This especial Colca Canyon program involves a journey throughout the Altiplano leaving from the city Arequipa to the kingdom of the condors in the Colca valley than to the Altiplano again to the city of Puno. During this trip you will be able to see great Andean scenery and gorgeous views of the volcanoes of Arequipa adorned by Alpacas and vicu as in the foreground.
You will visit the famous lookout point “Cruz del Condor” in the Colca Canyon, an observation platform from which you have the possibility to see the majestic flight of the Andean Condor in its natural habitat. On our journey, we include the visit of some of the small communities located on the route, as well as a visit to the greatest Hot Springs of Peru – a fantastic natural place where you can relax after exploring the great Colca Canyon.
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
Chivay – Puno
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 of the whole valley.
We will stop for Lunch in Chivay before hitting the road in direction to Puno, crossing amazing sceneries of the Altiplano and leaving behind the gorgeous scenery of the Colca Canyon. On our way, we continue ascending a small road until we reach the highest point of our trip, the lookout point of the Andes (4800 m/15,748 ft). At the very top, we will get off of the bus for a few minutes and enjoy the stunning landscape with the great volcanoes including Mismi, Misti, Chachani, Sabancaya (active) and Ampato.
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Note: Please do not give candies or lollies to the kids that you might meet on the road or the kids who take care of the llamas and alpacas. They really appreciate oranges and other fruits as it is impossible to grow these in the altitude. As well, it will contribute to their (dental) health and their environment.
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Price US$ 160 per person, based on two people.
Single person pays +US$ 40.
Children under 12 years get a discount of 30% on the Tour.
Exclusive international transaction fees: The amount of the extra transaction fees depends on how the payment is made and on your bank. For further information please don’t hesitate to ask.
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.