Classic Colca Canyon Tour 2 Days/ 1 Night

  • Destination: Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Peru
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Price per person: $120

Price is based on two people.
Single person pays +US$ 40

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The Colca Valley is an area of astonishing scenic beauty! The giant Andean terraces, the volcanoes of Arequipa and the deep canyon (with a depth of 3140 m) garantize you a journey full of amazement – apart from the highlight of observing the majestic Condor!

Colca Canyon is the great canyon of the Colca River in Southern Peru. It is located about 160 km (100 miles) northwest of Arequipa. Along the way, you will see herds of Vicuñas (a wild relative of Llamas and Alpacas) as well as various types of birds like the giant hummingbird, eagles, gooses and the mighty Andean Condor.
If you like adventure tours, the Colca Canyon also offers wonderful treks down to its bottom, descending throughout huge mountains, exploring oasis-like valleys, thermal springs and camping.

This tour starts from Arequipa!

Itinerary

Day 1

Arequipa – Chivay

Your journey starts around 07:30 am, when a private bus picks you up from your hotel. We start heading towards the small town Chivay, which is a 4-hour-ride through beautiful Colca Valley. On our way, we stop at the National Reserve of Aguada Blanca and Salinas, a place where you can observe the famous Vicuñas as well as all of the three great volcanoes of Arequipa: Misti, Chachani and Pichu Pichu.
The second stop will be at the National Reserve of “Pampa Cañahuas”, where we take a short break to observe the wild Vicuñas (one of the 4 types of American camels) in its natural habitat at about 3400 m.o.s.l. Continuing our journey, we will arrive to “Pata Wasi”, an Andean community at the opposite border of the reserve where we will have the opportunity to use the bathrooms and to drink the famous coca tea which will help you to prevent altitude sickness.

From here we will pass “Tocra”, a high plain at 4500 meters, where we will observe migrant birds at stunning lakes and get pictures of the “Antiplano” with its Llamas and Guanacos. The highest point of our tour will be “Pata Pampa” at 4820 meters, from where we can observe the volcanoes Ampato, Sabancaya, Hualca-Hualca, Misti (the source of the Amazon River) and the “Cordillera Chila”. Getting close to the town of Chivay, we will enjoy some spectacular views of the multicolored terraces of the Colca valley.

Arriving at Chivay, we will have lunch first and then you will have some free time to visit the local market. Afterwards, we bring you to the hotel Mamayachi where you have some time to relax before joining a 30-minutes-walk to the Hot Springs. Here you can enjoy the warm natural waters (35°C/ 95ºF) in a nice outdoor surrounding of the huge mountains, the river and even some local animals. After sunset, we return to the hotel and have dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel Mamayacchi

Day 2

The second day of our adventure, we will have breakfast very early in the morning and leave to the famous “Cruz del Condor”. Arriving there, we have plenty of time to enjoy the great view of the deep canyon and (if the weather permits) of the majestic Condor in its natural habitat.

After some time, our guide will take you for a short walk near the Canyon (aprox. 1 hour). On our way back to Chivay we’re going to visit the traditional village of Pinchollo and the “Antahuilque viewpoint” where we can gaze at the wonderful 1500 year old terraces constructed by the Collaguas, an ancient culture before the Inca’s time. We will also make a small stop at the look-out point of “Choquetico” with its hanging tombs. Then, we continue our trip to the small Andean community Maca and the village of Yanque with the most beautiful church in the whole valley.

We will stop for Lunch in Chivay before taking the way back to Arequipa. Arriving there around 05:00 pm, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Included:
  • Pick up from your hotel in Arequipa
  • Local cell phone
  • 24-hour-support from company owner
  • Private Transport
  • English speaking guide
  • Accommodation in Hotel Mamayacchi with breakfast
  • (Option to Up-grade your accommodation in Chivay with Colca Lodge, Casa Andina or Pozo del Cielo)
Not Included:
  • S./70 Soles tourist entry ticket to the Colca Valley
  • Meals: 2 lunches, 1 dinner
  • S./15 Soles entry ticket to the hot spring thermal baths)
  • Insurance of any kind
Recommendations, what to bring:
  • Warm clothing for the night and early morning
  • Sturdy shoes
  • A small backpack
  • Camera and recharger
  • Water
  • Sun block
  • Rain jacket
  • Sunglasses, sun hat
  • Swimming suit
  • Money for souvenirs and drinks
  • Travel towel, sandals
  • Flash light, batteries
What we need when you make a reservation:
  • Full name as it is written in your passport (please include a copy of your passport)
  • Passport number
  • Nationality
  • Date of birth
  • Tour departure date
  • Send a deposit of 60% of the total price of your tour. (The remainder of your balance will be due upon your arrival in Cusco.) Payment may be made via *Western UnionPayPalABN AMRO Bank in Holland or securely and directly through our website by choosing your desired tour and clicking on the BOOK NOW button.

Price is US$ 120 per person.
Price is based on two people.
Single person pays +US$ 40

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Terms and Conditions

 

Upon request, with each booked tour with Green Peru Adventures, you will receive a free walking tour of the mysterious and historic city of Cusco. You will be guided by one of our multilingual, professional guides.

We are looking forward to create an unforgettable experience for you.