Day 1: Arequipa-Colca Valley After hotel pickup in Arequipa, climb aboard your comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and relax during the scenic journey to the colossal Colca Valley. Gaze out of the window at volcanic borders and impossibly green hills as you venture closer to the visionary valley. Pass through the picturesque Pampa Canahuas Vicuna Reserve to see wild vicunas grazing on the vivid highlands then venture to a traditional Peruvian town to enjoy a delicious lunch inspired by regional recipes. Explore the town independently for the remainder of the day, visiting the steaming baths nearby (own expense) or wandering amid authentic Incan architecture. Overnight: Choose between the Chivay or Colca Lodge Hotel, the price of which is not included.
Day 2: Colca Valley-Arequipa Emerge early after a refreshing rest and venture to the fantastic viewpoint at the Condor Cross to view the canyon at a height of 3,960 feet (1,200 meters) above sea level. Gaze at the enormously deep crevices of the colossal canyon, scanning the sky for swooping condors as you admire. Gain insight into the fascinating Andean creatures alongside your knowledgeable guide, then venture to the provincial villages of Maca (Achoma) and Yanque. Admire the perfectly preserved colonial churches and artisan stalls of the picturesque pueblos, then enjoy a flavorsome and fulfilling lunch in a rustic restaurant. Relax during the return journey to Arequipa, where the tour concludes. Cusco.
Inclusions: Hotel pickup and drop-off Professional guide Transport by air-conditioned coach Entrance fee to Colca Canyon Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Exclusions: Food and drinks, unless specified Gratuities (optional) Overnight accommodation Optional activities (hot springs: USD$4)