AREQUIPA, COLCA CANYON TO PUNO
Linking Arequipa to Lake Titicaca, through the Colca Canyon
AREQUIPA, COLCA CANYON TO PUNO
AREQUIPA, COLCA CANYON, PUNO
5 Days

The 3-day stay in Colca allows for a more relaxed exploration. Discover beautiful sceneries with imposing volcanoes and charming villages

Tour Highlights
  • CONDORS IN COLCA CANYON
  • COLONIAL AREQUIPA
  • STAY IN COLCA LODGE WITH ITS OWN THEMRAL SPRINGS

Tour Information
  • Where
    :

    AREQUIPA, COLCA CANYON

  • When
    :

    Year Round

  • What
    :

    Nature

Itinerary

Met upon arrival and transfer to hotel. Afternoon walking tour to Arequipa’s most traditional quarter and the famous white stone buildings. Some of the old buildings were made out of white volcanic material (sillar) which has given Arequipa the name of the ‘white city’. The tour continues with the visit to the museum Santuario Andino and its famous Juanita mummy. This child, given the name Juanita after her discoverer (Johan translates as Juan in Spanish), is one of the best-preserved bodies in existence, and so has provided much information on the ritual of Inca sacrifice to the Apus, the mountain gods. Th tour ends at the Yanahuara viewpoint for a magnificent view of the Misti Volcano and the city.

In the early morning you leave Arequipa and head towards the valley. The road climbs the slopes of Chachani Volcano until it reaches a highland plain Pampa Canahuas (at 4,000 m/13,200 ft). In this National Reserve you can see groups of vicunas, the rarest and most timid of the South American camelids. In Vizcachani, you make a brief stop to drink a coca tea in the small restaurant owned by the community. This Andean drink will help you to adjust to the altitude. Continuing the trip you pass through Tojra a good place for spotting Andean birds. Along the way, you visit Chucchura and Patapampa, the high Andean plain that lies at an altitude of around 4,800 m (15, 750 ft) and features the strategically-located „El Mirador de los Andes“ (the lookout point of the Andes). Here you can have an awesome view of Chila snow-capped mountain range featuring the volcanoes: Mismi, Misti, Chachani, and the glaciers: Ampato, Sabancaya and Hualca Hualca. After four hours on the road, you arrive in Chivay, the most important town in Colca Valley. Make a short stop to explore the picturesque town and visit the local market.

Early morning drive to an observation point, located between Maca and Cabanaconde, one of the deepest parts of the canyon. Here, you find the perfect spot to look down 1,200 m (3,937 ft) into the canyon at Mirador Cruz del Condor. It’s here that the legendary condor, the bird with the largest wingspan in the world, can be seen rising and circling on the morning thermals, silhouetted against the magnificent backdrop of the mountain scenery. Afterwards you head to the town of Maca, dominated by the glaciers Sabancaya (5,976 m/19,607 ft) and Hualca Hualca (6,075 m/ 19,600 ft). You will visit its Baroque church considered one of the most original in the region. You continue to Yanque, once the headquarters of the Franciscan missionaries in the Colca. The church is also one of the most notable in the valley due to its Renaissance base with a Baroque upper level. Your last stop is at the Mirador (lookout point) of Antahuilque, where terraces have the shape of an amphitheatre.

This is your last day in the Colca Valley and you will continue your trip towards the Altiplano: landscapes featuring volcanoes, lakes and vicuna and alpaca herds as well as different kinds of cacti. The average altitude en route reaches the 4,500 m (14,700 ft). After a 6-hour ride you reach Puno. On arrival, transfer to your hotel.

Tour ends after breakfast.

Pricing and Inclusions
Prices per person twin share
    FROM TWIN
    SHARED< $950
    PRIVATE $1,485
Inclusions
    • Transfers from/to hotel in Arequipa
    • Accommodation based on TWIN in the selected hotel category
    • Excursions as noted in the itinerary
    • Entrance fees for the mentioned excursions

     

    Private Tour:
    Services with local English speaking guide
    Escorted trip Colca-Puno with local guide for private services

    Shared Service:
    Services in SIC basis (seat in coach – non private services) with local English/Spanish speaking guide and shared with other travellers
    Regular bus Colca-Puno

    Hotels:
    Arequipa – Hosteria
    Colca Canyon – Colca Lodge

    Subject to availability and seasonal increases
    Valid for travel till March 2018
    Call us for single traveller prices

    This journey can be modified to suit your travel preferences.
    It can easily operate in reverse too.

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