Santa Catalina Convent
One of the main attractions within Arequipa is the Santa Catalina Convent, established in 1579.Learn More
Arequipa is Peru's second largest city and was founded in 1540. A delightful city set in a green valley among the high-altitude deserts and volcanoes of southern Peru; the buildings in the centre have been built almost exclusively of the volcanic material 'sillar', a white, porous rock, giving Arequipa its nickname of 'La Ciudad Blanca' - 'The White City'. At an elevation of 2,300m (7,500 feet) above sea level, the altitude can take a few days to get used to.
Arequipa is a tranquil city with important colonial and republican architecture, leading it to be classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the main attractions within Arequipa is the Santa Catalina Convent, established in 1579. It was built mainly in the Moorish 'mudejar' style, and is well known for its brightly painted walls. There are still some 20 nuns living in the convent, and parts of it are also open to the public.
Arequipa is also used by many people as a departure point for their visit to the Colca Canyon. About 100 miles from Arequipa and accessible by road, the Colca Canyon is the world's deepest canyon and is home to many small traditional villages, as well as being the habitat of the Andean Condor.
One of the main attractions within Arequipa is the Santa Catalina Convent, established in 1579. It was built mainly in the Moorish 'mudejar' style, and is well known for its brightly painted walls. There are still some 20 nuns living in the convent, and parts of it are also open to the public. Covering an entire city block, it is almost a walled city within the city, with many alleyways and patios, and easy to get lost inside without a guide. The convent also has an impressive collection of religious art dating back to the 16th century.
Arequipa is also used by many people as a departure point for their visit to the Colca Canyon. About 100 miles from Arequipa, the Colca Canyon is considered to be one of the world's deepest canyon and home to the Andean Condor. There is no better place to watch these majestic birds than from the Cruz del Condor in the canyon. Snow-cappped mountain peaks on either side frame the magnificent scenery, which is in places green and almost tropical, in others rocky and precipitous. The local Colca people still cultivate terraces along the canyon walls in many places, and many traditional towns and villages can be found all along the length of the canyon. The small, unpretentious town of Chivay is undoubtedly the most important in the area, found on the upper part of the river where the canyon is not so deep.
Travel in ultimate style on board the Belmond Andean Explorer, South America's first sleeper train. Journey between the former Inca capital of Cusco to the beautiful 'white city' of Arequipa, via the majestic islands of Lake Titicaca. Enjoy sweeping views of the high plains of the Peruvian altiplano from the open-air observation deck, pisco sour in hand and new friends by your side. Gather round the grand piano in the lounge bar and dine in the sumptuous surrounds of the two dining cars, enjoying dishes created by skilled chefs and made with fresh and locally sourced ingredients. At night, sleep in luxurious cabins inspired by Peruvian fabrics and with your own en-suite shower.
Trips between Cusco and Arequipa are two night itineraries, offering the perfect mix of exploration and relaxation. These stop en-route at Lake Titicaca to visit the Uros floating reed islands and traditional Taquille Island, with its fabulous views of the lake. It is also possible to see the rock art of the first human inhabitants of Peru and explore the Colca Canyon, twice as deep as the Grand Canyon and the best place in South America to see the powerful condor.
A one night service takes visitors between the famous lake and Cusco.
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Our comprehensive journey through Peru. Discover Andean landscapes, ancient civilisations, stunning ruins and the magnificent islands of Lake Titicaca
Day 1 - Arrival in Lima
Day 2 - Tour of Lima
Day 3 - Tour of the City & Santa Catalina Convent
Day 4 - Journey to the Colca Canyon
Day 5 - Tour of Colca Canyon
Day 6 - Journey to Lake Titicaca
Day 7 - Visit Uros & Taquile Islands
Day 8 - Journey to Cusco
Day 9 - Full Day Tour of Sacred Valley
Day 10 - At Leisure in the Sacred Valley
Day 11 - Train Journey to Machu Picchu & Guided Tour
Day 12 - Return to Cusco
Day 13 - Tour of Cusco
Day 14 - At Leisure in Cusco
Day 15 - Departure
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Discover Peru's diverse landscapes and history, from the Coastal Desert, the altiplano and high peaks of the Andes, to the lush Amazon rainforest.
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Day 1 - Welcome Introduction to Lima
Day 2 - Nasca Lines
Day 3 - Excursion to Ballestas Islands
Day 4 - City Tour & Santa Catalina Convent
Day 5 - Excursion to Uros Islands
Day 6 - Train Journey to Cusco
Day 7 - Excursion to the Sacred Valley
Day 8 - City Tour & Ruins Of Cusco
Day 9 - At Leisure in Cusco
Day 10 - Journey to Machu Picchu
Day 11 - Return to Cusco
Day 12 - Amazon Lodge & Canopy Tower
Day 13 - Wildlife Safari & Community Visit
Day 14 - Lima
Day 15 - Lima
Chasqui Active Tour
14 Nights from £3,349 €3,118 $3,353
Active Tour of Peru, with day walks in the Colca Canyon, Sacred Valley, and finishing with the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
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Day 1 - Welcome to Lima
Day 2 - Lima City Tour
Day 3 - City Tour & Santa Catalina Convent
Day 4 - Colca Canyon
Day 5 - Continue to Puno, Lake Titicaca
Day 6 - Tour of Uros & Taquile Islands
Day 7 - Journey to Cusco
Days 8-9 - Full Day Tour of the Sacred Valley
Days 10-12 - Ancient Inca Trail
Day 13 - Guided tour of the site
Day 14 - Tour of Cusco
Day 15 - Flight to Lima
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Combine an Amazon adventure with visits to the Inca heartland in Peru and the island communities of Lake Titicaca and a flight over the mysterious Nazca Lines.
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Day 1 - Travel to Lima
Day 2 - Paracas
Day 3 - Ballestas islands and Inca Museum
Day 4 - Nazca Lines
Day 5 - Arequipa
Day 6 - La Paz & Moon Valley
Day 7-8 - Lake Titicaca & Copacabana
Day 9 - Sun Island, Lake Titicaca
Day 10 - Travel to Puno
Day 11 - Train to Cusco
Day 12 - Tour of Cusco
Day 13 - Train to Machu Picchu
Day 14 - Machu Picchu at leisure
Day 15 - Sacred Valley
Day 16-18 - Amazon Lodge
Days 19-20 - Return to the airport and fly to Lima
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Explore the Inca Empire including the remote Colca Canyon and staying in the "Sacred Valley", taking the trains to Machu Picchu and along magnificent Andean landscapes from La…
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Day 1 - Flight to Lima and join group
Day 2 - Morning tour of Lima
Day 3 - City Tour of Arequipa
Day 4 - Transfer to Colca Canyon
Day 5 - Cruz del Condor
Day 6 - Travel to Lake Titicaca
Day 7 - Boat Tour of Lake Titicaca
Day 8 - Inka Express Bus Journey to the Sacred Valley of the Incas
Day 9 - Day at leisure in Sacred Valley
Day 10 - Tour the Sacred Valley of the Inca
Day 11 - Guided tour of Machu Picchu
Day 12 - Explore Machu Picchu & Travel to Cusco
Day 13 - Guided City Tour of Cusco & nearby ruins
Day 14 - Day at Leisure in Cusco
Day 15 - Return flight
Day 16 - Arrive home
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