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Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve

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Address: Arequipa, Peru
Phone Number: 51959759695
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I went with a friend and we were very lucky to find this great guide Julio. He took us on a 4x4 in many places including teh salinas and the National reserve. What an amazing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
RobyRoby26
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I went with a friend and we were very lucky to find this great guide Julio. He took us on a 4x4 in many places including teh salinas and the National reserve. What an amazing place. Nobody was around, so peaceful..such a magic atmosphere. You should not miss it if you are in Arequipa.

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Torrance, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

Where you can see a lot of vicunas! They are very cute animals. Puno - Chivay route or Puno - Arequipa route tourist buses will stop at this point.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

Much of the route from Arequipa to Colca winds through the Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve. It’s definitely worth taking the time to stop a few times en route as it’s breathtakingly beautiful. There’s also lots of opportunities for photos of llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015 via mobile

I heard about Laguna de las Salinas in the Lonely Planet and immediately added to my list of places to visit in Arequipa! As I was travelling on my own and there is no organised tours I had to book a private one, it was expensive but totally worth it! This place is breathtaking, one of the most beautiful places... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

If you're heading to Colca, you'll spend a few hours driving through this beautiful reserve. The bucolic plains with the backdrop of the imposing volcanoes and bizarre rock formations are beautiful and relaxing but stay alert for the inevitable vicuña and alpaca sightings! The alpaca and llama are domesticated so there are plenty of opportunities for you to take some... More 

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Aromas CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We hired a guide and 4x4 and drove up from the South side. It is a long ride up a twisting narrow and dusty road, dodging mining trucks. The lake area itself is beautiful, otherworldly. Flamingos, cameloids galore. A worthwhile day trip from Arequipa.

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

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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Ithaca, New York
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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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Massachusetts
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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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