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Arequipa is often called the White City, due to its many white buildings constructed of sillar, a white volcanic rock. It’s also the birthplace of the Nobel-Prize winning Peruvian novelist, Mario Vargas Llosa. During the tour, you’ll visit the Chapel of San Ignacio, as well as the beautiful, colonnaded main square, the Plaza de Armas, which is bounded on one side by the soaring neo-classical Cathedral (felled by numerous earthquakes!). You’ll also explore the Santa Catalina Monastery, a strikingly beautiful, 16th century convent that once housed 500 nuns. The tour will end at one of two famous miradores, or lookout points, either the Mirador de Yanahuara or Carmen Alto, where you can appreciate views of the city framed by the soaring, majestic Misti Volcano nearby.

AREQUIPA – COUNTRY SIDE

Duration tour: 3 1/2 hrs approx.
Schedules: 09.00 and 14.00 hrs
Daily Departures: All Days.

In the Countryside you will visit Yanahuara Lookout, to 2 km from downtown Arequipa. It was built in the nineteenth century and is composed of a series of sillar stone arches where the words of famous Arequipa citizens have been engraved. This spot is a wonderful view point of the city and MountMisti volcano. Sabandia, 8 km from Arequipa. Wide terraces and three volcanoes, the Misti, the Chachani, and the Pichu Pichu, provide the scenery around this traditional town. Some of the houses still preserve characteristic styles of the Viceroyalty or of the nineteenth century Republicanism. A recreational area with two swimming pools that use the cold river waters of the surrounding region has been built. Molino de Sabandía (Sabandía Mill),   located in Sabandía distric constructed in 1785, it represents the typical architecture of the zone where the use of sillar stone predominates. It is characterized by solid supports and rustic balconies. Stone grinding wheel techniques for wheat processing can be viewed here as well. Mansión del Fundador (Founder’s Mansion), It is located 9 km from Arequipa built with sillar stone at the edge of a cliff, it is one of the most important and traditional mansions or houses in the department. According to the story, Garcí Manuel de Carbajal, founder of Arequipa, had it built for his son. Later, in 1785, Mr. Juan Crisóstomo de Goyeneche y Aguerreverre was its proprietor and remodeled it, giving it the distinguished characteristics that can be seen today. The main entrance is composed of a foyer with an arched ceiling, followed by a wide principal patio over which the windows and doors of the bedrooms open. District of Tiabaya and Sachaca. It is located 10 km from Arequipa. The valley is completely agricultural and is believed to have been inhabited by the ethnic groups of the Kuntis from Cabana, the Yanahuaras, and the Chumbivilcas. On November 8th, 1870 it was given the title of “city” and is famous for its rustic restaurants.

PETROGLIPHES OF TORO MUERTO

Duration tour: 10 hrs approx.
Schedules: 08.00 am
Daily Departures: All Days.

Toro Muerto, 164 km or 102 miles northwest of Arequipa (2 hours and 30 minutes)

Leaving the Colca valley and passing through the Sihuaspampa, is one way to get there. To arrive there directly from Arequipa, take the road to Lima and turn off at Corire (District of Uraca) and drive for 6 km / 4 miles.

Toro Muerto petrogliphes consists of a group of carvings spread out over 5 km2 / 2 miles2. The majority of them are representations of human beings, animals, and plants, as well as geometric designs that seem to have been carved with sharpened stones. The techniques used varied from striking, scratching, chipping, to hammering, and their age could begin around 1100 A.D. (OPTIONAL RAFTING: We offer you the opportunity for a rafting adventure (this is opcional) from Quiscay to Aplao (1.40 minutes approx.) rapids I_II-III recommended rafting from April to December.)

We will visit “perfil de Jesucristo” located in the village of Cosos, north of Aplao. It is a big stone that shows the face of Jesus Christ almost perfectly. You can also visit the bodegas of Pisco. The footprints of Dinosaurs (Querullpa) at the impressive Jurassic sanctuary in Querullpa, between Corire and Aplao.

COLCA 2D-1N

Duration tour:   2d/1n.
Schedules: 06.00 am to 16.30 hrs.
Daily Departures: All Days.

DAY 1: Start the day early with a filling breakfast before setting off on a scenic drive to the Colca Canyon. This drive will last around 3 hours, taking you through spectacular, high altitude landscapes and will be one of the highlights of your journey into the Andes. As the road climbs up to the Reserva Nacional de Salinas y Aguada Blanca, keep your eyes open for wild vicuñas (smaller cousins of the llama) and viscachas (small rodents that resemble rabbits). At the highest point of your journey, you’ll reach Patapampa Pass, located at a breathtaking 15,300 feet (4,820 meters) above sea level. On the descent into the town of Chivay, you’ll begin to see pre-Inca agricultural terraces that characterize the landscape of the canyon. You’ll also see the Ampato, Sabancaya, and Misti volcanoes towering in the distance. Stop for lunch (not included). PM: Visit to the Calera Hot Springs, renowned for the therapeutic effects of its thermal waters. You can either take a dip in the natural baths or just take in the stunning scenery.

DAY 2: Early this morning, you’ll meet your guide and drive to the Mirador Cruz del Condor, one of the best viewpoints over the canyon and home to the famed condors that gracefully soar on the thermal currents. The road leads past picturesque villages and pre-Inca ruins dominated by the Ampato and Hualca glaciers, both visible in the distance. Once you reach Cruz del Condor, you can stand at the viewpoint and gaze into the depths of the canyon, which stretches nearly 4,000 feet below. You will return to Chivay where you can enjoy lunch (not included) or browse the local market before starting the journey by land to your Puno hotel.

TREKKING UP TO MISTI VOLCANO

Duration tour:   2d/1n.
Schedules: 06.00 am to 16.30 hrs.
Daily Departures: All Days.

Classification: Easy

Minimum altitude: 3,500 m.a.s.l

Maximum altitude: 5825 m.a.s.l

An active one is a perfect volcanic cone sits right above Arequipa. It is climbed very often. There is no water on the mountain except at the Aguada Blanca reservoir. There is usually no snow either. The mountain is another that was climbed by the Incas.  Many routes are commonly used. The longer climb but easier access is from the town of Apurimac San Luis on north side of Arequipa we head for Tres Cruces (3000m) then up under pylons to Los Pastores at 3300m. From here follow the path up a rib past a possible camp at 4200m, for the first night. Then continue to the summit.

Other route is 3 hours drive from Arequipa to Aguada Blanca which gives a height advantage head for a prominent rib. There are a few tent sites at 4600m, for the overnight, from here follow the path which takes a rising traverse up some slopes to the summit.

The average of time for the ascent per day could be 6 or 7 hours up and for descent could be 3 hours where the transport is waiting for us to bring us back to Arequipa.

The best time to climb on this region is between April and September, that is, during the Andean summer.  During the rest of the year, it is also possible to climb the volcano, but it is more likely to have some bad weather. The rescue police see for the safety of all mountaineers in the region.

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