9 nights program
LIMA/ AREQUIPA/ COLCA / PUNO/ CUSCO
HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR TRIP TO PERU
Day 1 – Arrival to Lima
Arrival to the airport Jorge Chavez. Welcome, reception and accommodation at the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel JOSE ANTONIO LIMA**** or SIMILAR
Day 2 – Lima flight to Arequipa
Visit of La Compañia de Jesus church and its cloisters, considered as the most perfect expression of the 17th century religious architecture, it belongs to the Baroque mestizo movement.
Visit of the convent of Santa Catalina. Maria de Guzman had bought a neighbourhood in the downtown Arequipa, she surrounded it with high walls and founded here the Convent of the Domincans in devotion to Holy Catherine de Sienne. This convent was strictly a cloister, closed for more than 400 years. Its construction goes back to the 1580 with more than 20.000 square meters; it’s a real city inside the city, with its narrow streets named with castillian names, its fountains out of volcanic stone, its gardens and its imposing temple. The little houses on these narrow streets where built by the families of the first inhabitants of the cloister that tried to give their daughter all comfort that a girl of the high society deserves. The convent was opened to the public on 1970 after the Pope’s visit to Arequipa and it’s nowadays one of the most important tourist attractions of the white city of Arequipa.
Visit of the Santuarios Andinos Museum, where is exposed Juanita, a young Inca girl who was sacrificed in 1450s and buried in the snow caped volcano Ampato (6,380 m)
Overnight at the hotel CASA ANDINA SELECT AREQUIPA**** or SIMILAR.
Day 3 – Arequipa / Chivay
Departure to Chivay, in the Colca Valley crossing an astonishing landscape.
We take the way to Chivay the track goes up to the Pampa Cañahua where on the way, we see alpacas and lamas (a species of camels) with some luck we can see herds of vicuñas, we can also admire the volcanoes of Misti, Chachani among others.
In the ponds of the area the migratory birds rest, those birds return to the mountains to remain there during the dry season.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
Arrival to Chivay and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel EL REFUGIO**** or SIMILAR.
Day 4 – Chivay / Cruz del Condor / Puno
Morning departure along the Colca Canyon to reach the Cruz de Condor. At this place the mirador affords a superb view. Downwards curves the Colca River.
The abysm reaches a1200 meters depth. Otherwise the walls of the canyon exceed the 3000 meters. With a little luck we can spot condors flying overhead. These birds, which spread wings, can reach up to 5 meters, leave early to search food.
Depart to Puno.
Arrival and accommodation.
Overnight at the hotel ECO INN PUNO*** or SIMILAR.