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Colca Canyon

Colca Canyon

Arequipa3 Days / 2 NightsAdventure

The Colca Canyon is a must for all travelers visiting Arequipa. During these four days, you will be able to observe an authentic Andean landscape surrounded by volcanoes, alpacas, small towns where its inhabitants wear colorful traditional costumes and, of course, the immense Colca Canyon, famous for this point view «Mirador Cruz del Condor», from where we can appreciate this amazing bird. You will also have the opportunity to visit other interesting places such as Pata Wasi, Coporaque and Chivay among others, thus discovering the Andean culture.

Take an amazing journey to the deepest canyon in the world Colca, Peru. Travel from Arequipa along the winding road ascending gradually to the highest point of el Mirador de los Andes 4910MASL. Descend towards the Colca valley, admire its fertile area filled of pre-Inca terraces keep moving along the dirty road where there a lot of Andean communities with typical traditions and believes. Take time to enjoy the canyon of Colca, the deepest in the world, and admire the majestic flight of the largest bird in the world Condor. Finally start hiking into the deepest site of this natural wonder. Live it this unforgettable experience to Colca.

  • Day 01: Arequipa
  • Day 02: Colca
  • Day 03: Colca – Arequipa
  • Day 04: Colca – Puno

Itinerary

Day 01: Arequipa

  • Arrival to Arequipa and transfer. City tour; visiting the Santa Catalina Convent, the most important in Peru, a walled citadel of more than 20,000m2, which for four centuries served as the only physical world for several generations of Cloistered nuns.
  • During the city tour you will visit the Church Cloisters of the Company, a tremendous collection of Domes, Arches, which can all be found in its galleries and Alters.
  • Other places of interest are the Main Square, the Complex of San Francisco, which is comprised of a public square, two temples (the Church of San Francisco and the Temple of the Third Order), a convent and the Fierro Foundation (where there is a museum and a handicraft market). The Cathedral, located in the main square which was destroyed by fire in 1844 and restored in 1868 by Arequipa-native Lucas Poblete in Neo-renaissance style with French influence, and it is considered to be one of the biggest in South America.
  • Finally, the Spanish Colonial district of Yanahuara, 2 km from the city’s centre, consisting of narrow cobblestone streets and old white volcanic stone houses. From the viewpoint there is a magnificent view of the city of its three volcanoes: Misti, Chachani and Pichu Pichu.
  • Transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Colca

  • Breakfast and departure to the “Cruz del Cóndor viewpoint”, the most strategic area to see the flight of the condors’. Latter you will visit the Colca Valley the Tapay viewpoint, the pre-Inca tombs and stop in the villages of Pinchollo, Maca and Yanque. Return and overnight in hotel.In the afternoon, visit the village of Chivay or enjoy La Calera thermo-medicinal baths for those overnighting in the village of Chivay (Kolping and Casa Andina). If you are overnighting in the Colca Lodge which is outside Chivay, the lodge has its own Hot Springs.
  • Transfer to hotel.

Day 03: Colca – Arequipa

  • Breakfast. Morning free and departure to Arequipa, passing by the Andean viewpoint and the highway of Chucura.
  • Transfer to airport.

Day 04: Colca – Puno

  • Afternoon departure to Puno, passing by Lagunillas, where you will see typical flora of the area, wild birds, sheep, vicuña and llama, with the ever impressive Andean Mountains Range.
  • Arrival to Puno at the end of the day. 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Services not specified in the programme, extras and tips.
  • National flights to / from Arequipa.

WHAT TO BRING IN THE EXCURSION

  • As it is a trip at high altitudes the climate is usually cool to cold and the sun affects the skin stronger than normal, so we recommend to bring:
  • Passport
  • Warm clothing
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Comfortable shoes (if possible hiking shoes)
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Raincoat
  • Medication to avoid altitude sickness (in case you consider it necessary)
  • Cap or hat
  • Sandals / flip flops
  • Bathing suit and towel for hot springs
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