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Colca Canyon & Arequipa 3 days / 2 nights

The Colca Canyon is twice deeper than Colorado in the USA, is a colorful Andean Valley with towns founded in Spanish colonial times. The local people still maintain ancestral traditions and continue to cultivate the pre-Inca an-dean terraces.

Colca refers to small granaries of mud and stone, built into the cliffs side with fresh cold air currents these were used in Inca and pre-Inca times to store dehydrated food, such as potatoes, quinoa, corn and other Andean crops.

  • Day 1 Arequipa city: Early pick up in private bus  from your hotel at 7.30 am. heading towards the Valley of the Colca 160 km to chivay. 4 hours towards your first night’s destination. The first stop will be at the National Reserve of Aguada Blanca and Salinas, a place where you can observe the famous vicuñas and volcanoes of Arequipa.
    before approaching the National Reserve of “Pampa Cañahuas”, where our transport will make a short stop to observe the wild Vicuñas in its natural habitat. Moving on we will arrive to “Pata Wasi”, an Andean community at the opposite border of the reserve.

    we will stop at the restaurant, to drink a coca tea, to prevent altitude sickness, continuing on we will observe lakes with migrant birds and get pictures of the “Altiplano” with its Llamas and Guanacos. The highest point of our tour will be “Pata Pampa” 15700 ft. where we’ll observe the volcanoes Ampato, Sabancaya, Hualca-Hualca, Mismi.  When we are getting close to the town of Chivay (12000 ft.) we will start to wonder at the spectacular multicolor view of the terraces of the Colca valley.

    Free time after lunch to visit the market of Chivay, then to hotel, coordinate with the local guide for the time to pick you up the second day of the tour.

    If we are lucky might appreciate Condors returning to their nests. After sunset, we will return to the hotel for dinner.

    Day 2 Colca Canyon: Breakfast very early in the morning to leave for the famous “Cruz del Condor” point an  enjoyable view of the deep of the Canyon and if the weather permits; the majestic flight of the Condors. Continue a short walk near the Canyon (1 hour aprox.) On the way back to Chivay, we will make a stop at the look-out point of “Choquetico” with its hanging tombs. Arrive to Chivay Lunch and free time to explore the town. Return to your hotel

    Day 3 Back to Arequipa: After a early breakfast headed to Arequipa, we will stop for Lunch in Chivay, befeore take the way back to Arequipa, arriving around 5:00 pm. Upon your arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.

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Meals 2 Brekafast, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner
Trasnport, Mini-van private
Accommodation 2 nights hotel***
Entrance fee to all complexes