4-DAY AREQUIPA AND COLCA CANYON PERU TOUR

USD $ 409

The Arequipa & Colca Canyon Peru Tour will allow you to discover one of the world’s deepest canyons! You will have a wonderful chance to sight see real condors flying very close to you. Enjoy the city of Arequipa, which is located near the slope of Misti volcano. It is also known as the “White city” because its churches and homes were built with a volcanic rock called “sillar”. Contact us now and our travel experts will help you craft your perfect Arequipa adventure.

Price per person. Three-star hotels. Double occupancy. Shared/group service up to 16 travelers. Domestic flights are not included.

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    Arequipa & Colca Canyon 4-Day Tour Package

    Arequipa bases its tourist potential on the heritage of pre-Hispanic culture and on its natural riches. Tourism is concentrated in the city, which is a pole of attraction for its ashlar buildings. The ancient city is located in the center, where you can admire the colonial architecture in one of the best expressions of religious inspiration that reaches not only the temples, but also the civil architecture, with mansions of portals characterized by a very high and decorated curved pediment.

    The Colca Canyon is more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in Colorado – USA. It is 4,150 meters / 13,612 feet deep, therefore it is considered as one of the deepest canyons in the world. The name “Colca” comes from the word of two ethnic communities: the Collaguas and Cabanas, who lived along the Colca River. Besides its grandeur, the Colca Canyon is a fantastic place to witness closely the majestic flight of the Condor, and a great opportunity to take up-close photographs of them.

    If you are interested in adding more destinations in Peru, such as Puno, Cusco or Lima, we recommend that you visit the following links, or contact directly your travel advisor who will customize your itinerary.

    1. Day 1 Airport transfer (morning)

      Pick up from the airport and transfer to your hotel (altitude: 2350 m / 7708 ft). No activities are scheduled for the morning; however, we suggest you to visit on your own the Arequipa’s main square, Santa Teresa Convent or Santuarios Andinos Museum (Juanita Mummy; only in full day tour), among other attractions (not included in quote).

      City Tour of Arequipa:

      (Shared service up to 16 travelers, guide in English & Spanish)

      On this tour, you will learn that Arequipa is an enchanting city also known for its many baroque-style colonial buildings made out of white volcanic rock called ”sillar”. Surrounded by 3 volcanoes, being the most outstanding one ”El Misti”, Arequipa’s historic center is considered a Cultural, Historical, and Monumental Heritage by UNESCO.

      We will be visiting Arequipa’s main square, the traditional and picturesque Santa Catalina Convent, the Cathedral, the Compañía Church (Jesuit order), the Colonial House del Moral, Carmen Alto, and Yanahuara Viewpoints, and San Lazaro Traditional District. Return to your hotel.

      Evening free.

      Overnight in Arequipa.

      Meals included: none.

    2. Day 2 Countryside Route and Ashlar Tour

      (Private service, English- and Spanish-speaking guide)

      Countryside Route:

      Pick up from your hotel lobby and transfer to the viewpoint of the traditional neighborhood of Yanahuara, which is made of ashlar with inscriptions by Arequipeño poets. Then, we will head to Carmen Alto, from where you will enjoy an amazing view of the Chilina Valley and the volcanoes that frame the city.

      We will continue the tour to Incalpaca and the zoo, where we will see the 4 varieties of camelids and the sachaca. Then, we will visit the Founder’s mansion—a colonial house that preserves ornaments of colonial and republican origin; and the Sabandía Mill, where we will learn about the techniques to process wheat by using two huge wheels plus the force of water.

      On our way back, we will cross the district of Paucarpata with its beautiful pre-Inca terraces, then you will enjoy a delicious lunch at Tío Darío (duration: 4–5 hours).

      Sillar Route:

      After lunch, transfer to the Añashuayco quarries (3 km from the center of Arequipa), located mainly in the district of Cerro Colorado and Yura. Here we will learn how the cutters extract and make the ashlar pavers and how they make the carvings. Then, you will have a short walk through the culebrillas quarry where you can observe rock art (duration: 4 hours). Return to your hotel.

      Evening free.

      Overnight in Arequipa.

      Meals included: B L

    3. Day 3 Colca Valley Tour

      (Shared service up to 16 travelers, guide in English & Spanish)

      You will depart early in the morning towards the Colca Canyon, located about 160 km northeast of Arequipa. On our way to the Colca Valley, you will pass through the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve, where you will see long-neck fine vicuñas running freely on the ichu (Andean thick grass), as well as other animals such as the alpaca, colocolo (Andean mountain cat), guanaco, Andean fox, vizcacha, and taruca.

      Then, you will arrive at “Mirador de los Andes” viewpoint and see the wonderful Andean landscape. You will also observe several apachetas — a pile of rocks placed one on top of the other, that people make as an offering to the mountains. From the “Mirador de los Andes” viewpoint you will have amazing views of the Chachani, Misti, Sabancaya, and Ampato volcanoes. Later on and before reaching your hotel, you will have an initial panoramic view of the Colca Canyon from the Achachiua viewpoint.

      Finally, you will have the rest of the day free to better acclimate to a higher altitude (altitude: 3800 m / 12464 ft). If you choose to stay at the Colca Lodge, you will enjoy the natural hot springs located within the hotel’s premises, and an amazing bottom-up view of the Colca Canyon and the Colca River running through it. Otherwise, you have the option to visit ”La Calera” hot springs, if you stay at another hotel.

      Rest of the afternoon and evening free.

      Overnight in Colca Valley.

      Meals included: B L

    4. Day 4 Cruz del Condor Tour

      (Shared service up to 16 travelers, guide in English & Spanish)

      We will begin our tour early in the morning to reach ”Cruz del Condor” viewpoint at the best time. On your way, you will pass through some old small towns of the highlands (Coporaque, Yanque, and Maca — this last town survived an eruption from the Sabancaya volcano!).

      After an exciting drive on the left side of Colca Canyon, you will finally reach the Cruz del Condor viewpoint to admire the majestic flight of the Andean Condors. See how they fiercely fly into the appealing depth of the canyon, pulling our eyes down and allowing us to live an exciting experience! This is also a great chance to take wonderful close-up pictures.

      After enjoying a delicious lunch, you will be transferred to the airport in Arequipa for your flight to Lima or Cusco (duration: 5 ½ hours approx).

      Meals included: B L

    Legend
    B Breakfast
    S Snack
    L Lunch
    D Dinner
    BL Boxed Lunch

    Prices Per Person 

    3 Stars
    Double room in shared service US$ 409
    Single supplement US$ 281
    Additional for private service US$ 235

     

    4 Stars
    Double room in shared service US$ 477
    Single supplement US$ 353
    Additional for private service US$ 235

     

    TOUR NOTES:

    If you prefer to add more days or destinations to your trip, please let us know in the Comments Section of the Get Free Quote form.  You can also fill out our Design Your Trip form or Contact Us form with your specific needs.

     

    • This 4-Day Tour of Arequipa and Colca Canyon is available every day of the year.
    • Acclimatization: first, we strongly recommend you to drink coca leaf tea. Second, rest for at least 3 hours upon arrival at your hotel. Third, eat light, as digesting food might be a bit slow during your first day.
    • Weather: the rainy season starts in mid-October and lasts through mid-April in the Andes and jungle, being January and February the heaviest months of rain. Therefore, the best time of the year to visit the Colca Canyon is from March to November.
    • If you are interested in a 10-day tour which also includes Arequipa and the Colca Canyon, you can visit our 10-Day Peru Vacation Package.
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • Hotel accommodation according to itinerary
    • Meals according to itinerary
    • All guided excursions in English in shared service
    • All tour and intermediate transfers
    • All entrance tickets
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • International and domestic flights
    • Visas required to enter Peru
    • Drinks
    • Tips
    • Processing and wire transfer fees.

    In the Highlands, the temperature changes throughout the day and these changes are more evident between the shadow and the sun, so it is necessary to keep warm clothes. Therefore, it is advisable to dress in layers so you can put on/off your clothes depending on the temperature. The climate is generally very dry so it is advisable to use moisturizing creams.

    Colca Lodge provides guests with a range of amenities to enhance their stay, including natural hot springs and the Eco Thermal Spa featuring a steam room, Jacuzzis, and massage sessions by local therapists. The lodge also offers a peaceful and harmonious environment, surrounded by stunning landscapes.

    Altitude sickness is associated with headache, fatigue, nausea and malaise. The symptoms do not always appear and depend on each person.

    We recommend you to rest for at least 3 hours upon arrival, eat light as digestion might be slower during your first days, and drink plenty of fluids.

    You may find some medicine against the altitude sickness, like “sorojchi pills” (it contains caffeine), or people may recommend you to drink coca tea. However, both options are not advisable for people with heart diseases, respiratory disorders, diabetes or high blood pressure.

    We recommend that you consult your physician before your travel.

    A natural medicine, like the “Muña” tea (Andean mint), will help for a good digestion.

    Please fill the “Design your trip” form, including information such as: full name of travelers, number of adults and children, start and end dates of the trip, destinations of your interest, hotel category and type of accommodation, and your flight details if already booked. Your travel advisor will contact you soon.

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