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Arequipa and Colca Canyon Tour: 2 or 3-Day Experience

On this 2 or 3 day (optional) tour of Arequipa and Colca Canyon, explore the spectacular volcanic stone city of Arequipa, admire the breathtaking landscape of towering volcanoes and plunging canyons, observe herds of alpaca in the high plains, sink into geothermal hot springs, and more!

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Arequipa and Colca Canyon: Explore a White Volcanic Stone City and The World’s Deepest Canyon

Arequipa is an outstanding Spanish colonial city located in the shadow of the mighty Misti Volcano. The stunning old city and UNESCO World Heritage Site is constructed of white volcanic stone carved to perfection. This spectacular town is located in a high valley between the Andes mountains and the Pacific coast, and is known as “The City of Eternal Spring” for its year-round sun and fertile soil.

Nearby, the Colca and Cotahuasi canyons descend over 11,200 feet (3,400 meters). Considered the deepest canyons on Earth, Colca and Cotahuasi are home to ubiquitous flora and fauna, high-flying condors, and truly rugged Andean culture.

On this 2 or 3 day (optional) tour of Arequipa and Colca Canyon, explore the spectacular volcanic stone city of Arequipa, admire the breathtaking landscape of towering volcanoes and plunging canyons, observe herds of alpaca in the high plains, sink into geothermal hot springs, and more!

Highlights:

  • Visit the white volcanic rock city and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Arequipa
  • Take a bus tour for outstanding landcapes and views of llama, vicuña, and other wildlife
  • Experience Cruz del Condor overlook at Colca Canyon — the world’s deepest canyon
  • Encounter the Andean Condor in its natural habitat

Tour Information

Duration: 3 days/2 nights

Start/End Location: Arequipa

Activity Level: Low, easy

Departure Dates: Daily

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Arequipa and Colca Canyon
After your arrival in Arequipa, your guide will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to the charming white-stone hotel in Arequipa. You’ll have the day to relax, explore the city, and acclimate to the high altitude (7,900 feet/2,400 meters).

Day 2 (Only on 3-Day Trip): Tour Stunning Landscapes and Sink into Hotsprings
After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll set out for a bus trip through southern Peru’s outstanding landscape. As you drive, you’ll pass herds of alpaca and llama-like vicuñas grazing in the pans, and you’ll have several opportunities to stop at overlooks to admire the view and snap photos.

Around midday, you’ll arrive in the small community of Chivay. Check into your hotel, then take the afternoon to explore and sink in to the rejuvenating La Calera hot springs nearby.

Day 3: Colca Canyon – Arequipa
Begin your day with an early morning bus trip to the Cruz del Condor viewpoint. Stand on the edge of a plummeting abyss for breathtaking and sometimes dizzying views of Colca Canyon. Bring your binoculars — as the name suggests, Cruz del Condor offers spectacular birdwatching. Observe as Andean condors rise and fall with morning thermals. Explore and enjoy the sights before returning back to Arequipa by nightfall.

What’s Included:

  • Accommodation: 2 or 3 nights’ hotel (3 star twin rooms)
  • Excursions as mentioned in itinerary
  • Entrance fees to national parks and reserves
  • Transportation between Arequipa and Colca Canyon
  • Bilingual guide
  • 2 breakfasts

What’s Not Included:

  • Travel to/from Arequipa
  • Travel insurance,
  • Optional tours
  • Meals not mentioned in above itinerary
  • Gratuities (optional)

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