Day 1 - arrive Arequipa - Museo de Altura - Santa Catalina Convent
Depart from...Lima, Cuzco or Puno for a morning arrival into Arequipa where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Afterwards you will be met and taken for a guided tour to the Museo de Altura where the noted Inca Ice Princess ( Momia Juanita) is preserved for the public view. In 1995, American archaeologist Johan Rienhards is credited for discovering this child mummy of the Inca civilization high above Colca Canyons Mt Ambato (20,70 ft.) Afterwards continue to the Santa Catalina Convent. Opened to the public in 1970 after four centuries of mysterious isolation this site is by far the most interesting. At one point there were over 450 nuns that lived in seclusion from the outside. Contrary to what you would expect from the nuns who take vows of living in poverty. The convent has been beautifully remodeled with Colonial furniture & paintings from the Cuzco & Arequipa Schools of Art. The convent itself literaly is a city in it self. With the traditional painted homes, cobblestone streets & plazas spread throughout, its massivness will amaze. Afterwards return to your hotel. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 2 - Arequipa - Colca Canyon - Chivay - Hot Springs
Early morning departure at 8:00 a.m. by tour bus to the north part of Arequipa passing the town of Yura, around the Mountain of Chachani. Today you have a chance to see Pampa Canahuas and the National Vicuna Reserve. Mid day (12:00 p.m.) arrival into Chivay and the lodge for lunch. (lunch on own) Afterwards time permitting you can visit the local hot springs. Evening the dinner and typical folk show at the lodge. Overnight at the local lodge. (CB/D)
Day 3 - Colca Canyon - Chivay - Arequipa
Morning departure ( 7:00 a.m. ) to "El Mirador de la Cruz del Condor" where the best possibilities of viewing the fabled Andean condor are available. Later return to Chivay, where you will visit some pre-Inca tombs as well as several small traditional villages like Pichollo, Maca and Yanque before returning to Chivay for lunch. Afternoon depart by tour bus from Chivay and return to Arequipa (5:00 p.m.) and transfer to your hotel. Over night at your hotel. (CB)
Day 4 - Arequipa - ( Lima, Puno or Cuzco )
You will be met & transferred to the Arequipa airport and the departing flight to Cuzco, Puno or Lima. (CB)
NOTE : All hotels include either Continental or Buffet breakfast.
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