4 days in Arequipa White City
4 days in Arequipa – The white city
Called “The White City” due to its buildings made of ashlar, a kind of white volcanic rock, Arequipa is located at 2325 meters above sea level.
Arequipa, founded on August 15, 1540, is also known as the city of the “Eternal Blue Sky” for its extraordinary climate, dry and limpid, with temperatures that do not rise of 25 degrees and rarely lower than 10. On the skirts del Misti, Arequipa is born, considered the second most important city in Peru, it is a picturesque place that combines the beauty of its green countryside with the imposing presence of volcanoes and snow-capped mountains. The most important are: El Misti, El Chachani and Pichu Pichu.
Another of the strong attractions of Arequipa are its majestic churches, mansions and convents. Among them are the Cathedral “and the Monastery of Santa Catalina.” All of them stand out for the majesty of their colonial architecture.
Likewise, El Cañón del Colca is another unique beauty of Arequipa, with an abyss that exceeds 3,000 meters above sea level, El Colca is twice as deep as the famous Colorado Canyon in the United States.
DAY 01.- AREQUIPA – CITY TOUR
Reception and transfer to selected hotel.
P.M. We will begin the visit through the white city of Arequipa, visiting the Plaza de Armas, which presents a beautiful bronze fountain of three dishes crowned with the figure of a soldier of the sixteenth century. Here we can appreciate the Cathedral and the Cloisters of the Society of Jesus, then visit the Monastery of Santa Catalina which was a center of absolute closure which remained closed for centuries to the public, today harmoniously restored and open allows us to appreciate what was the city of Arequipa in the seventeenth century, we will see its streets, gardens, cloisters, rustic stone washings, walls of sillar and its art gallery, then we move to the beautiful and green countryside of Carmen Alto, Mirador de Yanahuara where we will have a privileged view of the city and the volcanoes such as El Misti, Pichupichu and Chachani, then return to the Hotel, Overnight.
DAY 02.- AREQUIPA – CHIVAY
Early in the morning we will go to the Colca Valley located in the Province of Caylloma at 3,600 m.s.n.m. On the route we will pass through the Yura district, Pampa Cañahua, a place where you can see the vicuñas, we will pass through the crater of Colvan Chucure. Likewise, we will arrive at Patapampa, the highest point (4,800 m.s.), from where we can see the largest number of volcanoes in the department of Arequipa. We will arrive at the town of Chivay and we will settle in the hotel. Then we will have a time to be able to have lunch (free on account of the pax). At opportune time we will visit the thermal baths of the Calera (optional).
DAY 03.- CHIVAY – CRUZ DEL CÓNDOR – AREQUIPA
Immediately we will leave to visit the Cross of the Condor, place with an impressive view of the valley and from where we will be able to appreciate the flight of the condors and the depth of the canyon (3,400 meters of depth). On the way back we can visit the town of Pinchollo, the Pre-Inca Hanging Tombs, Litomoquetas, the town of Maca, Achola, the town of Yanque and Chivay. Lunch at the Chivay restaurant (lunch at the pax’s expense). Return to the city of Arequipa. Overnight
DAY 04.- AREQUIPA – OUT
At an appropriate time, transfer to the station / airport to return to the city of origin
- Transfer Station / Airport – hotel – Station / Airport
- 2 Nights accommodation in Arequipa
- 1 Night Accommodation in Chivay (COLCA INN)
- 3 Breakfasts Exc. City Tour
- Exc. Colca Canyon
- Entrances to the tourist attractions
- Bilingual Professional Guide (Spanish – English)
- Personalized attention
Arequipa has a pleasant climate throughout the year, with 300 days of sun, along with temperatures that do not rise of 25 ° C and rarely drop below 10 ° C. In general terms, in relation to rainfall and humidity, it is usually considered that there are two seasons: Wet and dry.
Summer, from December to March, is known as the wet season, with more clouds, some rains, higher humidity and minimum average temperatures of 10 ºC and maximum averages of 20 ºC.
Winter, between April and November, is known as the dry season, with very low humidity, no precipitation and temperatures that, although they are practically the same as summer, can feel a bit colder due to the dryness of the air.
In conclusion, although it can always be a good time to travel to Arequipa, it is usually considered that better months to visit the city, correspond to those of the dry season, avoiding rainfall and higher humidity.
$300.00 dollars per person