Departures: Daily and private tours upon request
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, You 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 your trip you will arrive to“Pata Wasi”(Pata=high Wasi=home), here you 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.
Your 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 your visit to Tocra you 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).
Your 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, visiting the indian market, hiking along the Colca river or join the tour guide to visit the 37 degrees Hotsprings pools 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.
You will leave the hotel in Chivay at 6:30am in our comfortable transport towards the highest part of the Canyon, known as the Cross of Condor. This is where the Andean Condor, one of 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. You will remain here for 1 hour or you will have the option of join your tour guide for a short hike to the edge of the canyon (45m mild hike). You will then meet your transport and make your trip back to Chivay making some unique stops to take memorable photos of the Colca Canyon with its outstanding pre-Inca terraces along the valley. You will arrive to Chivay for lunch,then you will continue your trip back to Arequipa city. Our estimated time of arrival in Arequipa will be 5pm.
The program includes:
- Comfortable and modern tourist transportation
- Professional bilingual tour guide (English/Spanish)
- 1 Breakfast
- 1 night hotel (different rates and categories)
Does not include:
- 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner
- Entrance fee to the cross of condor and Colca National Park S/. 70.00 Peruvian Sol.
- Entrance fee to hotsprings pools S/. 15.00 Peruvian Sol. (optional)
Tips: We recommend you bring: Warm clothing, swimwear, sunblock, hat and a towel.