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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 deepest in the world, 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 and about 4 h 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 outlook). From there it is possible to make out the snow-capped summits of Ampato and Sabancaya. The descent continues down to Chivay.


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) Located just south of Arequipa’s Plaza de Armas, the Museum of Andean Sanctuaries is focused predominantly around La Dama de Ampato, or the Ice Maiden of Ampato. Believed to be the victim of ritual sacrifice, this young girl’s mummified body was buried atop the Ampato Volcanosometime in the 16th century, and was not discovered until a retreating glacier exposed it in 1995. Due to yearly restoration, Juanita (as she has been named) is only on exhibit for just over six months each year, so don’t be too disappointed if you don’t get to see her. There are, however, other Andean artifacts and mummified remains on display as well, along with a 20 minute introductory video to get you better acquainted with the exhibits and their immense cultural importance. Be sure to dress warmly, as the unique nature of these archaeological finds requires them to be kept in refrigerator-like temperatures, and enjoy an hour’s look at some Inca history set right here in Southern Peru. (B/L)


Between 07:45 to 08:30 pick up from the hotels and leave behind the Chachani snowy, Pampa Cañahuas, Aguada Blanca national reserve, Vicuñas in wild life, Pampa Cañahuas, typical high plateau landscape: Andean grass or Ichu, bushes like: Tola, Ccapo or Yareta. Tocra fields. Some wetlands with birds like Flamengo, Ibis, Huallata, etc. Continue by Patapampa route: lookout of Volcanoes, Maximum Altitude 4,800 meters, view of the mountains Ampato, Sabancaya, Hualca-Hualca, etc.) Lookout Of the Colca Valley, arrival to Chivay. And Transfer to the Hotel, time for lunch (not Included) After visit the hot springs and pools in La Calera (Not included tickets) (B/L)


Very early (06:30) leave by the left side of the Colca river until the de la CRUZ DEL CONDOR lookout, can see the deep of the canyon, in that point 1,200 meters approximately, the Flight of the Condors, then visit the typical towns like Yanque, Maca, etc, “Stones scale model”, hanging pre Incas tombs, beautiful and typical suits of each town, and the incredible amount of pre Incas terraces still cultivated with Andean growing like the Potatoes, Corn, Quinua, Kiwicha, Olluco, etc, Return to Chivay, time for lunch and after midday pick up from the hotels to return to Arequipa by the Patapampa route and arrival to Arequipa approx 18:00 Hs. (B)



Accommodation. All scheduled land and lake transportation. All transfers. All scheduled excursions with English-speaking guide services. All entrance fees. Meals as specified in the itinerary. B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner.


International or domestic airfares, airport departure taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges, additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations, alcoholic beverages or bottled water, snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls, radio calls or messages, reconfirmation of international flights and items of personal nature.

Accommodation, domestic airfares, extensions.

Not Included:

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance


  • 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 2019

  • 1 person : US$950.00 per person
  • 2 people : US$820.00 per person
  • 3 people: US$770.00 per person
  • 4 people : US$730.00 per person
  • 5 people : US$690.00 per person
  • 6 people : US$650.00 per person
  • 7+ people : US$610.00 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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