Colca Canyon Tour (full day)

Description

Colca Canyon Tour (full day)

The Colca Canyon is considered to be the deepest canyon in the world - with over 1km separating the canyon floor from the cliff-edges. It has picturesque pre-inca terracing, impressive scenery and friendly villages with traditionally dressed locals. One of the highlights of a trip to Colca is the chance to see the mighty Andean Condor soaring on thermals above the canyon. Given good weather and an early start it is very likely you will get to see the magnificent birds in action!


Itinerary

You will be picked up from your hotel in Arequipa between 2.30 and 3.00 am. En route we will see incredible landscapes, beautiful terraces and snow-capped volcanoes, including Arequipa's El Misti Volcano, at 5,825masl. You will also pass through reserves where rare vicuña live (Peru's national animal - similar to alpaca). After this we will stop in Patahuasi, where we can have coca/muña (natural peppermint) tea. From here we continue, passing through Tojrapampa, where we can appreciate wetlands with various types of birds, south American camelids, and finally we reach the highest point at 4,910masl at Patapampa. This is a Andean viewpoint and from here offers great views of surrounding volcanoes and peaks. At around 7 am we arrive in Chivay where we will have breakfast. After breakfast we set off to the 'Cruz Del Condor' by bus, stopping at the small towns of Yanque and Maca and the Choquetico viewpoint. At this last lookout point you can enjoy stunning views of Colca Canyon and hopefully see the impressive Andean condors soaring above the void. On the way back to Chivay you can investigate the Pre-Inca tombs hidden in the mountainside. We also visit the 'Litomaquetas', the clock tower of the terraces and you will stop in 3 unique traditional villages to take a closer look at local handicrafts and customs. We pass through Chivay again around 1pm before continuing on to Arequipa where we arrive at approximately 6.00 pm.

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Colca Canyon Tour (full day)
Colca Canyon Tour (full day)
Colca Canyon Tour (full day)

Practical Information

Leaving: Daily
Transport: Bus
Length: 1 day
Price: Contact us

Bring With You
  • Photo or Video Camera
  • Daypack
  • Water and Snacks for during the bus trip
  • Sunblock
  • Cap or Hat
  • Warm Jacket
  • Poncho or Raincoat (rainy season)
Included
  • Transport by Bus
  • Bilingual Guide
Not Included
  • Meals
  • Entrance fee to Colca Canyon National Park - can be arranged with Dos Manos
  • Tips for guide
  • These tours do not include transport to/from Cusco-Arequipa, but we can easily arrange your travel to Arequipa for you at a reasonable price. Please ask!
Additional Options

Additional options in the Colca Canyon include hiking or horse back riding tours of several days. Beautiful scenery, certainly recommended.



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