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3-Day Colca Canyon Condors and Culture Tour

3-Day Colca Canyon Condors and Culture Tour

3 days

3-Day Colca Canyon Condors and Culture Tour
from $225 USD

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This three day experience includes 2 nights in the Colca Canyon with the must-do visit to the Cruz del Condor and a half day with a villager. You will visit the home and help with chores for the morning!

This is a set departure tour (in a group); for private tours, please contact us.

This 3 day itinerary does not include tours and hotels in Arequipa; let us know if you would like to add that before or after your Colca Canyon tour.

Note: The condors are best viewed between April and October.

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Day 1: Drive to the Colca Canyon with mountain views en route, overnight Colca Canyon

Pick up at your Arequipa hotel for departure at 7:30 am, driving 160 km to the town of Chivay, capital of the Province of Caylloma. At the beginning of our excursion we will enjoy the majestic views of the Misti, Chachani and PichuPichu volcanoes before approaching the National Reserve of Pampa Canahuas, where our transportation will make a short stop to observe the wild Vicunas (one of the 4 types of American camels) in its natural habitat. At this point we will be about 3,400 meters above sea level. ????Moving on we will arrive to Pata Wasi (Pata=high Wasi=home), an Andean community at the opposite border of the reserve. Here you might enjoy the natural formation of rocks and the view to the backside of the Misti and Chachani volcanoes. To prevent altitude sickness we will have an original Andean Mate de Coca drink or another hot drink in a rustic restaurant (service of bathrooms are here available). Continuing on the road we will pass Tocra, a high plain at more than 4,500 meters, where we will observe lakes with migrant birds and get pictures of the Antiplano with its Llamas and Guanacos. The highest point of our tour will be Pata Pampa (Pata=high, Pampa=land) located at 4,820 meters, where we'll observe the volcanoes Ampato, Sabancaya, Hualca-Hualca, Mismi (the source of the Amazon River), and the Cordillera de Chila. When we are getting close to the town of Chivay (3,651 meters) we will start to wonder at the spectacular multicolor view of the terraces of the Colca valley. We drive until Coporaque town and visit the Lodge La Casa de Mamayacchi, where we will have our lunch. After lunch your guide will invite you to a short walk through Coporaque and its surroundings (this walk takes around 1 hour and is optional). We'll come back to our transportation and visit a natural 'hot springs' , where we will enjoy a relaxing bath (entrance fee and personal towels to the baths are not included). After this exciting day we arrive at our hotel. Overnight.

Lunch stop but pay your own

Meals included: n/a
Mid-Range Accommodations: Casa de Mamayacchi or similar

Day 2: Early morning view of the condors, visits to local communities, overnight Colca Canyon (B).

We will have our breakfast very early in the morning and leave to the famous Cruz del Condor point. When we arrive to Cruz del Condor, there will be time to have an enjoyable view of the deep of the Canyon and if the weather permits; majestic pictures of the flight of the Condors. After our viewing, our guide will take us for a shortwalk near the Canyon (1 hour aprox.) On the way back we're going to visit the traditional village of Pinchollo and the Antahuilque viewpoint, where wonderful 1,500 year old terraces, constructed by the Collaguas, a culture well before the Incas' time, can be observed. We also will make a stop at the look-out point of Choquetico with its hanging tombs 'Tumbas colgantes', and take a look to the litomaqueta, a model of the canyon terraces carved in a rock. We will continue our visits visiting Maca, an Andean community that experienced an earthquake in November of 1991 and the village of Yanque with the most beautiful church in the valley. Arrive in Chivay and free time to explore the town. Return to our lodge. The rest of the day is free for personal activities such as hiking, horses ride or biking, they are not included in program but on request they can be also organized. Overnight at your hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Casa de Mamayacchi or similar

Day 3: Morning visit and work with a local villager; return to Arequipa; transfer to airport (B)

After a early breakfast at our hotel, a Coporaque villager will meet us and take us to his home. The villager (he or she) will plan together with us the work to be done this morning. We cannot exactly define what this day will look like as it depends on the season and weekday. However, the normal activities are, among others-- support in the fields, herding animals, the preparation of land for sowing, or harvesting. Around mid-day our host will accompany you on your way back to your hotel to pick up your luggage; we then continue towards Chivay. Please note: Local people do not speak English, so be prepared to use at least some Spanish words along with your hands. We return to Arequipa city mid- to late afternoon or there is an optional transfer to Puno on Lake Titicaca.

B and lunch stop but pay your own.

Meals included: Breakfast

Pricing

3-Day Colca Canyon Condors and Culture Tour
from $225 USD

NOTE: Prices are per person in U.S. dollars based on double/triple occupancy. All quotations are based on the current rates of park fees, VAT, other government taxes, and current exchange rates. Should any of these be increased or a new tax introduced, these increases will be added on even if your trip has already been paid for.

INCLUDES:
  • All accommodations per itinerary
  • All meals per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All tours and entrance fees per itinerary (unless listed as excluded)
  • All transportation and transfers per itinerary
  • Pick up and return to your Arequipa hotel
  • Transportation for tour
  • Colca Canyon National Park entrance fee
  • Bi-lingual guides
  • Accommodations with breakfast
  • One-half day with a villager
  • Price is for a group tour; pricing for private tours available upon request
  • For January 1, July 28, July 29, and December 31 (major holidays), there is a 50% surcharge for tours and services; not applicable for hotels.
EXCLUDES:
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not listed
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
  • Optional tours
  • Single room supplement
  • Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)
  • Tips for your guides
  • Hotel, tours and services in Arequipa
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Entrances to the hot springs (US$6/person) and towels
  • Bus transfer to/from Puno, instead of Arequipa; add US$75/person each way
  • Snacks, beverages
  • Personal expenses

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