Colca Canyon: 4 Days / 3 Nights

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The Colca Valley, River and Canyon are located just a few hours north of the city of Arequipa. On the way, we´ll be able to see interesting natural landscapes, condors, llamas, alpacas, guanacos, vicuñas and vizcachas. The Collaguas; the region´s ancient inhabitants who lived there before the Incan Empire, have left traces of their presence, which can be seen through their architectural remains, petrogliphs and caves where they stored their cereals. On the banks of the Colca River, there are fourteen 16th century Spanish colonial style villages, with their traditional celebrations and profusely ornamented churches, all preserved, as if time had stopped there. In Chivay, a natural vantage point, from where one can see the condors flying in their natural habitat, as well as two volcanoes called Ampato and Coropuna stand out. That area of the Colca Valley is propitious for adventure sports and treks, since it is the world´s deepest canyon and the habitat of the great South American condor.

ITINERARY:

DAY 1: AREQUIPA (ARRIVAL)

Valle del ColcaReception, transfer to your hotel and free time for other activities.

DAY 2: AREQUIPA - COLCA CANYON

In the morning, we´ll go to the Colca Canyon, passing by the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve, observing Andean animals such as vicuñas, alpacas and llamas. Then, we´ll go on to Tocra Pampa, seeing typical birds of that area. We´ll also contemplate the snow-covered peaks of Huarancante and the Chucura volcano. Later on, we´ll get to the Patapampa Mountain Pass, where we´ll see the volcanic range of the Ampato, Sabancaya, Hualca Hualca and Mismi. Afterwards, we´ll go down to Chivay, from where we´ll have a magnificent panoramic view over the region´s beautiful and typical landscapes. In the afternoon, we´ll visit the thermo-medicinal baths of La Calera, where we´ll enjoy a refreshing bath. Dinner and overnight stay at an inn, in Chivay.

DAY 3: CHIVAY - CRUZ DEL CÓNDOR - AREQUIPA

Condor en el Valle del ColcaVery early, we´ll set off to the Cruz del Cóndor´s Vantage Point, passing by the villages of Yanque and Maca, where we´ll see the colonial churches and the inhabitants with their typical clothes. As we´ll go by the vantage points of Choquetico and Antahuilque, we´ll observe stone carved scale models and tombs made of stone. Later on, we´ll get to the Cruz del Cóndor´s Vantage Point, where we´ll contemplate the condors´ flight (if the weather allows). Then, we´ll go back to Arequipa, stopping at the Wayra Punko Vantage Point, where we´ll appreciate the Pre-Incan benched terraces of the Collaguas ethnic group. Afterwards, we´ll have lunch in Chivay and will finally get back to the city of Arequipa. Transfer to your hotel to spend the night.

DAY 4: AREQUIPA (DEPARTURE)

Valle del ColcaBreakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport and/or bus station.

INCLUDES:

  • Transfers and transportation
  • Professional guide
  • Food
  • Entrance fees
  • Accommodation with breakfast 2nd day.

DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Breakfast 1st day
  • Dinner 1st, 3rd and 4th day
  • Lunch 1st and 4th day.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

  • Photo and/or video camera with spare film and batteries
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Personal care kit
  • Sufficient changes of clothes: Light and warm
  • Hat or cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Passport and valid student ID (not over 25 years of age)
  • Trekking shoes
  • Water for the first day.
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