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Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve

Arequipa, Peru
+51 959 759 695
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Beautiful but road accesses extremely difficult

We drove from Arequipa to Salinas Huito in April 2017. The roads were in very bad condition. It... read more

Reviewed 2 May 2017
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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... read more

Reviewed 25 October 2016
Ysabelle T
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Arequipa, Peru
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Reviewed 2 May 2017

We drove from Arequipa to Salinas Huito in April 2017. The roads were in very bad condition. It took us 3 hours to get there and then the car (4x4) got stuck in the mud. There was no phone signal to call for help. We...More

Thank AlexandraAlmeida
Reviewed 25 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...More

2  Thank Ysabelle T
Reviewed 27 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

4  Thank werdlerswereld
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...More

3  Thank RobyRoby26
Reviewed 7 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.

5  Thank minimize940314
Reviewed 8 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...More

4  Thank stephandgio_m
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...More

3  Thank DaisyandThyme
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...More

2  Thank Runi G
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.

2  Thank Aromasguy
Reviewed 27 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...More

3  Thank Bill R
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Hi, I'm keen on visiting the Lagunas Salinas as well, but am a little confused - when travelling to Chivay the way is not the same as the actual lagunas that you visited and described so vividly? I'm wondering if you could share how you found the driver - on the spot in Arequipa, or is it possible to arrange this beforehand?
19 August 2015|
Response from Lowyr | Reviewed this property |
Hello thun, Yes that is correct its not the same way. The national park touches the street leading to Chivay but the lakes are further east next to the old street to Arequipa (its a non paved road). We went with... More