Colca

Classic Colca by Bus and Oasis Trek

Duration: 3days/2nights
Departures: Daily and private tours available upon request.
Accommodation: Private or sharing huts, available on request.

Day 1

Today your tour guide will pick you up at 7:30am, you will drive alongside 160 km of beautiful landscape, full of flora and fauna until the town of Chivay, capital of the Colca Valley. This route features majestic views of the three volcanoes known as Misti, Chachani and PichuPichu, We will stop at the National Reserve of“Pampa Cañahuas” located at 3400m above sea level, where you can observe the wild Vicuñas in its natural habitat, this a great chance for a one in a life time holiday photo. Continuing our trip we will arrive to“Pata Wasi”(Pata=high Wasi=home),
Here we will have the opportunity to taste the famous coca tea, and many other infusions; this will help to prevent any altitude sickness you may experience

Our trip continues with a visit to a place called Tocra. Tocra has rich lakes and grass that provides food to a unique collection of migratory birds and hundreds of Llamas and Alpacas. The culture of Tocra shines through with its typical Andean colours on display. Following our visit to Tocra we travel to Pata Pampa”(Pata=high, Pampa=land), located at 4910m above sea level, a great viewpoint of Peru’s astonishing mountain rage as well as giant volcanos such as Ampato, Sabancaya, Mismi(the source of the Amazon River).

Our next stop will be the village of Chivay, the capital of the Colca Valley, where you have the opportunity to enjoy many different  types of Peruvian cuisine(Lunch is not included). Following lunch we will drop you off at your hotel. You then have the chance to explore the town and surroundings at your leisure. We thoroughly recommend: Exploring the village, hiking along the Colca river or join the tour guide to visit the 37 degrees Hotspring “La Calera” located next to the Colca river(Changing rooms, a locker area as well as a small cultural museum is available here).  Folkloric dancing shows take place at restaurants while you are enjoying your evening meal.

Day 2

You will leave the hotel in Chivay at 6:30am in our comfortable transportation towards the highest part of the Canyon, known as the Cross of Condor. This is where the Andean Condor, the world’s largest flying bird offers a truly breath taking show for all visitors, it is important to be as early as possible in order not to miss the spectacular nature show. We will remain here for 1 hour and then you will drive for 30 minutes to the village of Cabanaconde, where your local experienced guide will wait for you and take you on your hiking adventure to the Oasis of Colca Canyon. Today’s hiking trail feature astonishing views of the canyon walls and scenic views of Peru’s mountain range. The descending hike will take about two and a half hours until Oasis “Sangalle”. This is considered a place to relax; here you will enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by your tour guide and have the opportunity to enjoy its entire green relaxing environment and natural spring pools right at the bottom of the canyon. Here you will have the afternoon to enjoy at your leisure and spend your second night in huts.

Day 3

In order to avoid hiking under the hard morning sun your day will start at 4am. You will take a steep trail for approx. 3 hours to the village of Cabanaconde, breakfast will be provided here. You will then meet our private transportation and make our trip back to Chivay. We will make some stops along the way, one to the Cross of condor and unique picture viewpoints of the Colca Canyon with its outstanding pre-Inca terraces along the valley. We will arrive to Chivay for lunch, here you will have the chance to visit the Indian market or relax at the famous hot springs “La Calera” before travelling to back Arequipa city. Our estimated time of arrival in Arequipa will be 5pm.

The program includes:

  • Private Transportation
  • Official experienced bilingual tour guide
  • Accommodation First night Hotel in Chivay village, Second night Huts Oasis (private and sharing rooms, upon request)
  • Breakfast hotel in Chivay village.
  • All meals during the trekking including the last breakfast.(Vegetarian option, available on request)

Does not include:

  • Meals in Chivay village
  • Entrance fee to the cross of condor and Colca National Park S/. 70.00 Peruvian Nuevo Sol.
  • Entrance fee to Calera hotsprings S/. 15.00 Peruvian Nuevo Sol.

We recommend you bring: Hiking shoes, flashlight, sunblock, water (water is available to buy in each village, however it will be at a higher price), hat, swimwear and towel, comfortable backpack, you don’t require a sleeping bag.

We are registered under the Peruvian law of paying public business tax. We RUC No.20498124934

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