Colca Canyon and Arequipa

THE COLCA CANYON & AREQUIPA

All 5 itineraries are listed here. Rates are listed in the "Rates & Dates" detailed section.

 

ACC-4 THE FULL PROGRAM

Day 1-Arequipa: We meet you on your arrival at Arequipa airport and transfer you to your hotel. If you arrive in the morning, you will have time in the afternoon to visit the fascinating Santa Catalina Convent, and to visit the Momia Juanita, the Inca mummy recently recovered from top of Ampato Volcano. Both sites offer guided tours. Passengers from Cuzco arrive in late afternoon according to current air schedules. Lunch and dinner are on your own.

Day 2-Colca Canyon Trek: Private guide and driver for the trip to Colca, with a stop at Pampas Cañahuas to view troops of vicuñas. We spend two nights in a comfortable country inn. We include box lunch today, en route to Chivay. In the afternoon we recommend the moderate 2-hour hike from Canocota along the river, ending at the La Calera open-air hot spring. Dinner is on your own.

Day 3-The Canyon: We visit the Cruz del Condor, a lookout near the deepest part of the Colca Canyon, where condors spiral up on the morning thermal air currents. In the left bank villages and countryside we explore an extraordinary concentration of geoglyphs, terracing complexes, colonial churches, and a vibrant folk culture with distinctive costumes and housing styles. We visit the village of Cabanaconde (75 km from Chivay) before returning to the upper (eastern) end of the valley. Overnight in our hotel. Lunch is included today; dinner is on your own.

Day 4-Colca/Arequipa: We visit the village of Coporaque on the right bank of the river before returning in the afternoon to Arequipa in time for your evening flight to Lima. Lunch is included; dinner on your own.

 

ACC-3 EXPLORING THE COLCA CANYON

Day 1-Arequipa/Chivay: We meet you at the airport and depart directly toward Chivay with your private guide and driver (note: passengers arriving from Cuzco must spend the first night in Arequipa). We view vicuñas at Pampa Cañahuas, enjoy a picnic lunch en route, and arrive in the mid-afternoon, with time enough to settle in and enjoy a local hot spring. Dinner is on your own. Note: we can also begin this tour from Puno, a 5-hour drive to Chivay. In both cases, an optional moderate hike from Canocota to La Calera hot spring is very enjoyable for walkers.

Day 2-Colca Canyon Trek: We visit the Cruz del Condor, and the left bank villages as far as Cabanaconde before returning to the upper end of the valley. Overnight in our hotel. Lunch is included today; dinner is on your own.

Day Three-Colca/Arequipa: We visit the village of Coporaque on the right bank of the river before returning in the afternoon to Arequipa in time for your evening flight to Lima.

 

ACC-3A INTRODUCTION TO AREQUIPA AND COLCA

Day 1-Arequipa/Santa Catalina Convent: We meet you on your arrival at Arequipa airport and transfer you to your hotel. If you arrive in the morning, you will have time in the afternoon to visit the fascinating Santa Catalina Convent, and to visit the Momia Juanita, the Inca mummy recently recovered from top of Ampato Volcano. Both sites offer guided tours. Passengers from Cuzco arrive in late afternoon according to current air schedules. Lunch and dinner are on your own.

Day 2-Colca Canyon: Private guide and driver for the trip to Colca. We spend one night in a comfortable country inn. We include box lunch today, en route to Chivay. In the afternoon we visit Coporaque, and enjoy a local hot spring. Dinner is on your own.

Day 3-Colca Canyon: We visit the Cruz del Condor, and some villages on the left bank. We return in the afternoon to Arequipa in time for your evening flight to Lima. Lunch is included today; dinner is on your own.

 

ACC-2 INTRODUCTION TO COLCA

Day 1-Arequipa/Chivay: We meet you at the airport and depart directly toward Chivay with your private guide and driver. We include box lunch today, en route to Chivay. In the afternoon we visit Coporaque and an open-air local hot spring. Dinner is on your own. Note: we can also begin this tour from Puno, a 5-hour drive to Chivay.

Day 2-Colca Canyon Trek/Arequipa: We visit Cruz del Condor, and enjoy the magnificent scenery on the left bank of the river. We return in the afternoon to Arequipa for your evening flight to Lima.

 

 

AH-1 ADD-ON TO AMAZON HEADWATERS

This is a full-day add on to any program. The northern drainage of Nevado El Mismi has been identified as the geographical source of the Amazon River. At 18,000 feet elevation, the trip requires some acclimation days so it is best added at the end of your regular Colca Canyon trek. From April through November, we take 4x4 jeeps from the upper Colca Valley around the eastern side of El Mismi, and hike to a tarn that gathers the glacial melt before draining north. Four thousand five hundred miles later, it flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Spellbinding Andean scenery.

 

Tours Include:

  • hotel nights are in single,  twinshare or triple basis
  • daily breakfast and lunch
  • park and site fees
  • English-speaking guide
  • private vehicle for touring.

Tours Exclude:

  • Flights
  • airport departure fees
  • tips
  • dinners
  • entrance to la Calera thermal baths ($4)

Quick Facts

  • 1 to 4 days, hotel-based programs
  • Choose from tourist to superior hotels
  • Watch condors soar at Cruz del Condor, and vicuña troops on the high plain
  • Visit traditional villages
  • Enjoy optional hikes along the river and to remote ruins
  • Rejuvenate in open-air hot springs
  •  Visit Arequipa 

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