The Colca Valley is an area of astounding scenic beauty, with giant Andean terraces and a deep canyon that reaches a depth of 3140 meters. A journey to the Colca Valley will take you through high Andean plateau, reaching the highest point pass of 4910 metres, which offers fine views of the Volcanoes of Arequipa area.
Along the way visitors can see herds of Vicus (a wild relative of Llamas and Alpacas) and various types of birds, of which stand out the giant hummingbird, eagles, gooses and the mighty Andean Condor. If you like adventure tours, the Canyon also offers wonderful treks down to its bottom, descending throughout huge mountains, exploring oasis-like valleys, thermal springs, and camping outdoors.Colca Canyon is a canyon of the Colca River in southern Peru. It is located about 100 miles (160 kilometers) northwest of Arequipa.
This tour starts from Arequipa!
Arequipa – Chivay
A private bus picks you up from your hotel around 7.30 am. The bus takes you on the road to Yura heading towards the Valley of the Colca 160 km to chivay. You will travel along this road, for 4 hours towards your first night’s destination. The 4 hours trip is not direct, but does go through some of the local area’s most important places. The first stop will be at the National Reserve of Aguada Blanca and Salinas, a place where you can observe the famous vicuñas and the other side of the volcanoes of Arequipa as Misti, Chachani and PichuPichu.
we will stop at the restaurant El Chino, where you can use the bathrooms, drink a coca tea, to prevent altitude sickness from where you can appreciate the ”stone wood” formations.
Continuing on the road we will pass “Tocra”, a high plain at more than 4,500 meters, where we will observe lakes with migrant birds and get pictures of the “Antiplano” with its Llamas and Guanacos. The highest point of our tour will be “Pata Pampa” (Pata=high, Pampa=land) located at 4,820 meters, where we’ll observe the volcanoes Ampato, Sabancaya, Hualca-Hualca, Mismi (the source of the Amazon River), and the “Cordillera de Chila”. When we are getting close to the town of Chivay (3,651 meters) we will start to wonder at the spectacular multicolor view of the terraces of the Colca valley.
You have some free time after lunch to visit the market of Chivay, than we will ride to the hotel Mamyachi (if you go to Colca lodge hotel after lunch and enjoy its hot pool, coordinate with the local guide for the time to pick you up the second day for the rest of the tour)
You will have time to relax before joining a short walk to the Hot springs, 30 minutes from hotel. this hots springs are one of the best hot springs in Peru, you can enjoy the warm natural water, (35 °C / 95 ºF), a nice pool outdoors surrounded by huge mountains and if you are lucky you can see some Condors returning to their nests. After sunset, we will return to the hotel, where you can order your dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel Mamayacchi
We will have our breakfast very early in the morning and leave to the famous “Cruz del Condor” point. Arrive to “Cruz del Condor” and time enough to have an enjoyable view of the deep of the Canyon and if the weather permits; the majestic flight of the Condors.
After a coordinated time, our guide will take you for a short walk near the Canyon (1 hour aprox.) On the way back to Chivay we’re going to visit the traditional village of Pinchollo and the “Antahuilque viewpoint”, where wonderful 1,500 year old terraces, constructed by the Collaguas, a culture well before the Incas’ time, can be observed. We also will make a stop at the look-out point of “Choquetico” with its hanging tombs “Tumbas colgantes“, and take a look to the litomaqueta, a model of the canyon terraces carved in a rock. We will continue visiting Maca, an Andean community that experienced an earthquake in November of 1991 and the village of Yanque with the most beautiful church in the valley.
We will stop for Lunch in Chivay, befeore take the way back to Arequipa, arriving around 5:00 pm. Upon your arrival you will be transferred to your hotel in Arequipa.
Note: Please do not give candies or lollies to the kids on the islands. They really appreciate oranges and other fruit as it is impossible to grow on the islands in these altitudes and it will save their teeth and their environment.
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Price US$ 120 per person
Price is based on two people.
single person pays US$ 40 plus
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