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Colca Canyon

Created by a vast geological fault, the Colca Canyon is thought to be the deepest canyon in the world measuring ...

Arequipa Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF SOUTH AMERICA 209

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Day 1: Lima

Bienvenidos a Peru! Welcome to Peru and the start of your journey through the land of the Incas. Upon arrival into Lima International Airport you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to your hotel. After check in spend some time with our rep discussing your up-coming trip. The remainder of the day is free for you to enjoy at leisure.

Day 2: Lima - Pisco / Paracas Region

This morning we collect you and take you to the bus station for the bus to Paracas. Arriving here, you will be taken to drop your bags at the hotel. Spend a few hours this afternoon on a shared boat trip out to the Ballestas Islands taking in the wildlife of both land and sea and the mystical candelabra. (OVERNIGHT PARACAS which is in Pisco Province)

Day 3: Pisco / Paracas Region - Nasca

This morning early we drive to Huacachina Oasis. Arriving here, we enjoy a shared tour dune buggy ride in the dunes and also time to do some sand boarding. After time for lunch we continue the journey to Nasca and to your hotel a stones throw from the airstrip.

Day 4: Nasca - Arequipa

This morning we enjoy a flight over the Nasca Lines. After breakfast at the hotel we enjoy a visit to the underground aqueducts, gold mines and ceramic shops, and the extraordinary Chauchilla Cemetery where you can see the ancient mummies which still have skin and hair intact. Later in the evening we assist you in catching the sleeper bus to Aqrequipa. Long distance buses in Peru are surprisingly comfortable with excellent onboard facilities including video entertainment, complimentary snacks and roomy seats. It’s also an excellent opportunity to see how the locals travel in style.

Day 5: Arequipa

Arriving in the early hours, a transfer awaits to take you to your hotel. This morning is free for you to relax. Later in the day embark on a private tour of Arequipa and marvel at the spectacular scenery. From the Carmen Alto lookout enjoy the views of the three volcanoes surrounding the city before heading to the countryside to visit Inca terraces, famous temples and colonial houses. The day concludes with a visit to the Santa Catalina Convent. Practically an entire city within Arequipa, the convent comprises numerous streets and plazas, as well as cloisters that have remained intact despite the passing of centuries.

Day 6: Arequipa - Colca Canyon

Private tour, Today head towards the Colca Valley, passing a number of traditional towns, natural lagoons, volcanic peaks and a national reserve along the way, for a three day scheduled excursion. This is a great place to see many species of birds and South American camelids in their natural habitat. Stop for an invigorating coca tea at Patahuasy and ascend to a pass 4800m above sea level before reaching your final destination, the town of Chivay.

Day 7: Colca Canyon - Puno

Private tour, This morning early we visit the village of Yanque to enjoy the typical dances of the region before continuing towards Cruz del Condor. Here you can observe the majestic flight of the Condor – the largest bird in the world - as it soars over the Colca Canyon. To best admire the canyon you will make a number of stops at various lookout points. The Colca Canyon is one of the world’s deepest and photo opportunities abound. Afternoon return to Arequipa to and transfer by private car Puno. Arrrive Puno, late PM and the transfer takes you to your hotel.

Day 8: Puno

Shared tour, After breakfast board a yacht from Puno port for a shared cruise and tour around the floating islands of Uros. Inhabited by fishermen and hunters, these beautiful islands are made from totora reeds and were built in order to escape the imposition of invading cultures. The cruise continues to neighbouring island of Taquile. The peasant community of this island has kept intact the customs and traditions of their ancestors and a visit here is like taking a step back in time. After lunch visit archaeological ruins and soak up the immensity of Lake Titicaca. Return to Puno in the evening.

Day 9: Puno

Today sample more of Peru’s modes of transport with a spectacular 10 hour rail journey to historic Cuzco. Passing the gentle, rolling Andean Plains where vicuña and alpacas roam freely, the train climbs to 4335m above sea level at La Raya, offering incredible views of the towering, snow-capped Andean mountains. During the journey you will be served a three course lunch in the dining car followed by coffee served in the observation-bar car. Arriving into Cuzco marks the end of our arrangements.