Colca canyon Classic – 3 days
- Pampa Cañahuas national Reserve
- Patapampa (4,820 meters)
- Town of Chivay
- Town of Coporaque
- Visit the hot springs
- Shared a half day with a local family
- Cruz del Condor view point
- Short hikes during the tour
- Town of Yanque.
Departures: Every day
Type : Regular with a Group.
Additional service: Transfer to or pick up from Puno city on Lake Titicaca can be added to program (this service have an extra charge)
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We will depart at 7:30 am from Arequipa, driving 160 km to the town of Chivay, capital of the Province of Caylloma. At the beginning of our excursion we will enjoy the majestic views of the Misti, Chachani and PichuPichu volcanoes before approaching the National Reserve of Salinas y Aguada Blanca, 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 4,000 meters above sea level. Moving on we will arrive to Alto Sumbay, an Andean community at the opposite border of the reserve. Here you might enjoy the natural formation of rocks and the view to the backside of the Misti and Chachani volcanoes. To prevent altitude sickness we will have an original Andean Mate de Coca drink or another hot drink in a rustic restaurant (service of bathrooms are here available). Continuing on the road we will pass Tocra, a high plain at more than 4,400 meters, where we will observe lakes with wild birds and get pictures of the Antiplano with its llamas and alpacas. The highest point of our tour will be Pata Pampa (Pata=high, Pampa=land) located at 4,910 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. We keep our drive until Coporaque town and visit the Lodge La Casa de Mamayacchi, where we will have our lunch (cost of lunch is not included in program). After lunch your guide will invite you to a short walk through Coporaque and its surroundings (this walk takes around 1 hour and is optional).
We’ll come back to our transportation and visit a natural “hot springs” , where we will enjoy a relaxing bath (entrance fees and personal towels to the baths are not included). After this exciting day we will bring you to your hotel or lodge.
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; majestic pictures of the 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 we’re going to visit the traditional village of Pinchollo and the Antahuilque viewpoint, where wonderful 1,500 year old terraces, 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 our visits 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 and free time to explore the town. Return to your lodge. 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.
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. Please note: Local people do not speak English, so be prepared to use at least some Spanish words along with your hands. Lunch in Chivay town (not included in your program).
After Lunch we will return to Arequipa city.
Option extra: Transfer from Chivay to Puno city on Lake Titicaca. (Additional cost)
The program includes:
- Tourist transportation ( not older then 5 years).
- English guide (1st, 2nd day).
- Selected accommodation + Breakfast buffet.
- ½ day experience with a villager (3rd day)
- Assistance 24/7.
The Program does not include:
- Tourist ticket to the Colca valley. (About $19 per person)
- Excursions not mentioned in detailed program.
- Meals (lunch and dinner)
- Entrances to hot Springs & towels
- Tips,beverages and/or other extras.
Extra service: Transfer to or pick up from Puno on Lake Titicaca can be added to the program (extra charge).