One of the deepest canyons in the world (twice as deep as the Grand Canyon), Colca Canyon is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Peru. Offering one of the best chances to view wild condors in the world and magnificent Andean scenery a visit to Colca Canyon is a must on any visitor to Peru's checklist. Whilst a day trip is a long day with an early start , this is the best way to to experience the area for those short on time.
We start with a very early pickup from you hotel in Arequipa (2.30 am to 3.15 am approximately) and set off on the 3 hour drive to reach Colca Canyon and the town of Chivay (3600 meters). Here we will stop for breakfast (included in price) and a short break. We then continue our drive passing through the canyon scenery until we reach the lookout point of Antahuilque where we can view the traditional terracing of the hills used for agriculture since Incan times - this vista makes for great photographs. Our next stops will be the mysterious "hanging tombs" of Choquetico and the village called Yanque before we reach the "Cruz del Condor" - here we are at the perfect vantage point to see the families of condors that live nearby and hopefully will witness them flying close by and take some amazing photographs. This is probably the place with the best chance in South America to see condors in the wild.
After our condor spotting experience we will head back towards Chivay via Maca Village and its old colonial church passing by local farms and areas where traditional ways of live are still abundant. Once at Chivay you will have the chance to have a soak in the La Calera hot springs (entrance fees NOT included) and have lunch in the town (lunch is NOT included in the price). You will have time to relax here and explore a little by yourselves before we set off on our return journey to Arequipa at about 14.00 this timing passing by Patapampa (4800 meters) and its viewpoint of the volcano Ampato. We will also pass by Tograpampa and its lagoons and Pampas Cañahuas National Park which is home to alpacas, llamas and vicuñas. We arrive back in Arequipa at approximately 17.00 and you will be dropped off in the center (hotel drop off is NOT included).
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INCLUDED IN TOUR
- Pickup from your central hotel in Arequipa
- Transportation in tourist transport
- Professional guide - English and Spanish-speaking
NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR
- Entrance Fees - National Park 70 soles is compulsory, hot springs in Chivay 15 soles (optional visit)
- Airport or bus station pickups
- Lunch - there are places to purchase lunch so you should bring money or food with you
- Travel insurance - recommended
- Sunglasses and sun cream - recommended
- Insect repellent
- Extra snacks / drinks. Recommended to bring large bottle of water with you as the high altitude air is very dry
- Tips for guide
Meals - This tour includes breakfast (as it is such an early start) but lunch is NOT included in the price.
Altitude - This tour visits places as high as 4800 meters and is mostly at an altitude of over 3000 meters so it is important you are acclimitised in order to not suffer from altitude sickness.
Groups are usually from 6 to 12 but in busy times can be larger.
HOW TO BOOK
Simply fill in the required details in the form boxes at the bottom of this page and when completed click "add to cart". You can then continue shopping for more products or go to checkout by clicking on the "checkout" link at the top right hand section of the page.
BOOKING WITH STUDENT DISCOUNT
If you are choosing the student discount option when booking then ALL people being added in the booking form must be students with a valid ISIC and you MUST supply a scan of each card by uploading the file using the supplied upload box. Only an ISIC card is valid - the student ID cards or youth discounts cards (such as IYTC) are NOT valid.
IMPORTANT - You must be able to bring the International Student Identity card that you book with with you and it MUST be real and not expired. If you turn up to the trek without or it is found to be a fake you will lose 100% of your trek).
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