Traditional Tour Colca Canyon 3 Days 2 Nights

  • Destination: Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Peru
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Price per person: $180

Price is based on two people.
single person pays US$ 40 plus

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Colca Canyon is a canyon of the Colca River in southern Peru. It is located about 100 miles (160 kilometers) northwest of Arequipa. It is more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the United States at 4,160 m., and it is promoted as the “world’s deepest canyon,” although the canyon’s walls are not as vertical as those of the Grand Canyon.

The Colca Valley is a colorful Andean Valley with towns founded in Spanish colonial times, and still inhabited by people of the Collaguas and the Cabanas cultures. The local people still maintain ancestral traditions and continue to cultivate the pre-Inca stepped terraces.

The name Colca refers to small granaries of mud and stone, built into the cliffs in the valley and canyon. These repositories were used in Inca and pre-Inca times to store food, such as potatoes, quinoa, and other Andean crops. They were also used as tombs for important people.

Itinerary

Day 1

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.
before approaching the National Reserve of “Pampa Cañahuas”, where our transportation will make a short stop to observe the wild Vicuñas (one of the 4 types of American camels) in its natural habitat. At this point we will be about 3,400 meters above sea level. Moving on we will arrive to “Pata Wasi” (Pata=high Wasi=home), an Andean community at the opposite border of the reserve.

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

Day 2

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.

Arrive in Chivay Lucnh and free time to explore the town.
Return to your hotel

The rest of the day is free for personal activities such as hiking, horses ride or biking, they are not include in program but on request they can be also organized.

Accommodation: Hotel Mamayacchi

Day 3

After a early breakfast at your hotel a Coporaque villager will take you to his home and will plan together with you the work to be done this morning. We cannot exactly define what this day will look like as it depends on the season and weekday. However, the normal activities run -among others- from support in the fields, herding animals, the preparation of land for sowing, or harvesting.
Around mid-day your host will accompany you on your way back to your hotel to pick up your luggage and then continue towards Chivay.

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.

Included:
 

  • Pick up from your Hotel in Arequipa
  • Local cell phone
  • 24 hour support from company owner
  • Private Transport
  • English speaking guide
  • Accommodation inHotel Mamayacchi with breakfast
  • (Option to Up-grade your Accommodation in Chivay with Colca Lodge, Casa Andina or Pozo del Cielo)
Not Included:
  • US$ 26 Tourist Entry Ticket to the Colca Valley
  • Meals 3 lunches, 2 Dinner
  • US$ 6 Entry to the Hot springs thermal baths
We recommend that you bring the following:
  • Warm clothes for the night and early morning.
  • Sturdy shoes
  • A small day pack
  • Camera and recharger
  • Water to drink
  • Sun block
  • Rainjacket in case
  • Sunglasses, sun hat
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Swimming suit
  • Money for souvenirs and drinks
  • Travel towel, sandals
  • Flash light, batteries
What do we need when you make a reservation:
  • Full name as it is written in your passport
  • Passport number
  • Nationality
  • Date of birth
  • Departing date for the tour
  • 60% deposit of the tour´s price by booking online, western union, PayPal, ABN AMRO bank in Holland, the remind balance is paid at our office in Cusco.

Price per person: $180

Price is based on two people

Price is based on two people.
single person pays US$ 40 plus

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