Day 1: Arequipa City to Colca Canyon Valley We pick you up from your hostel or hotel in Arequipa between 07:30 am and 08:20 am, and depart by bus on your excursion towards the Colca Valley. We drive across Pampa Cañahuas in the Aguada Blanca National Reserve which is home of vicuñas, llamas and alpacas. We also stop at the Mirador de los Andes, the crater of Chucura, and the Mirador de Chivay.
We arrive to Chivay at around 13:00 pm where we will have lunch and check in a basic hotel for the night. Then you have the option to visit the hot springs or simply explore Chivay. Later in the evening, we will meet for dinner and will go to visit a Peruvian folklore show, where you will be encouraged to participate in the dancing and singing! An early night is recommended.
Day 2: Colca Canyon Valley to Condor’s Cross to Arequipa After an early breakfast (06:00 am), we depart to the “Condor’s Cross” from where hopefully we will see the world famous Andean Condor birds flying above us as they rise up from the Canyon. We will take you to different viewpoints of the Canyon to explore and appreciate the sheer size of this incredible canyon. On the way back to Chivay, we stop at the town of Yanque, visit its beautiful church and its characteristic stone streets among other attractions. To have spectacular views of the Colca Valley, we will drive to the observation points of Choquetipo and Artahuilque where you will see pre-Inca tombs and mock ups of the terraces.
After lunch at a local restaurant we return to Arequipa city, arriving at approx. 17:30pm (we drop you off next to Santa Catalina Monastery).
Round trip tourist transportation – private bus so your seat is always reserved.
English speaking trekking guide.
Entrance ticket to Canyon: S/.70 soles – not included in any tour.
Entrance to the Hot Springs: S/.15 soles – Optional.
Lunch in Chivay – Operators will direct you to a buffet restaurant which costs S/.30 soles. That is optional.