Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve

Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve, Arequipa: Address, Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve Reviews: 4.5/5

Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve

Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve
4.5
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Avenida Arequipa, Arequipa 04001 Peru

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Seth Orch
Greater Sydney, Australia7 contributions
Hidden gem just out of Arequipa
Feb 2020
Do not leave Arequipa without visiting this park. It has hot springs, salt flats, wildlife and beautiful Andean views. Too bad most tourists miss it. A day is enough but stay longer if you can.
Written March 14, 2020
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Robin P
Sydney, Australia361 contributions
Sumbay Cave Paintings
Oct 2019
Located 97km north of Arequipa on the Caylloma Road (1.45 hrs by bus), is the Salinas Reserve which houses the Sumbay Caves where you will see amazing cave paintings, some 8,000 years old created by the first humans to live in the Peruvian highlands.
Clearly recognizable, I spotted paintings of the Rhea, Puma, Guanaco (no longer found in this area but still found in the southern parts of South America) amongst other paintings.
Our train stopped in the middle of nowhere at the spot where natural rock steps lead down to the caves. You can’t underestimate the steepness and difficulty of navigating these steps but our train provided hiking sticks which made things easier, although coming back up was harder and our guide gave me a second stick which was a godsend.
Written February 8, 2020
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Alicehelena1208
United Kingdom328 contributions
Loads of alpacas
Oct 2019
Great to go into the national park to see herds of alpacas, llamas and vicuna. Bus trip through the park with plenty of stops and viewing areas to see the herds.
Written January 27, 2020
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Marion B
16 contributions
A place to have to stay
Nov 2019
A amazing place, its very interessting how the people work on this salinas and the salt is very nice
Written December 9, 2019
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kclauss
7 contributions
Hidden jewel just around the corner
Nov 2019
I came to Arequipa for Colca Canyon like most everyone else. Decided to make the most of our free day and made our way to this reserve on an organized tour. We had no idea there were beautiful salt flats in Peru too! Plus the wildlife and hot springs made it really a special day. I fully recommend it.
Written November 12, 2019
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yandinazetland
Stonehaven, UK2,605 contributions
Big skies - big views
Sep 2019
We left Arequipa bound for the Colca Valley . The bus takes an hour or so to clear the town and then you are into the countryside with fantastic views , rock formations and ,llamas alpacas and vicunas to be seen.
This is a busy road - mining trucks combine with the tourists - the bends are tight and the driving erratic .
We stopped at Chintos Patahursi - 4018m high - loos , a cafe and some stalls of knitwera and toursist tat. The rock formations and the views of the volcanoes are worth the stop alone. The loos are clean and well maintained - pay your 1 Sol it is only a few cents but keeps the facility there.
There are some alapcas to be seen - you can get up close up and personal - maybe the first alpacas you will see on your trip to Colca - but not your last.
Written October 18, 2019
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Kees69
Arequipa, Peru40 contributions
Upcoming visit
Aug 2019
Next week (31 Au 2019) we plan to take our students there, an annual experience of over 16,000'. The Llamas, Alpacas, y Vicunas are a treat to view grazing openly.
Written August 23, 2019
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mwcw
new mexico770 contributions
Unexpected Beauty
May 2019 • Couples
This scenic reserve is located very close to Arequipq and is definiely worth a visit. The scenery is absolutely beautiful with the glacial capped volcanoes in the distance, one of which was spewing mist and gases. At a pull-off there is a sign identifying the 8 volcanoes that can be observed from that point (16,000ft.)
We saw many vicunas, alpacas and llamas but no guanacos. Despite being an obvious tourist attraction, it was still fun. We passed many wind eroded rock formations that were almost other worldly. The mountainous road is twisty and the accompanying scenery is rather spectacular. It was a great drive and an unexpected pleasure.
Written June 10, 2019
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Kevin Khiest
3 contributions
Hidden jewel outside Arequipa
Apr 2019 • Friends
Who would have thought Arequipa had its salt flats! We saw wildlife, Andean scenery and salt. Beautiful region not far from town
Written May 19, 2019
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GZOOOM
United Kingdom307 contributions
Sumbay Cave Paintings
May 2019 • Couples
Our train journey stopped en route for us to visit the Sumbay Cave Paintings. These paintings were made by the earliest inhabitants of South America and are well preserved. Worth a look if in the area
Written May 10, 2019
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