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Arequipa is Peru’s second largest city and was founded in 1540. The site was chosen for its proximity to the coast, enabling settlers to trade the products of Cusco and the mines of Potosi (Bolivia) with Lima. The local cultivation of wheat, corn and grapes all contributed to the regions economic growth.

The city is surrounded by 3 volcanoes; El Misti, still active, at 5822m, the higher and extinct Chachani 6075m and Pichu Pichu 5571m. The Incas highly respected these volcanoes since the melt water from their snow-capped peaks form the headwaters of the mighty Amazon River, thousands of kilometers away.

The Colca Canyon is reportedly the second deepest in the world (after Cotahuasi), thought to be twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the USA. Unlike most of the Grand Canyon, portions of the Colca canyon are habitable, with pre-Colombian terraced fields still supporting agriculture and human life. Located 148 km northeast of Arequipa – about 4 hour drive. To follow this circuit travelers must head for the northwestern part of Arequipa to Yura until reaching the cove known as “Mirador de los Cóndores” (natural viewpoint). From there it is possible to make out the snow-capped summits of Ampato and Sabancaya.

The beauty of this tour is the immense variety of landscapes and locations that you will visit; this will enable yout to work on a wide range of photography skills with the careful guidance of your guide, Flavio. He will encourage you to explore new viewpoints and techniques in order to capture beautiful images of your journey through southern Peru. You will have the opportunity to experiment with macro, flora, fauna, city, landscape, sunrise and sunset photography during this tour. If you are lucky you will photograph the majestic condor, and your nights in the canyon will be the perfect chance to try lightpainting and night photography in a truly unique environment. This is a tour which focuses no only on historical and cultural discovery, but also photographic, so that you go home with wonderful memories and beautiful photos.

Day 1: City Tour Including Santa Catalina Monastery

Great opportunity for city & sunset photography

First we will visit the church and lookout of the Colonial District of Yanahuara where we get great views of the city. Then we move on to the Carmen Alto neighborhood lookout of the countryside and the bottom the Chilina valley. There are beautiful views here of the Misti, Chachani and Pichu-Pichu Volcanoes, typical Pre Inca terraces that are still cultivated, and of the Chilina valley next to the Chili river. We return to the city to visit the Cathedral, main square, the colonial area, church and Jesuits Cloisters of La Compañía and its polychromatic dome. Finally we will explore the famous Santa Catalina Monastery citadel, built in the 16th century and opened to public in 1970 after 400 years. (Ticket for the Cathedral & its Museum is not included) (No meals included)

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Day 2: Colca Canyon: Yura – Chivay

Great opportunity for flora, fauna, landscape, macro, sunrise, sunset, lightpainting & night photography

Early in the morning, after breakfast, we will leave Arequipa to journey to the center of the Earth, for us the Colca Canyon. We will travel north-west behind the snow-covered Volcano Chachani. In Yura, a small valley with thermal springs, we will see wild vicuñas in the Pampa Cañahuas National Reserve, as well as alpacas & llamas in Tocra, and some birds like flamingos, ibis, andean goose, ducks, and the Andean eagle “Kara Kara”. Next we will head up to the view point at Patapampa (4800m / 15,000ft) which is surrounded by volcanoes and snow covered mountains such as Ampato, Sabancaya, Walca Walca, etc. Our next stop is Chivay, capital of the valley where we will have an afternoon visit to the thermal springs & pools in La Calera (admission to the pools not included). Overnight at selected accommodation. (L / D)

Day 3: Colca Canyon

Great opportunity for flora, fauna, landscape, macro, sunrise, sunset, lightpainting & night photography

Early in the morning, after breakfast, we will set off for a full day excursion. We depart for Cruz del Condor a stunning viewpoint from where you can enjoy the flight of the giant Andean condors. This viewpoint is also impressive in geological and cultural terms, since it offers a view of the entire depth of the canyon, the local people, an incredible amount of pre-Inca terraces that are still farmed, and colonial churches. We stop for lunch and a visit to the village of Cabanaconde where you can encounter the local people and explore the charming centre. In the afternoon we will return to our accommodation. Overnight at selected accommodation. (B / L / D)

Day 4: Colca Canyon – Arequipa

Great opportunity for flora, fauna, landscape, macro & sunrise photography

After breakfast we will set out back towards Arequipa. On the way back to Chivay, we will visit the Chinina viewpoint, where we will find the famous Hanging Tombs and the Hanging Bridge of Sifón that joins the town of Yanque with Coporaque. On our right we will see the beautiful village of Coporaque, the semi-circular terraces known as the “Amphitheatre” view of the mountains, a small canyon which houses the grain depots of Colca or sacred as wasp nests in inaccessible places. In the afternoon we return to Arequipa (B / L)


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  • Student Discount: $35 off per personStudent Discounts apply to anyone who has a valid GREEN ISIC card at the time of the trek or is 16 years old or younger. For those using an ISIC card to receive the discount, we do need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 16 years old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to [email protected]
  • Under 15 years will pay as student: US$35.00
  • Under 7 years Discount: US$50.00

Prices Per Person 2019

  • 1 person : US$1050.00 per person
  • 2 people : US$920.00 per person
  • 3 people: US$870.00 per person
  • 4 people : US$830.00 per person
  • 5 people : US$790.00 per person
  • 6 people : US$750.00 per person
  • 7+ people : US$710.00 per person


As you see in our Additional Items under Trip Overview, there are several optional upgrades you can include in this trip. Below is a quick list of prices, but check our Overview section for more details.
Huaynapicchu: $65 per person
Vistadome Train (One Way): $80 per person
Vistadome Train (One Way): $65 per person

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