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Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve

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Address: Arequipa, Peru
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Wonderful wildlife

We drove through this vast nature reserve on our way from Arequipa to Chivay. Once out of the bustling city traffic we came to the altiplano (high plateau) where the highlight was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We drove through this vast nature reserve on our way from Arequipa to Chivay. Once out of the bustling city traffic we came to the altiplano (high plateau) where the highlight was seeing vicunas in their natural habitat; they look wonderfully sleek and elegant creatures - very different from the alpacas and llamas that we also saw. We stopped at... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We went in June 2013, passing thru on the way to Colca Valley coming from Arequipa. We got to see beautiful landscapes and vicunas pretty close. If you are taking the same way I would recommend a few days of acclimatisation as you'll pass at 4900m and it can take it's toll. But it's definitely worth going if you go... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

First its not easy to get into deeper regions of the national park and the road is bad so you need a 4x4 (with driver is the best since finding the way its not easy at all). We visited the Salina lake and some surrounding areas. Already the drive from Arequipa is great and I would say it is for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

We had our hotel staff (Libertador) arrange for an English speaking guide/driver to take us up towards Colca Canyon but not all the way... after the first noisy half-hour, one leaves the city. Once the road passes an enormous concrete plant, the countryside becomes more and more enthralling with every kilometer. The climb from the elevation of the AQP airport... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We hired a driver to take us to the reserve, and although we saw alpaca, sheep, and the endangered vicuna, it was hard to take pictures and they were often fleeting. I had hoped to have a more personal experience, being able to walk around more, but most of our photos were taken from the car. Still, I'd recommend just... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We saw lots of really cute vicunas and alpacas there, I'd definitely recommend it! Make sure you make it to Chivay to go to the Colca canyon.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 via mobile

Great reserve especially to see Vicuñas. Well worth the drive from Arequipa . Good viewing from the road. Also good place to see llamas and alpacas

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

This is probably the closest that I have been to the Altiplano. This geography has for long been described as out of worldly. One of those places where anywhere you turn your eye, you will have something to breath in and remember for rest of your lives. For me it was the bus ride between Arequipa and Cuzco (via Juliaca)... More 

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Mexico City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is a must while driving to the Colca Canyon (or to Puno). The views of the volcanoes are beutiful. Also you can see several vicunas, alpacas and llamas on the way.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

You cross this large National Park if you do tour of Colca Canyon from Arequipa. The park starts just 20km from Arequipa and rapidly gains altitude. It is important you stock up on coca leaves or at least drink some coca tea before setting off. Chewing the leaves may seem revolting but it cancels out the effect of any altitude... More 

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