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The spice of Arequipa

The spice of Arequipa

From $1722 per person
  • Learn how to prepare traditional dishes and drinks of Arequipa cuisine.
  • Visit the “Cruz del Condor” viewpoint to appreciate the flight of these magnificent birds
  • Enjoy a dinner that combines the best of Andean and Alpine food.

Itinerary summary:

Day 1:

You will arrive to Arequipa and check-in in your hotel

Day 2:

You will start your trip to Arequipa with a hands-on experience in which you will visit the most important market in the city and learn how to prepare dishes and drinks of Arequipa’s cuisine from the hand of a “picantera” (a local traditional cook). Then, you will take a walk through the most interesting places of White City, such as the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, beautiful colonial houses, the Santa Catalina monastery, and the popular Yanahuara viewpoint.

Day 3:

You will visit the Ashlar quarries, a volcanic stone with which many churches and colonial houses in the city are built. After lunch, you will be part of an immersive experience where you will learn about the history of Peruvian chocolate, and will be able to prepare your own! In the afternoon, you will appreciate ancestral fiber classification and traditional weaving techniques live on a visit to the interesting Museum of textile machinery. For dinner, you will enjoy a fantastic tasting menu and pairing experience called “Arequipa’s Monarchy,” in which the chef uses only native ingredients. Fantastic pairing experience.

Day 4:

After an approximately 3.5-hour private ride, you will arrive in Chivay, in the Colca Valley, have lunch, and enjoy an afternoon of total relaxation at natural hot springs.

Day 5:

The viewpoint “Cruz del Condor” is definitely the best place to see the flight of these magnificent birds. A couple of hours later, you will enjoy a delicious brunch at an organic farm, and start your journey back to the city of Arequipa. In the evening, you will enjoy a dinner that combines the best of Andean and Alpine food.

Day 6:

You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to your next destination or back home at the proper time.

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Itinerario

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Día 1:
Arrival to Arequipa
You will be transferred to your hotel.
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Día 2:
Market visit & traditional Arequipean cooking class
Your journey in Arequipa starts with a very fun experience in which you will get to know the most important local market to learn about the ingredients that make Arequipa's food so special. Then, you will learn to prepare traditional dishes and drinks from Arequipa's cuisine along with a local "picantera".
City tour
Later, you will visit the White City and go through its most interesting spots, such as the main square, the Cathedral, colonial houses, Santa Catalina's monastery, and Yanahuara’s viewpoint.
3
Día 3:
Ashlar quarries
You will visit the magnificent quarries from which ashlar is extracted. Ashlar is a volcanic stone with which most churches and colonial houses in the city are built.
Peruvian chocolate workshop
After lunch, you will participate in an immersive chocolate experience: you will know the history, origins, and preparation processes of Peruvian chocolate, and prepare one of your own!
Textile boutique & museum
Later, you will appreciate ancestral fiber classification and weaving traditional techniques in this unique textile museum. You will also be able to interact with Alpacas in a beautiful natural environment.
Andean tasting menu
You will close the day with an exclusive dinner. Using nothing but native ingredients according to the seasons, the chef has designed a 10-course tasting menu called “Arequipa’s monarchy”. This experience includes drinks pairing.
4
Día 4:
Transfer to Chivay & Hot springs
After a private ride of approx. 3.5 hours, you'll arrive in Chivay (in the Colca Valley), have lunch, and enjoy an afternoon of total relaxation at natural hot springs.
5
Día 5:
“Cruz del Cóndor”
Early in the morning, you will go to the Cruz del Condor lookout to see the flight of these magnificent birds. A couple of hours later, you will enjoy a delicious brunch at an organic farm and start your journey back to Arequipa city.
Alpa-andean dinner
In the evening, you will enjoy a dinner in the city that combines the best of Andean and Alpine food.
6
Día 6:
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to your next destination or back home at the proper time.

Location

Cirqa Relais & Châteaux Luxury Located in the historic centre of Arequipa, Cirqa was fervently inspired by the unbounded hospitality and ecclesiastical history that still define Arequipa to its core. Honouring this original concept, Cirqa is a place of both rest and fine cuisine. Belmond Casitas del Colca Luxury This secluded hideaway offers a unique opportunity to experience the traditional beauty of Peru. Immerse yourself in a tranquil pace of life as you spend more time in harmony with the incredible nature and welcoming local communities of this lush valley. Palla Boutique Boutique The hotel is located in the very center of Arequipa, not far from the cathedral and the Plaza de Armas. It offers a great location and great service so you can enjoy the beautiful and historic city of Arequipa! Colca Lodge 4 Stars With a design inspired by the ancient pre-Inca constructions, the Colca Lodge has used mud, stone and straw to create a magical environment where the rooms mix with the gardens and these with the adjacent crop fields. The contact with nature is full but the comforts in this rural environment away from civilization are equally full.

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