Driving into the Andes you come to the beautiful city of Arequipa, home to the 16th century Santa Catalina Convent. Close to the city is the spectacular Colca Canyon, the deepest canyon on earth.. . .
Discover the charming city of Arequipa and the natural wonder of the Colca Canyon on this Independent Experience. Take a guided tour of the city, enjoy a private transfer to see the canyon up close and enjoy a delicious lunch in Chivay.
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Breakfast Included: 3 Lunches Included: 1 Lunches Included:
Arrive Arequipa, take your complimentary transfer to the Peregrine Hotel.
The remainder of the day is free.
Arequipa is a beautiful Spanish colonial city, known as ‘La Ciudad Blanca’ (The White City) because the buildings have been built almost exclusively from a white volcanic material called 'sillar'. The city lies in a beautiful valley and at the foot of the 5822-metre-high El Misti volcano, a perfectly shaped cone. Arequipa is without doubt one of the most beautiful cities in Peru. Protected by mountains, its wild surrounding landscape consists of high altitude deserts, hot springs and abyssal canyons.
Arequipa/ Colca Canyon
Enjoy a half day guided tour of the gorgeous colonial city of Arequipa. It is known as 'the white city' many of the buildings are made from volcanic sillar rock. You will visit the main square, the Santa Catalina Monastery, the San Ignacio Chapel with its colonial mural paintings and the suburb of Yanahuara.
In the afternoon you will take a Private transfer to Colca Canyon.
Today you'll continue your journey by taking a private transfer to Colca Valley and Colca Canyon. Twice as deep as the Grand Canyon and with an average depth of 3400 metres, this canyon is one of the deepest in the world. During your journey through the 'Altiplano’ (High Plains) you will see grazing wild vicunas, domesticated llamas and alpacas, as well as stone cairns that were built by the indigenous people.
You'll stop at the highest point (4910m) to enjoy views of the bleak landscape below and snowcaps on Nevado Ampato (6310m) in the distance. At this point you will feel a little shortness of breath, but after you take some photos, you'll be back in the vehicle descending to a lower altitude.
Unlike most of the Grand Canyon, there are small, picturesque villages dotted around Colca Canyon, near the remarkable Inca and pre-Inca terraced fields, that still support agriculture and human life. It is possible to see many of the locals in their highly decorative traditional dress and hats. You will drive through this stunning scenery, for the opportunity to spot one of the world’s largest flying birds, the Andean condor.
From Cruz Del Condor, a view point overlooking the valley, you may see the family of condors that nest in the Canyon walls, soar gracefully above and below you. It is truly a magnificent sight.
Enjoy an included lunch in Chivay before returning to Arequipa.
Your Independent Experience comes to an end after breakfast today. You have an included departure transfer to the meet your departing flight.
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