Colca Canyon and Arequipa

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Colca Canyon and Arequipa information and booking

from
$890
  • Duration
    4 days
    Days
  • Group size
    2-6
    Persons
  • Difficulty
    Adventure touring
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 4 day trip
  • 3 nights lodge/hotel
Equipment Required
Specialist gear required include walking boots and day pack (a comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking).

Highlights

  • Tour of Arequipa
  • Spectacular views of Colca Canyon
  • Visit the deepest canyon in the world

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

Arequipa is the home of the beautiful Santa Catalina Convent and the gateway to one of the world's deepest canyons, the Colca. Explore the Colca, which is twice the depth of the Grand Canyon and we hope to view the huge Andean Condor soaring in the early morning thermals overhead.

What's included

  • 3 breakfasts and 2 lunches
  • Local bilingual driver/guide
  • Comfortable well located hotels
  • Private transportation
  • Sightseeing and site entrance fees as listed

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Arequipa
Upon arrival into Arequipa, you will be met and driven to the hotel. The city is known as the white city because of the lovely pale volcanic rock that is used for many of its buildings. The afternoon is free to wander this interesting city.
Day 2 Arequipa to Colca Canyon
After an early breakfast we board our private vehicle for a spectacular drive past the perfect cone shaped Mount Misti. At 5822m this towering volcano provides a spectacular backdrop to the city of Arequipa. We ascend around the back of Misti to the dry semi-desert where we often see herds of wild vicuña and cross a high pass before an immediate and spectacular descent into the canyon to Chivay. We spend the rest of the day visiting parts of this massive canyon – which is arguably the deepest in the world!
Day 3 At Colca and return to Arequipa
An early start for a drive along the top of the canyon to visit the famous ‘Condor's Lookout' where we get a chance to look for these magnificent birds (the heaviest flying bird in the world) gliding below and above us. Since they are wild birds we cannot guarantee sightings but most groups do get to see them. Early in the morning, as the sun starts to heat the air, is the best time to view the condors as they set sail from the rocky valley sides into the thermals. After a last look at the Colca area we depart for the drive back to Arequipa.
Day 4 Morning sightseeing tour, trip concludes in Arequipa
This morning we enjoy a half day guided tour of the city and the famous Santa Catalina Convent which is one of Peru’s most fascinating colonial religious buildings. Following your morning tour, you have the option to transfer to the airport, where services conclude.