Get a sense for the rich history and stunning scenery near Arequipa during this 4-hour, small-group, excursion. Travel with a guide and no more than 15 other guests, discovering the stunning landscape of the Chilina Valley and the towering Misti volcano in the distance. You’ll tour the 18th-century stone mill of Sabandia and visit the La Mansion del Fundador, one of the most iconic mansions in the region, before ending your day at the ‘Iron Bridge,’ designed by famed architect Gustave Eiffel. Benefit from a guide and round-trip transport (including hotel pickup, but not hotel drop-off) too.
Discover the countryside near Arequipa on this small-group trip
Admire the stunning landscape of the Chilina Valley, punctuated by the towering Misti volcano
Explore the 18th-century stone mill of Sabandia
Visit La Mansion del Fundador, illustrating the typical style of the residences enjoyed by Arequipa's elites
Soak up the city views and nearby volcanoes visible from the 'Mirador de Sachaca'
Small group trip is limited to no more than 15 guests
Its a rip off! You dont get what you booked. It clearly says small group but I was cramped with 20 plus more people in a open deck bus. The sites we visited are not the ones described on the tour. You can book the same tour cheaper directly at the Plaza de Armas.
For those who have never been to Arequipa and also want to get a sense of its location in the countryside, this tour is very good, especially for the price. It does stop at several well-know locations for vistas or to sample a local drink specialty. However, the one stop that is at a church for 360 degree vistas entails a good set of stairs to climb so if your knees are not so good, like mine, you may not bother with this vista. But I really did enjoy going about the La Mansion del Fundador. This is a well-preserved historic hacienda related to the founding of Arequipa and has barrel-vaulted ceilings, lots of old artwork and especially for me some very nice gardens. In addition, I enjoyed simply the opportunity to get outside of Arequipa and see a bit of the countryside, with a guide if I wished to ask questions. They also drop you off at the main plaza, a good location for further activities or a meal. Unfortunately they said they were going to visit the Mill, but I don't think we did. However, well-worth the cost and time.
This tour gives you a feel for the area around Arequipa, and there are some great viewpoints. Our guide was very sweet, but did not seem to know much about the Mansion, which was a shame, as it is a beautiful place.
The Mirabus tour was replaced by a car tour since supposedly we were the only people to sign up that day for morning tour. On Saturday? It sounds strange, especially since we saw other Mirabuses on the street. We were optimistic, since we expected the same program, but in a car, however a guide it took more than an hour, from 9:00 to 10:30 to pick up her had other ideas, and despite our references to original program did a shortened version and finished the tour by 12:00 noon, instead of 14:00. The tour was supposed to be in English, but the guide spoke Spanish and French, mostly. Okay, we enjoyed a nice couple hours in the country side, but it was definitely not what we expected. Could have taken a cab for less.