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Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve

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Address: Arequipa, Peru
Phone Number: +51 959 759 695
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Beautiful place, few tourists! Must see

It's of the beaten track, so it's a bit more expensive! Take a tour/car to this lake, it's beautiful! A lot of llama's en alpaca's, no tourist and a nice view. It's 2 hour drive... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 October 2016
Ysabelle T
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

It's of the beaten track, so it's a bit more expensive! Take a tour/car to this lake, it's beautiful! A lot of llama's en alpaca's, no tourist and a nice view. It's 2 hour drive, and you can mountainbike on the way down (if you like, you don't have to do this!)

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

We went to Colca by way of this national park and its a great trip taking you to a high of 4.900 meters and offering views of active vulcanoes and other Andes summits and the elusive vicunas

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 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 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 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 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 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 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 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 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 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 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 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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