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For centuries, the "White City" has served as an intellectual bastion and cradle of Peruvian literature and art. But priests and scholars are no strangers to the more earthly delights, and Arequipa is renowned for its distinctive and delicious cuisine. The city is also known as a gateway into the Colca, offering numerous trekking opportunities. The world's second deepest canyon, ringed by pre-Inca agricultural terraces carved into the steep slopes, is circled overhead by majestic condors.

Colca Canyon Tour 4 Days - 3 Nights

DAY1 : City Tour and the Catalina Convent.
Reception and transfer from the airport to the hotel. City Tour and Santa Catalina Convent: This excursion includes the visit to the Cathedral, the Compañia Church, the main square, and the convent of Santa Catalina. Then you will visit the Yanahuara Mirador, a scenic lookout that offers spectacular vistas of the city and the Volcanoes of Misti, Chachani and Picchu Picchu. In the hillside suburb of Cayma is a delighful 18th century church.

DAY 2: Arequipa - Colca Canyon.
We will pick you up from your Hotel at between 07:30 - 8:00 am to initiate our trip to the one of the deepest Canyons of the world, taking the highway from Yura, bordering the snow-covered Chachani mountain towards Cañahuas Pampas, we stop for Coca leaf tea at the Aguada Blanca National Park the habitat of the beautiful South American Cameloidaes, the vicuñas, alpacas, waris and llamas. In the lake of Tocra we will be able to appreciate a variety of migratory birds, sometimes flamencos. We will pass the crater of an extinct volcano (Chucura) and then stop at the famous volcanos panoramic viewpoint, at a high 4.800 meters above sea leavel. From here we will appreciate a great part of the western mountain range, where you can truly appreciate the Pre-Inca farming Terraces / platforms know as "andenerias".

Approximately 13:30, Arrival to Chivay and stop for Lunch (not included).
15:00 our private transport will transfer to us towards the colorful town "pueblito" of Coporaque, from where we will initiate an walk of approximately 2 hours, to enjoy the beautiful landscapes and nature of this side of the valley; as well as a pre-Inca cemetery located in the skirts of a mountain. You will notice that this region was intensively populated by Andean people communities.

At 17:00 on return from the walk you have the opportunity to enjoy the thermal baths in the Limekiln whose termo-medicinals waters oscillate between 35 to 38 degrees Celsius of temperature in the swimming pools. (US$ 3 entry).
20:00 Hrs Dinner (not included) accompanied of a show folkloric; be ready for the Peru andean dances.

DAY 3: Colca Canyon - Arequipa.
Early breakfast, we continue 06:30 in our private transport to the view-point called " Cruz del Condor " about 1.5 hour drive into this National Park where you have a very beautiful view of the Colca Canyon. This is also the place where you should be able to observe several flying condors, sometimes passing very close to you (up to a few meters). Just near this area your tour guide will show you the Pre-inca tombs hanging in the mountains. Plenty of time to spend in this natural region for pictures and gentle walking around the San Pedro cactus area. On the return we will stop in the towns of Pinchollo, Maca and Yanque, with their beautiful colonial churches, as well as in the viewpoints of Choquetico and Antahuilque, from where we will observe impressive andeneria farming platforms of the valley, and tombs in pre-Incas scale models.
Lunch at 13:00 then Return and Arrival to the City of Arequipa 17:00 to 18:00 Hrs.


DAY 4: Transfer Out

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport.

TOURS IN AREQUIPA : Colca Canyon Tour 4 Days and 3 Nights, arequipa
Posted by tours in machu picchu on 2012/11/19 10:20:00 (3295 reads)

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