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Colca Canyon

Arequipa: 3 Day Itinerary

Enjoy this exquisite three-day Peruvian itinerary to Arequipa and Colca Canyon. Savor fine Peruvian food while taking in Arequipa's colonial beauty. See the breathtaking scenery and Andean condors at Colca Canyon. Experience fine lodgings, taking in the local way of life and culture to create a once-in-a-lifetime combination of adventure and pleasure.


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Luxe Arequipa Absolute Musts

Colca Canyon - Deep, picturesque canyon of Arequipa, with stunning scenery and flying condors.

Monasterio de Santa Catalina  - Convent in Arequipa with colorful walls and centuries-old ecclesiastical legacy.

CIRQA - Arequipa boutique hotel combining contemporary luxury with historical charm.

Luxe Arequipa Itinerary & Map 

Navigate your way through Arequipa with our recommended itinerary and map. View Google Maps with color-coded areas in interactive mode and access our scheduled list of spots.

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Daily Plan Summary

Las Casitas, A Belmond Hotel, Colca Canyon


Day 1


Colca Canyon


Las Casitas, A Belmond Hotel, Colca Canyon



las casitas

Day 2


Mirador Cruz del Cóndor


Uyo Uyo

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Day 3

CIRQA - Relais & Châteaux


Santa Catalina Monastery


La Benita de los Claustros


Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa


Plaza de Armas Arequipa


Church of the Company

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Patio del Ekeko


Mirador de Sachaca.

Arequipa Day 1: Colca Canyon

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Las Casitas Suite

Take in the splendors of the Colca Canyon with a very customized experience. Give your trip to Arequipa local and English-speaking driver Jorge Pomaleque. Having had the pleasure of traveling with him, we heartily endorse his services. With his beautifully kept tour van, he makes sure your trip goes smoothly. He handles your airport pickup, Colca transportation, Arequipa return, and last airport drop-off. Working with Jorge, polish your schedule and let him handle all of your transportation needs. Reach out to Jorge on WhatsApp at +51957860095 to check availability and get a quote. 

A calm haven, Las Casitas is tucked away in the center of Colca Canyon. Luxurious lodging in the shape of private casitas, it offers an unmatched fusion of luxury and environment. Savour regional fare, take leisurely walks, and unwind with revitalising spa treatments while soaking in the stunning scenery of the canyon.

Utilising the local customs and natural beauty, Samay Spa at Las Casitas provides a revitalising haven. A comprehensive wellness experience is ensured for guests by treatments that make use of traditional methods and native products. Tucked up amid the breathtaking views of the canyon, the spa is a haven of peace and healing. Make sure it's open before booking a room.

Set out on a stunning equestrian tour with the resort's experienced guides through the undiscovered treasures of Colca Valley. Travel through unspoiled woodlands and savour a delicious lunch with breath-taking scenery. For daily, one-to two-hour hikes, weather permitting, make reservations in advance.

Cuisine at Curiña Restaurant honors regional tastes and products. The restaurant offers dishes that perfectly encapsulate the spirit of the area, fusing classic recipes with cutting-edge methods, under the direction of its highly respected chef. Curiña, which is framed by the spectacular canyon, offers both culinary pleasure and breathtaking scenery.

Arequipa Day 2: Mirador Cruz del Cóndor

Colca valley view
Colca Canyon Valley

One of the deepest canyons in the world, Colca Canyon is best visited to see the magnificent Andean condors in flight. These massive, up to 3.3-meter-winged birds soar effortlessly against the breathtaking Andean scenery by using the thermal currents in the canyon. Particularly early in the morning, the Cruz del Cóndor viewpoint provides the ideal vantage point for this amazing show. To beat the throng, arrive before 8 a.m.

Tucked down in the valley, the Uyo Uyo ruins offer insights into agricultural communities before the Incas. A little distance away, the principal town of the valley, Chivay, provides hot spas and cultural activities; another charming village, Yanque, has colonial churches and colorful traditional dances. Their combined effect is a fascinating fusion of rich Andean culture and ancient history.

Back at Las Casitas resort, unwind in the spa or revitalize in your own plunge pool, which provides a small haven among the surrounding natural splendor.

Take in another dinner at Curiña restaurant after a drink at Puccq'io pub. Savor this last starry night at this wonderful resort.

Arequipa Day 3: Arequipa

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La Benita

A tribute to the rich history of Arequipa is the CIRQA boutique hotel. Nestled in a painstakingly renovated colonial estate from the 16th century, the hotel skillfully combines old world elegance with contemporary comforts. Comfort and a trip through time are provided by the special atmosphere that evokes the building's past as a component of the San Agustín Church.

In the ancient town sits the large, lively Monasterio de Santa Catalina. When it was first built in the sixteenth century, it housed cloistered nuns. Visitors can get a peek of its once-secret world and the daily lives of the nuns who lived there through its labyrinthine corridors, vibrant structures, and rich history.

Renowned for its superb blending of regional flavors and international cuisine is La Benita. A must-visit gastronomy destination in the center of the city, it provides a genuine Peruvian experience with a modern touch.

UNESCO World Heritage site Arequipa's old town is home to magnificent white sillar stone colonial buildings. Not far from the Santa Catalina Monastery are the magnificent Arequipa Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas and the elaborately adorned Jesuit Church of La Compañía. A historical and architectural treasure, its cobblestone streets exhibit a fusion of Spanish and indigenous elements.

Upscale boutique shopping is available at Patio del Ekeko. It's a well designed area with a range of upscale shops exhibiting regional handicrafts, distinctive clothing, and specialized goods. A great place for people looking for reasonably priced mementos and a flavor of the modern design culture of the city in a quaint setting.

Popular Arequipa vantage point Mirador de Sachaca provides expansive views of the city and the volcanoes that around it. Observed from above the cityscape, tourists are able to appreciate the size of the White City's architecture against the magnificent backdrop of nature. Photographing and introspective moments are both popular there.

Modern methods and traditional Peruvian flavors are combined in the restaurant at CIRQA in Arequipa to provide an amazing culinary experience. A meal that honors regional products and Arequipeñan legacy is served in a setting that reflects the hotel's fusion of luxury and history, overseen by its esteemed chef Maria Fé García.

Luxe Arequipa Extensions

Once the center of the Incan Empire, Cusco is a fascinating Peruvian metropolis that combines a rich cultural heritage with a young population. A distinctive atmosphere is created by the cobblestone lanes, colonial buildings, and Inca ruins, and its close proximity to Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley makes it an important entry point for travelers.

Peru's seaside capital, Lima, blends modern flair with colonial history. Acclaimed for its world-class food, lively arts scene, and archeological monuments, it is a historical showcase as well as a monument to Peruvian life today.

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