NATURE & ADVENTURE COLCA TOUR

(3 days / 2 nights)
INCLUDES
DOES NOT INCLUDE
  • Private transport
  • Professional bilingual tour guide
  • 2 nights in the Kuntur Wassi hotel
  • 2 American breakfasts
  • 3 lunches (3 choices of menu)
  • Trip down to the Oasis in the Colca Canyon
  • Entry to the hot springs
  • Other personal costs
  • Tourist ticket for the Colca Valley (S/. 70 for overseas visitors)
  • Tips
  • Taxes

DAY 1:
AREQUIPA – CABANACONDE

 
7:00 a.m.- 8:00 a.m. We start our journey toward the Colca Valley with a pick-up in private transport from your hotel.
 
Along the way we can enjoy changing views of Arequipa’s emblematic volcanoes: El Misti (5,825 meters) and Chachani (6,075 meters). Continuing our journey, we cross the Lake Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve.
 
Our next stop is Toccrapampa, at 4,000 meters above sea level, where we can watch the herds of alpacas and llamas grazing in the picturesque high-altitude wetlands. We can also see a range of bird life including flamingos, Andean ducks and ibis, as well as birds of prey such as falcons and eagles.
 
We make another stop at Patapampa, the high point of our journey at 4,900 meters above sea level, also known as the Mirador de los Volcanes. There are spectacular views of the snowcapped volcanoes Ampato, Sabancaya and Hualca Hualca to the west, as well as Mt Mismi to the north, which has been confirmed as the source of the Amazon River.
 
11:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. We head down into the Colca Valley towards Chivay, at 3,650 meters, the capital of the Caylloma province, where we have lunch. We continue our jouney along the lft bank of the Colca river, visiting the villages of Yanque, Maca and Pinchollo.
 
6:00 p.m. We arrive in Cabanaconde where we check in to the Kuntur Wassi hotel and enjoy a delicious dinner.

DAY 2:
Trekking to Sangalle (the Oasis)

 
06:00 a.m. We have an American breakfast in the hotel and then start our trek down into the Colca Canyon to Sangalle (the Oasis).
 
The trek takes us right to the bottom of the canyon, in a descending zigzag that leads to the natural oasis of Sangalle, a verdant orchard set amidst the towering cliffs of the canyon. During the trek down we can see a variety of unique geological formations and abundant wild flora and fauna.
 
At 2,300 meters above sea level, Sangalle has a subtropical climate evidenced by the groves of palm trees. Here we can take a refreshing dip in swimming pool filled by spring waters with a temperature of approximately 21 degrees Celsius, and enjoy our packed lunch.
 
In the afternoon we start back up towards Cabanaconde, ascending the zigzag route for approximately 3 hours.
 
Back in Cabanaconde we have dinner and a restful night’s sleep.

DAY 3:
CABANACONDE - AREQUIPA

 
6:30 a.mAfter having breakfast in the hotel, we head towards the Cruz del Condor lookout where we can admire the spectacular beauty of the world’s deepest canyon and the majestic flight of the region’s emblematic bird, the Andean condor.
 
We head back to Chivayvisiting the various villages and lookout points on the way, such as the villages of Pinchollo, Maca and Yanque, and the Antahuilque lookout point, where we can see pre-Incan tombs and agricultural terraces and stone models of irrigation systems, evidence of the rich agricultural heritage passed down by the ancestors of the Colca’s inhabitants.
In Chivay we can enjoy a relaxing hour bathing in the medicinal hot springs of La Calera, followed by a delicious lunch in a local restaurant.
 
3:00 p.m. We head back towards the city of Arequipa, arriving there around 6:30 pm.
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