This 5-day tour offers an all-encompassing experience of Arequipa and Colca Canyon, a journey that unites the threads of history, culture, and nature, inviting you to immerse yourself in the heart of the southern Andes of Peru.
Arequipa’s distinctive white stone architecture stands as a testament to its colonial past and nickname of ‘the White City’. The anticipation of what lies ahead lingers as you settle into your hotel, ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure.
As the sun rises over Arequipa, the day unveils panoramic vistas from Carmen Alto and Yanahuara, setting the stage for your urban exploration. The historic center, adorned with impressive colonial architecture, beckons, with its Plaza de Armas the pinnacle of local life and craftsmanship. The alluring La Compañía de Jesús’ cloisters, the vibrant Chapel of San Ignacio, and the colorful Santa Catalina Monastery provide a journey through time, where you wander their charming cloisters picturesque streets and squares, soaking in the history and holy ambiance.
Leaving the cityscape behind, your journey into the Colca Valley begins, and nature takes center stage as you pass through landscapes adorned with South American camelids. The option to indulge in thermal waters or simply savor the tranquility adds a touch of relaxation to the adventure. Awakening in the Colca Valley, you’re poised for an encounter with nature’s grandeur. The Condor Cross presents a breathtaking spectacle as majestic condors take flight against the backdrop of the canyon.
The return journey to Arequipa is a voyage of reflection, punctuated by the awe-inspiring Andean vistas. There, the ignimbrite cliffs of Las Canteras de Añashuayco provide insight into the city’s architectural legacy while petroglyphs from the Wari culture at Culebrillas bridge the gap between ancient times and the present.
With every step, you’ll be captivated by the contrast between the city’s colonial treasures and the raw beauty of the Colca Valley. This exploration is a testament to the region’s richness, leaving you with lasting memories and a profound connection to the land and its people.