DAY 1: AREQUIPA
Upon arrival reception and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon you'll take the Arequipa half day city tour that includes the visit at the Santa Catalina monastery. The city has fine Spanish buildings and many old and interesting churches built of sillar, a pearly white volcanic material almost exclusively used in the construction of Arequipa . The Santa Catalina Convent is by far the most remarkable sight, opened in 1970 after 4 centuries of mystery. Overnight
DAY 2: AREQUIPA / CHIVAY.
At 08:00 a.m. leave Arequipa towards north west direction behind snow-covered Chachani, we see wild vicuñas, alpacas & llamas in Pampa Cañahuas national reserve, some birds like flamingoes, ibis, Andean gooze, ducks, Andean eagle "Kara Kara" view point of the Volcanoes and snow covered mountains in Patapampa (4,800 m. - 15,000 ft.). Arrive in Chivay, capital of the valley. Afternoon optional visit to the thermal springs & pools in La Calera 40º C temperature.
(Admission to the pools not included, about $3 per person). Overnight ( L, D)
DAY 3: CHIVAY / CABANACONDE / SANGALLE/ CABANACONDE
We will get up early in the morning to have breakfast and then go to the town of Cabanaconde , from where we go down 1,200m, into the Colca Canyon to reach Sangalle or Oasis is a very green place with abundant vegetation, here we will find a natural swimming pool of 20 ºC. After lunch back up to Cabanaconde. Dinner and Overnight. (B, L, D)
DAY 4: CABANACONDE / CRUZ DEL CONDOR / PUNO
After breakfast the transport ( 35 minutes) brings us to the most visited point to see Condors “ la Cruz del Condor “ also since here is possible to appreciate the depth of the canyon. After one hour we begin our trip to Puno with guiding stops on the way. After Lunch to Puno (B, L, D). Overnight.
DAY 5: UROS AND TAQUILE ISLANDS
You will be picked up from your hotel at 7:30 a.m. , after a 2 hour motorboat ride, you will arrive at the Uros island in the Titikaka lake. Fishermen and hunters inhabit the floating islands of the Uros. The residents of the Uros use the cattail, a type of rush, which grows in the lake, to create the conditions that ensure the islands stay afloat. The dense roots that the plants develop support the island. The roofs are waterproof and the houses are extremely humid because of the surrounding water. At present, they speak Quechua and Aymara. Then we will visit the Taquile island, where we will have lunch in the cooperative restaurant. There is also a cooperative shop on the plaza that sells exceptional wool goods which are of very fine quality. Taquile Island is famous for its craft production, particularly for its beautiful textiles. (13,000 ft above sea level) . We will return to Puno in the afternoon and overnight . (B,L).
DAY 6: TRANSFER OUT FROM PUNO
Breakfast and transfer to the airport or bus station (B).
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PRICE PER PERSON IN DOUBLE ROOM; DEPENDS ON NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS, EMAIL US FOR PRICE.
DESCOUNT FOR STUDENTS/ DESCOUNT FOR GROUPS
All accommodations, All scheduled transportation, All transfers, All scheduled excursions with English-speaking guide, All entrance fees, Meals as specified in the itinerary B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner.
NOT INCLUDED IN THE FEE
Domestic airfares, International airfares, airport departure taxes or visa fees, excess baggage charges, additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations,
alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages or bottled water, snacks, insurance of
any kind, laundry, phone calls, radio calls or messages, reconfirmation of
international flights and items of personal nature.