Travel from Matarani to Arequipa or "The White City" - a nickname taken because of the pearly white volcanic rock, sillar, that is used in its buildings, where you will see an incredible archeological find.
Arriving in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Arequipa, you will first have a panoramic drive through the city, seeing highlights such as the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral. Next, you will make your way to the Santuarios Andinos Museum for a visit. The museum is situated in the Catholic University of Santa Maria, and while small, has many fascinating exhibits. The most notable exhibit is a mummy of a teenaged Inca maiden. Found frozen in the Andes by the American anthropologist Dr Johan Reinhard, the mummy contained many clues and information about her culture and life. It is believed that she was the victim of a ritualistic sacrifice by Inca priests and her death brought about by a violent blow to the head. Estimated to be approximately thirteen when she died, she lay buried beneath the snow for 550 years, only being revealed after an eruption of the nearby Sabancaya Volcano melted the ice on the mountain peak.
Following your museum visit, you will have some free time at leisure at "Patio Ekeko", a gallery with stunning craft shops offering jewelry, handicrafts, alpaca clothing and furniture. A boxed dinner will be offered on board the coach during your return to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of easy to moderate walking that can include natural and uneven surfaces at the museum, plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. The coach drive between Matarani and Arequipa is between 2 - 2.5 hours each direction. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Casual yet conservative, weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The tour sequence may vary. While every attempt will be made to provide a coach that has a restroom on board, it should be noted that there are no restroom facilities on the route between Matarani and Arequipa.