Arequipa was founded as a city in 1541 and throughout its history has been the cradle of leading thinkers and politicians. Today, visitors can take in the spectacular Neo-Renaissance Cathedral, the impressive Santa Catalina Convent and colonial mansions and museums, all of which are reason enough to visit Arequipa. The Colca Valley is without a doubt the best-known both in Peru and abroad. Just four hours northeast of the city, Colca boasts some of the most breath-taking landscapes in Peru: superb terracing, snow-capped peaks, dizzying canyons and towns dating back to the sixteenth century. Visitors to the Colca Valley will surely be fascinated by the narrow streets and richly decorated churches. Colca is also a haven for adventure sports fans.
At your arrival transfer from the airport to your hotel.
Around 02:00 p.m. the guided city tour will take you to the main sights in the city including the Main Square, the Cathedral, La Compañia and San Francisco churches, the Municipal Museum, and Santa Catalina Convent.
Around 08:30 a.m. departure to Chivay. On the way we’ll visit the sillar quarries and pass through a national reserve where we can see vicuñas, llamas and alpacas. We pass the town of Vizcachani, Chuchuna volcano, and a viewpoint at Patapampa, arriving in Chivay for lunch. Tourist lunch in Chivay. Overnight at selected hotel.
Early breakfast, then at 06:30 a.m. we depart to the Cruz del Condor viewpoint. Here we have the possibility to see condors in flight, and have an amazing view over the terraces in the canyon. On the way back to Chivay we visit the towns of Pinchollo, Achomayo and Yanque. Return to Arequipa airport or bus station.