The Colca canyon in Peru is one of the deepest in the world and home of the majestic condor. Arequipa’s mild climate and altitude (2,300 masl – 7,500 feet) make it the perfect place to acclimatize before continuing the trip to Cusco or Puno. Visits to the Valley of Colca have been introduced relatively recently, in the mid '80s. This is an area of astounding scenic beauty with its canyon 3,400 meters deep, its vast plains surrounded by majestic volcanos ranging from 5,000 to 6,425 meters above sea level and its pre-Hispanic terraces, possibly from
the pre-Inca period. Its flora & fauna, colonial architecture, festivals and beautiful clear skies good for amateur astronomers make this a diverse area & very compelling attraction. The name Colca derives from the Inca practice of storing harvested crops in sealed vaults, which they called 'colcas', carved into the canyon walls. Today the name is synonymous with a rather large bird.
Colca Canyon Tour Itinerary:
Day 01: The tour starts early in the morning from Arequipa with a 5-hour journey to Chivay in the Colca Valley. The route crosses a wide variety of landscapes of great interest, including the National Reserve of Aguada Blanca & Pampa Cañahuas, natural habitat of the vicuñas, alpacas, llamas and more than a hundred bird species. Arriving to Chivay in the afternoon, tourists may take a relaxing bath in La Calera hot springs, in showers & pools at 3,650 meters above sea level. Night at the Colca Valley which has a peaceful enchantment surrounded by mighty volcanos, pure skies, domain of the condors and the towering "andenes" used since the VI century (Lunch & Dinner).
Day 02: The next morning, the excursion enhances itself at the watchpoint called "Cruz del Condor", on the edge of the deep canyon, looking for the magnificent flight of the condors, huge and elegant Andean birds. Along the valley, the tour visits the villages of Pinchollo, Maca, Achoma & Yanque. This attractive region, inhabited by the proud Collaguas ethnic group, combines pre-Inca traditions & colonial culture, it is outstanding their artistic temples, agriculture technology developments & colorful textiles. On the way back to Arequipa, an admiration for the valley's harmonious landscape and ancient culture is shown. In the afternoon, we return to Arequipa (Breakfast and Lunch).
OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:
- All the transportation.
- Guide in Spanish/English.
- One hotel night in Chivay.
- Food: 1B/2L/1D.
- Transfer from your hotel in Arequipa.
- Entrance fee to Colca Canyon.
IT'S NOT INCLUDED: Not included the hot spring in Chivay (10 soles).
DEPARTURES: Every day.