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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 230

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Day 1: Lima

Bienviendos 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

Discover why Lima has historically been such an important city with a scheduled group sightseeing tour that covers Lima’s most impressive colonial buildings as well as a number of fascinating museums. The afternoon is free for you to explore Lima further. Perhaps head to the local markets for a spot of bargain hunting or mark your final night in Peru in style at one of Lima’s trendy salsa clubs.

Day 3: Lima

This morning we will transfer you to the group tour departure hotel.

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The days ahead are passed on our group tour please refer to your go guide.

Day 9: - Puno

This morning we will collect you from the group tour hotel in Cuzco. We will take you to the bus terminal where you embark the tourist bus service to Puno. The bus journey is stunning passing the gentle, rolling Andean Plains where vicuña and alpacas roam freely, the bus climbs to 4335m above sea level at La Raya, offering incredible views of the towering, snow-capped Andean mountains.

Day 10: Puno - Islas Taquile and Amantani

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. Your cruise continues to the genuine island of Amantani. Enjoy lunch in the community before visiting the hilltop sanctuaries of Pachatata and Pachamama. You then settle in to your home stay, meeting the family who will be your host for the night and enjoying home-cooked meals. It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn about these peoples’ lifestyle and culture.

Day 11: Islas Taquile and Amantani - Arequipa

After breakfast the next morning bid fond farewell to your home stay family and continue to the 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 – the world’s highest navigable lake – from the beautiful beaches that line Taquile’s shore. Later return to Puno where we assist you catching the overnight bus to Arequipa.

Day 12: Arequipa

Morning Arequipa, a transfer awaits to take you to the hotel. Later in the day embark on a scheduled 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 13: Arequipa - Colca Canyon

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 14: Colca Canyon

This morning 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. Heading back to Chivay stop at the pre-Inca ruins of Uyo Uyo. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore Chivay’s artisan shops and markets or for the more adventurous, head to Río Colca for white-water rafting.

Day 15: Colca Canyon - Nasca

This morning we make our way back to Arequipa, where you have some free time to explore before we take you to the bus station for the overnight bus to Nasca.

Day 16: Nasca

Morning arrival into this oasis town famous for the strange lines and geometrical figures etched into the desert floor. We will transfer you to your hotel. Later in the day you have time to visit 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.

Day 17: Nasca - Lima

Early this morning you will be taken to the airstrip for your flight over the Nasca Lines. After, we take you to the bus station for the day bus to Lima - sit back and enjoy the fascinating scenery. Arriving into Lima, we will take you to the hotel where it all started.

Day 18: Lima

Sadly your journey has come to an end, we will transfer you to the airport for your flight home.