In the morning we will be briefed about the highlights of the well-known “White City”. It is called the ”White City” due to the historic centre and most of the old colonial houses that were built with “sillar” white volcanic stone.
The first stop is Santa Catalina Convent, founded in 1579. Walking into the adobe building is like going back 400 years in time, walking down narrow streets, courtyards, chapels, small squares, as well as utilitarian areas. Our next stop is the Colca Canyon. At first we will be in the Aguada Blanca National Reserve, whose rugged plains are home to vast herds of Guanaco, Alpaca, and Vicuña. We will continue the journey as we ride along the edge of the crater of the Chucura Volcano, until we reach the Mirador de los Andes (Lookout Point of the Andes) in Patapampa.
This lookout point, at 16,100 ft (4,900 m) above sea level, will offer spectacular views of the snow- capped peaks of the various volcanoes surrounding Arequipa, including the Hualca Calca, the Sabancaya, and the Ampato. Next, we head to the town of Chivay (close to where the Colca Valley begins) to catch a glimpse of the platforms and terraces built by the ancient Collagua and Cabana inhabitants. After lunch, we will make our way to the hotel.
We have the rest of the day at leisure to take advantage of the hotel’s facilities.
Overnight Aranwa Colca Breakfast and Lunch