Day 01 Lima / Arequipa
Upon arrival in Arequipa, we are met and transferred to the hotel. Arequipa known as the "White City", is located in southern Peru at an elevation of approximately 7,500 feet.
This afternoon we take a guided excursion of city of Arequipa, visiting the Plaza de Armas, one of the beautiful in all Peru, Arequipa Cathedral, La Compaņia, San Francisco church and the 16th century Santa Catalina Convent. Completely closed to outside visitors for almost 400 years this magnificent convent has been the scene of many historic and religious events and adventures. Its medieval streets, named for ancient Spanish cities, branch out into hidden lanes with cells of varying types and sizes. For centuries nuns lived their whole lives here isolated from the rest of the world.
We return to Arequipa hotel.
Day 02 Arequipa / Colca Canyon
Breakfast at the hotel.
We depart early by motor coach for our excursion to Colca Canyon, reputedly the world's deepest canyon. We travel north of Arequipa through desert scenery and over the pass separating Chachani and El Misti Volcano. We have the journey through the nature reserve of Pampas de Canihuas.
We certainly will encounter domesticated Alpacas and American cameloid family in one day, which is not an easy feat. This rewarding area is also rich in the native flora and at the town of Chivay.
Accommodation and dinner at Colca hotel. (B, BL, D)
Day 03 Colca Canyon / Arequipa
Breakfast at the hotel.
We depart early this morning to visit Cruz del Condor, a lookout point with a magnificent view of Mt. Misti and the swiftly flowing river far below. It is here where you can admire the Andean Condors.
Returning to Arequipa, we pass through landscapes remarkable for its Inca and pre Inca terracing and stretches for many miles and is some of the most extensive to be found in Peru. We arrive back in Arequipa late in the afternoon and transfer to the hotel. (B)
More about Arequipa
The city of Arequipa is located in the South part of Peru and flanked by three snow-capped volcanoes: Misti (19098 ft – 5821 mt), Chachani (19931 ft – 6075 m) and Picchu Picchu ()177999 ft – 5425 mt). It is one of the mort important capital in Peru after Lima and is well know as the “White city” as its buildings are made by sillar, a white volcanic rock. This rich part of Peru has been populated sin ancient times as evidenced by the incredible terracing in the Colca canyon. It you have some free time do not forget to include Colca in your travel plans.
The Inca conquered the region and some years ago the archaeologist found at Ampato volcano an intact mummy of a young Inca woman sacrificed at least 500 years ago. This mummy is called “Juanita” and it can be visited while your stay in Arequipa.
Arequipa has many things to offer as its particular gastronomy, colonial houses, Toro Muerto Petroglyphs, etc.
Excursions Worth considering
Explore the wonders of the Peruvian rainforest at Tambopata National Reserve. Stay at Sandoval Lake Lodge located in the shores of the beautiful Sandoval Lake consider as one of the most beautiful lakes in the southern Peru.
3 days/2 nights
Travel to Puno located in the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable in the world. Visit the Sillustani tombs, the Inca terraces and ruins at Taquile Island and meet the local Uros Indians who live in their floating islands.
3 days/2 nights
Explore the Capital of the Incas including the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. 3 days/ 2nights
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The Incas, People of the Sun
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People of the Andes
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Discovering the Inca Ice Maiden, My Adventures on Ampato
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In 1995, while climbing the Andean volcano Ampato, Johan Reinhard literally stumbled across the mummified remains of a 14-year-old Inca girl, sacrificed to the gods in about AD 1470. This book, illustrated with National Geography’s hallmark color photos, is Reinhard's engaging, fact-filled story of that discovery and the so-called "Ice Maiden's" history. It's just morbid enough to fascinate pre-teens (and their more squeamish parents), and it is sure to excite young would-be archaeologists.