Thursday, March 14, 2013

Arequipa and the Colca Valley

LIMA / AREQUIPA                                                                                      --/--/-- 
A representative will meet you at the lobby of the Costa del Sol hotel, which is located inside the Lima airport. He will assist you with your flight to Arequipa.
Flight: LA 2125 (07:50 / 09:15) LIMA ->AREQUIPA
Transport will be waiting for you at the airport to take you to your hotel. There will also be a guide who will tell you about the city's attractions and services and finally assist you with your check in.
Freshen up and rest in your room. Lunch on your own.
You tour starts at the Main Square, one of the most beautiful squares in Peru, which is located next to the impressive Arequipa Cathedral, built in the 17th century and fully rebuilt after several earthquakes. Then you will go to the Monastery of Saint Catherine, built in 1579, which is an authentic medieval cloister and a small religious citadel used to date. You will then visit the Church of the Society of Jesus (1590), considered a classical example of the local baroque architecture, which houses an exceptional collection of paintings and murals. You will end the tour visiting the Yanahuara and Chilina districts, to have a scenic view of Arequipa's countryside.
Overnight at El Cabildo Hotel.
AREQUIPA                                                                                                    B/L/-- 
Breakfast at the hotel
The tour starts at the traditional village of Paucarpata (whose name means "terrace of flowers") where you can see impressive terraces of Inca fields.
After that you go to the Mansión del fundador, one of the first local buildings of the vice regal era. It was started in the Century for the founder of Arequipa and it is now open to the public. There follows a visit to Sabandía mill, built in 1785 in the typical Arequipa style, whose enormous millstones turned by water power are still used to grind wheat today. Finally, you will visit the Santuarios Andinos Museum to see the mummy named Juanita, the 14 year old daughter of an Inca noble, mummified by the cold. She was found on Mount Ampato in 1995 and exhibited at the National Geographic Society in Washington.
Enjoy lunch at Restaurant Sambabaia's, offering top international cuisine.
Overnight at El Cabildo Hotel.
AREQUIPA / COLCA                                                                                     B/L/D 
Breakfast at the hotel
Departure from Arequipa by Yura, passing by the skirts of Chachani, Pampa de Arrieros, National Reserve of Pampa Cañahuas where the slender vicuña is appreciated. Continue on to Vizcachani, Pampas de Toccra where a variety of birds are observed. Then border the crater of Chucura to arrive at Patapampa (4800 masl) and the lookout of the Andes where you can observe the volcanoes that surround the city of Arequipa. Descent to the town of Chivay for lunch.
Lunch included.
In the afternoon, optional visit to La Calera hot springs.
Dinner at Casa Andina Colca.
Overnight at Casa Andina Colca.
COLCA                                                                                                           B/L/D 
Breakfast at the hotel
Early departure after breakfast in the hotel towards the Condors' Cross (about 25 miles from Chivay) where you can observe one of the most spectacular areas of the canyon, and almost always appreciate the condors in their magisterial flights. We will return visiting the towns of Pinchollo, Maca, Achoma, Yanque and the lookouts of Antahuilque and Choquetico. Afternoon free.
Lunch at Casa Andina Colca
Dinner at Casa Andina Colca
Overnight at Casa Andina Colca.
WED 10
COLCA / AREQUIPA  / LIMA                                                                       B/L/-- 
Breakfast at the hotel
Morning free.
Halfway through the day you will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to Chivay to enjoy a delicious and repairing lunch (included in your package). After lunch we return to Arequipa, arriving in the late afternoon.
Upon arrival in Arequipa, you will be transferred to the airport accompanied by a guide. Help will be provided with your check in.
Flight: LA 2111 (7:30PM /9:00PM) AREQUIPA -> LIMA
Please note schedules may vary and shall be confirmed locally.

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