Welcome to Arequipa
It’s hard playing second fiddle to Cuzco and Machu Picchu on Peru’s international tourist circuit, not that this little detail makes the average arequipeño jealous. Other Peruvians joke that you need a different passport to enter Peru’s second-largest city, a metropolis one-tenth of the size of the capital Lima but pugnaciously equal to it in terms of cuisine, historical significance and confident... Read More
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Arequipa City Tour Including St Catherine Monastery
Arequipa is known as the White City (Ciudad Blanca) due to its many colonial-era buildings made from sillar, a white volcanic rock; admire these buildings and more as you start your city tour with pickup at your hotel by air-conditioned coach. With your guide, head first to the St Lazarus quarter, where Arequipa was founded. Hop off the coach to walk along the picturesque streets lined with flowers and hear about the history of the city from your guide, and then make your way to the Carmen Alto viewpoint, where you’ll have a fabulous view of the outlying farmland and three volcanoes that surround the city: Misti, Cachani and Pichu Pichu. After snapping some photos, continue your city sightseeing tour to another colonial district – Yanahuara – famous for its Andalusia-style church and buildings made from sillar. The area is also known for El Mirador de Yanahuara, a popular viewpoint where you’ll catch more views!Next, visit the Monastery of St Catherine, a beautiful religious site home to the nuns of the Dominican Second Order that was closed to the public for nearly 400 years. Open today, it offers narrow alleyways and a peaceful plaza and gardens reminiscent of ancient Seville or Granada; enjoy the serene atmosphere as you stroll through them with your guide. Lastly, head to Arequipa’s main square – Plaza de Armas – to see the Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa, which has a history that dates back to the 1500s, although the physical structure has been rebuilt many times due to earthquakes and fires. You’ll then visit the Iglesia de los Jesuita (Church of the Society of Jesus), founded in the 17th century by Jesuits and known for its cloisters and St Ignacio Dome. After this perfect introduction to Arequipa, your tour ends when you are returned to your hotel.
Colca Valley Overnight Tour from Arequipa: Colca Canyon, Vicuna Reserve and Condors
Day 1: Arequipa – Colca Valley (L)After pickup from your hotel by minivan or coach, depending on group size, you’ll make your way north of Arequipa to the Colca Valley. The spectacular drive to Colca will have you glued to your window as you drive through two skirts of volcanoes - Chachani and Pichu Pichu.Pass through the Pampa Cañahuas Vicuna Reserve, where you’ll see vicunas (a relative of the llama) roaming freely in the highlands. Then drive past typical Peruvian villages on your way to the town of Chivay, where you’ll enjoy lunch and then have the rest of the day free to relax, get acquainted with the town and your accommodation, and have dinner on your own. If you wish, visit the nearby hot baths (own expense; your guide can provide information on this if you’re interested); if you have chosen to stay at the Colca Lodge Hotel, you can enjoy its private hot springs. Overnight: Your selected accommodation in Chivay or at the Colca Lodge Hotel (not included)Day 2: Colca Valley – Arequipa (L)Wake up early for the highlight of your day – a glorious view of Colca Canyon. Head with your guide to the Condor Cross viewpoint, which 3,960 feet (1,200 meters) high boasts fabulous views of the canyon, one of the deepest in the world. In addition to the canyon vistas, you’ll also hopefully catch sight of condors flying through the air. Symbols of the Andes, these enormous birds have wingspans of up to 10.5 feet (3.2 meters), and Condor Cross is one of the best places in the area to see them! Next, visit the villages of Maca (Achoma) and Yanque, where you can admire their well-preserved colonial churches before enjoying lunch and relaxing on the drive back to Arequipa, where your tour ends.
Lake Titicaca Day Tour
This tour begins between 6:00-7:00am with a transfer from your Puno City Center hotel to the port. Then by motor boat (35 feet long with a covered section in case of rain or cold weather, 25 individual seats) you'll head out to the Uros floating Islands. Stepping on them feels very much like a water bed (but it is quite safe). You'll see the houses, the islands and meet its friendly inhabitants. Uros people are descendants of one of the oldest South American groups. Rides on traditional reed boats can be arranged for an additional fee (not included in tour cost). You'll visit two of the 60 islands before continuing on to Taquile Island.After a relaxed navigation of an extra 2.5-hours and getting the chance to enjoy the spectacular views offered by Lake Titicaca, you'll arrive to Taquile island. There, lives a unique community. A long path gradually ascending (45 min. hike approx.) will take you to the village, the views are beautiful. Visit the communal cooperative where you will find handicraft textiles of high quality. Have lunch on your own at one of the many local restaurants, before descending the 500 steps down to the main port of the island. At approximately 2:30pm. we'll depart back to Puno (3 hours return journey). At 5.30 pm we arrive to Puno. On arrival to Puno you'll be transferred back to your Puno hotel.
Shared Arrival Transfer: Arequipa Airport to Hotels
When you arrive at Arequipa’s Rodriguez Ballon International Airport, your friendly, professional driver will take you to your Arequipa hotel or other accommodation in air-conditioned comfort. When making a booking, please provide all flight arrival and departure details and full address of your accommodation. Your transfer will be confirmed instantly, and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver.
Shared Departure Transfer: Arequipa Hotels to Airport
On the day of your departure, a representative will pick you up from your Arequipa hotel and take you to Rodriguez Ballon International Airport with enough time to make your departing flight.When making a booking, please advise your flight details and your Arequipa hotel details. Your transfer will be confirmed instantly and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver.
Colca Canyon Day Trip from Arequipa
Start your day off early with a pick-up from your hotel between 2:45am and 3:15am. Your guide will accompany you for the 3-hour drive into the Colca Canyon to reach the town of Chivay, located at 3,600 meters (11,800 feet) above sea level. Arrive at 6am and have breakfast here. Drive through the scenic landscape passing by agricultural fields, Antahuilque, the Choquetico Tombs and the tiny village of Yanque towards Cruz del Condor viewpoint. Watch quietly and patiently to see the giant Andean Condor flying silently overhead from this impressive overlook point.Afterwards, you'll return to Chivay by way of Maca village where you can watch farmers plowing their fields and stop in the beautiful XVI century colonial church. Upon arrival to Chivay, we will stop at the La Calera Hot Springs so you can relax and soak in the therapeutic pools if you wish. Have lunch on your own in Chivay and enjoy free time to visit the local marketplace and main square. At 2pm, you'll make your way back to Arequipa visiting the viewpoint of Patapampa at 4800 meters (15,750 feet), the highest point between the Colca Canyon and Arequipa, to view the Ampato volcano where the mummy Juanita was discovered. Afterwards, you'll continue to Toqrapampa, where you can see small lagoons filled with Andean birds. Our last stop will be Pampa Cañahuas National Park, where we will be able to see llamas, alpacas and vicuñas before arriving to Arequipa at approximately 5pm. You'll be dropped off in the Arequipa city center after a fun and busy day!