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COLCA CANYON (2 DAYS)

Colca

The Colca Canyon is located in the northeastern region of Arequipa,165 kilometers from the city of Arequipa and Chivay 40 km from main town and capital of the province of Caylloma. It is more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the United States 4,160 m.

Throughout the region, you can see colorful pre-Incan agricultural terraces still used today for growing quinoa, corn, barley, and wheat. During the pre-Hispanic era, the department was inhabited by the Collaguas and the Cabanas; today, the inhabitants have learned to conserve their Colonial churches in Yanque, Lari, and Madrigal, and they continue to wear their traditional clothing. Colca Canyon is home to animals such as the Andean condor among other 100 species of birds, four types of camelids: vicuna, guanaco, llama and alpaca. In addition there are over 300 species of plants, of which 30 are cactus, not to mention the original green yareta.

 

Itinerary

DAY 1. AREQUIPA – CHIVAY

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 “Pampa Cañahuas”, 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 3,400 meters above sea level. Moving on we will arrive to “Pata Wasi” 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 on the road,
Continuing on the road we will pass “Tocra”, a high plain at more than 4,500 meters, where we will observe lakes with migrant birds and get pictures of the “Antiplano” with its Llamas and Guanacos. The highest point of our tour will be “Pata Pampa” located at 4,820 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 Chivay where we will have our lunch
After lunch your guide will invite you to a short walk through and visit a natural “hot springs” , where we will enjoy a relaxing bath. After this exciting day we will bring you to your hotel or lodge

DAY 2. CRUZ DEL CONDOR – CHIVAY.
We’ll have our breakfast very early in the morning and leave to the famous “Cruz del Condor” point. Arrive to to view point 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.
On the way back to Chivay we’re going to visit the traditional village of Pinchollo and the “Antahuilque viewpoint”, where wonderful 1,500 year old terraces, constructed by the Collaguas, a culture well before the Incas’ time, 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 visiting Maca, an Andean community that experienced an earthquake in November of 1991 and the village and Yanque, featuring beautiful colonial churches, as well as the viewpoints of Antahuilque and Choquetico, where we observe the impressive valley terraces, and pre-Inca tombs. Lunch. Return to Arequipa city. Arrival in Arequipa

Included / Not Included

What is Included? What is not included?
  • Pick Up from Your Hotel
  • Professional Guide English/Spanish
  • Round-Trip Transport
  • Meals
  • Entrance fee
  • 01 night accommodation in Chivay
  • Extras
  • Tips

Price

Group Services: Private Service:
Price: $. 79  per person To Open A New “Fixed Departures Date In A Private Service”
We only need 2 paxs