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Arequipa – Half-Day Tour to the Salinas Lagoon from Arequipa

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  • 7 Hours
  • Groups: up to 15 people
  • Difficulty: 3
  • Available: All Year
  • Pick up: Accommodation in Arequipa
  • Min Age: 6+
This tour includes a visit to the main tourist destination of the highland region: “Salinas Lagoon”, known for being a high Andean salt lake located within the “Salinas and Aguada Blanca” Nature Reserve in the city of Arequipa.
 
What will you see during this activity?
  1. The Volcanoes Viewpoint.
  2. Plaza de Armas and Chiguata Church.
  3. Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve.
  4. Salinas Lagoon.
  5. Sightings of flamingos, llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas (depending on the season).
  6. Las Mariposas Pools (optional).

Meeting point

Pick up from the hotel (valid only for hotels near the Plaza de Armas in Arequipa).

See the route and distances here: Google Maps

Includes

  • Private transportation: Volcanoes Viewpoint/Chiguata/Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve/Salinas Lagoon/Chiguata/Arequipa.
  • Guided tour: Salinas Lagoon Route in shared service.
  • Tourist ticket for Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve.
  • Entrance ticket to Quebrada de Virgen de Culebrillas.
  • Bilingual Professional Guide.

Price

US$ 22

  • Price per person.
  • Rates valid ONLY for FOREIGNERS. If you are a National, please contact us for a quote via Whatsapp
To detail

We will begin this activity early in the morning, picking up customers from the comfort of their hotel (valid for hotels within the Historic Center). This tour will allow you to experience the high-altitude landscape of southern Peru. Our first stop will be the Volcanoes Viewpoint in the Chiguata District, where you can observe volcanoes such as Misti, Chachani, and Pichupichu.

Next, we will visit the town of Chiguata, where we’ll take a short City Tour to see the Church and its main square. Here, we’ll also have time for breakfast. Afterward, we’ll continue to the Alto Simbral area at 4200 meters above sea level, where we’ll see the typical flora of the region.

Then, we’ll arrive at Salinas Lagoon. In this magical place, if you’re taking the tour between January and March (depending on the season), you’ll see the water mirrors. If you’re taking the tour between April and December, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the salt extraction centers and take impressive photographs!

Additionally, we’ll observe local wildlife, including flamingos or “parihuanas”, llamas, alpacas, and the world-famous vicuñas. As an optional visit, we’ll have time to enjoy the thermal pools called “Las Mariposas” (The Butterflies). Finally, we’ll return to the city of Arequipa, arriving around 13:30, where we’ll drop you off a few blocks from the Plaza Mayor.

  • Location: Northeast of the city of Arequipa, Chiguata District, Caylloma Province, Arequipa Department, Peru.
  • Distance from the city of Arequipa to the town of Chiguata (Mirador de los Volcanes point) by van: approximately 45 minutes travel time.
  • Maximum altitude at Salinas Lagoon: 4300 meters above sea level.
  • Climate: Semitropical to very cold. Average annual temperature ranges from 7°C to 16°C.
  • Low season in Arequipa: from January to March (rainy season).
  • High season in Arequipa: from April to December.
  • Departure time: 06:00 AM. Hotel pick-up (valid only for hotels within the Historic Center of Arequipa).
  • Return time: 12:00 PM. Departure towards Arequipa (approximate arrival in the city of Arequipa at 13:30).
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Itinerary

Day 1Description of activities

  • 06:00: Pick-up of passengers from their accommodation heading to the Volcanoes Viewpoint.
  • 07:00: Brief stop at Patapampa Viewpoint, also known as Volcanoes Viewpoint (4910 meters above sea level), the highest point on the route to Colca Canyon. Here, we can admire the Misti, Chachani, and Pichupichu volcanoes.
  • 08:00: Arrival in the town of Chiguata, where we will have time for breakfast.
  • 08:40: Departure towards the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve.
  • 10:00: Arrival at the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve and Salinas Lagoon, where we will spend about 1 hour and 30 minutes to enjoy the flora and fauna.
  • 12:00: Return journey via Chiguata, heading back to the city of Arequipa.
  • 13:30: Arrival in the city of Arequipa, concluding our services.
FAQs

What is the best time to visit Salinas Lagoon?

We have 2 visiting seasons for this destination, and the best one will depend on each client’s preferences. If you want to see the water mirrors, we recommend visiting between January and March, which is the rainy season in the region. For the rest of the year, from April to December, the landscape changes to dry salt flats. Remember that the photos you can take in this place will largely depend on the timing of your trip.

What important details should I know about the tour?

This activity is offered in a shared service, meaning transportation will be shared with other clients, up to a maximum of 15 passengers, all following the same itinerary. If you wish to know the cost for our private tour service, please contact us at info@360explora.com.pe

About the Van you should know:

  • In order to adhere to the itinerary, the maximum tolerance for starting the journey will be 10 minutes.
  • Seats in the vehicle will be occupied on a first-come, first-served basis, and passengers must return to the same seat they occupied at the start of the activity.

How far in advance can I make a reservation?

Maximum up to 48 hours before the start of the activity and/or subject to availability of places. If you are from a neighboring country or any other part of the world, we recommend you book at least 5 days in advance.

Should I bring any form of identification during the tour?

Yes, it is essential that all participants carry a valid ID, Immigration Card or Passport during the tour, since entry tickets can only be purchased physically on the same day of the tour and by presenting the document at the ticket office of the tour. attractive to visit.

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