Hotel 4 ****
Private or Shared Transportation
This trip is an enchanting itinerary that takes you to the heart of the Andes, not many people choose to see and discover real nature, and be aware of what is on offer. This trip will help to understand the people, the living energy of the Andes, the veneration of mountains, living nature, cosmology or the art of believing now what they felt and feel, the way the world is seen from another perspective, a place where history is happening.
In the Andean tradition there were three main levels called the upper level HANAN PACHA, the stars and the universe; then the KAY PACHA, the world where we live and finally the UCKU PACHA, the underworld or lower world, the way in which nature is distributed naturally and how it is conceived by people.
Upon arrival at Lima’s airport, a private driver will be meeting and driving you to your hotel.
Free evening in the dynamic districts of the Peruvian capital.
Overnight in Lima.
During the morning, a transportation will take us to the airport for a domestic flight to Arequipa.
Upon arrival, our staff will be there to greet, meet and transfer you to your hotel located at the heart of the city. Time to rest and adjust to the altitude.
Free afternoon. Overnight in Arequipa.
In the morning, we will discover the so-called white city and its colonial center by walking: the Plaza de Armas, the Santuarios Andinos museum and the Santa Catalina’s Convent. A true city with its alleys lined with colorful houses.
We will then go to the Yanahuara and Cayma overlooks, which offer panoramic views of the fabulous surrounding volcanoes.
We will stop for lunch at a traditional Peruvian restaurant and then return to the hotel.
Free evening and overnight in Arequipa.
Early in the morning, we will depart for the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world.
Along the way, we will pass at the slope of the Chachani, and cross part of the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve, populated by wild vicuñas. The road gradually climbs to reach its highest point: El mirador de los volcanes at 4900 m or 16,076ft. From there, the view of the Ampato (6400m//20,997ft), the Sabancaya (5976m//19,606ft), and the HuallcaHuallca (6025m//19,767ft) is breathtaking.
In this place we will do a ceremony called Saywas, pilling a group of stones a praying with Kintu (coca leaves) to the highest mountains to obtain energy and connect with nature.
There will be a descent towards Chivay, where we will stop for lunch and will be our place for overnight.
End of the day free. Overnight in Chivay.
Extra activities to do in the afternoon: (not included in package)
After breakfast, departure for “la Cruz Del Cóndor” (Condors cross), a viewpoint that offers a magnificent view of the Colca Canyon from the first rays of the sun. This is where you can admire the flight of the condor, the largest bird in the world.
We will do a Despacho (an offering ceremony to mother earth) to attract the energy of the Hanan Pacha (The world above) offering Kintus.
Return to Chivay and time to have lunch.
In the afternoon, we will depart to Coporaque and start a walk towards Yanque (approx. 2h). Both towns are very close to Chivay and we will able to witness the way of life of the inhabitants has changed little since
Inca’s times. On our way, we will do a little Huchuy Despacho in honor of the volcanoes and its energy, also we will connect with the Uku Pacha (The world below).
Return to Chivay and overnight at the Hotel.
Early in the morning we will depart towards the still active Sabancaya volcano (5975 m // 19,603 ft.), located 5 hours away from Chivay.
We will stop at the Patapampa overlook, where we will witness the pre-eruption activity of the volcano. We will start our mystical session with a Saywa ceremony, to be able to connect with the living energy of the Pachamama (Mother Earth), in this case represented by the Sabancaya.
We will continue our experience arriving to the geysers, a special type of hot spring that periodically emits a column of hot water and steam into the air. We will be able to do a cleansing and purification ceremony there.
After a picnic lunch at this fabulous place, we will return to Chivay for overnight.
After breakfast, we will head back to the city of Arequipa and be transferred to the airport to board a domestic flight to Lima.
Reception and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Lima.
* Optional: Continue the journey with Cusco or Puno (Not included on package and previous coordination with our team.
Transfer to the airport to take your international flight.