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!
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.
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
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.
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Price is US$ 120 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.