Arequipa and Condor Watching in Colca Canyon

Classic Trip

We invite you to discover Peru’s second largest city, Arequipa, and its interesting buildings made of white volcanic material. Take one of our Colca Canyon Tours and explore one of Peru´s greatest natural sceneries: the Cañon de Colca, where majestic condors are circling over the morning thermals!

  • 4

    Days

  • 3

    Nights

From US$

545.00

Per Person

Highlights

Discover the ‘white city’ Arequipa.

Condor Spotting in the Colca Canyon.

Breathtaking landscapes with deep canyons and volcanoes in the backdrop.

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itinerary & includes


Day 1: Arequipa

Day 2: Tours in Arequipa and Colca Canyon

Day 3: Colca

Day 4: Condor Watching, Puno

Included in this tour:

­Shared transfers and excursions.
­Accommodation.
­Entrance fees for the mentioned excursions.
Regular bus Colca-Puno.

Day 1: Arequipa
Welcome to Arequipa, the ‘White City”! Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and privately escorted to your hotel. Enjoy one of our half day city tours in Arequipa in the afternoon. Some of the old buildings were made of white volcanic material (sillar) which has given Arequipa the name of the ‘white city’. The tour continues with the visit to the museum Santuario Andino and its famous Juanita mummy. Finally we head to the Yanahuara viewpoint for a magnificent view of the Misti Volcano (5,825 m / 19,110 ft), and the city. Overnight at Hotel Casa Andina Classic .

Day 2: Tours in Arequipa and Colca Canyon
In the early morning we leave Arequipa and head towards the valley. On our way we pass Pampa de Arrieros, Pampa Cañahuas (where we find the Vicuna National Reserve of Aguada Blanca), as well as Vizcachani and Tojra, a good place for spotting Andean birds. As we enter the Colca Valley we will have awesome views of volcanoes Mismi, Misti Chachani and the glaciers Ampato, Sabancaya and Hualca Hualca. After an approximately 4 hours drive we arrive at Chivay, Colca‘s most important town where we will make a short stop to explore the local market and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards we continue the journey to our hotel. In the afternoon we have the chance to relax in La Calera hot springs located in a beautiful, open-air setting (indoor swimming pool also available). Overnight at Hotel Casa Andina Colca. (breakfast, lunch)

Day 3: Colca
Day at leisure.

Day 4: Condor Watching, Puno
Early morning drive to an observation point, located between Maca and Cabanaconde, one of the deepest parts of the canyon. Here, we find the perfect spot to look down 1,200 m (3,937 ft) into the canyon and observe the legendary condor, the bird with the largest wingspan in the world. Afterwards we stop at some of the picturesque towns en route to visit their colonial churches. Then it is time to say goodbye to the Colca Canyon and continue your trip towards the Altiplano with landscapes featuring volcanoes, lakes, vicuna and alpaca herds as well as different kinds of cacti. The average altitude en route reaches the 4,500 m (14,700 ft). After a 6-hour ride you reach Puno. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. (breakfast)

 

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