguada Blanca, where vicuñas and possibly guanacos can be seen. Visit Mollepunku’s paintings and observe the beautiful terraces built by the pre-Incas for agriculture. Quaint colonial villages can also be admired. Picnic lunch is included. During the afternoon, you will arrive at Chivay or Yanque where you can enjoy the thermal baths and evening meal (included).
Day 3: Return to Arequipa
In the morning, stop at Cuz del Condor, the condor sanctuary where you can view the majestic condors in flight. Picnic lunch included. Visit the towns of Pinchollo, Maca and Yanque. In the afternoon, return to Arequipa via Patapampa where the active volcano of Sabancaya will be seen in its splendour.
Day 4: Depart Arequipa
Transfer from your hotel to the airport.
Arequipa Tours - Overview
Full day and half day tours available from Arequipa. To read more about featured tours, please follow the link in the "Tours" box, below.
A half day tour of the "White City" taking in all of the main attractions...
Countryside & Sabandia’s Mill
Tour the outskirts of Arequipa, passing through the Socabaya and the famous Yumina terraces. Visit the colonial-style Molino de Sabandia, and also the Mansion del Fundador.
Colca Canyon 2 days / 1 night
A two day tour of the spectacular Colcan Canyon, surrounding volcanoes, national reserves, quaint villages & towns, as well as a visit to Cruz del Condor & Tapay condor sanctuaries.
Colca Canyon Special 3 days / 2 nights from Arequipa to Puno
Take in all of the beauty of the attractions featured in our Colca Canyon 2 day tour, but with an extra afternoon free to enjoy a hike to the surrounding Lari, Ichupampa and Corporaque hamlets. On day 3, before departure to Puno, you will have the opportunity to visit Chivay and its markets and handicraft shops...
Toro Muerto Petroglyphs
Full day tour. Pass through several picturesque and colourful valleys and enjoy a 2 hour trek to Toro Muerto where more than 2,000 engravings on volcanic rock can be viewed.
Santa Teresa /Casa del Moral & Juanita’s Mummy
Visit the recently opened Santa Teresa Monastery, La Casa del Moral, and the Museum Santuarios Andinos.