2 DAY COLCA CANYON VIP TRIP AND TRANSFER TO PUNO
Guided Tour From Arequipa To Colca Valley And Ending In Puno
The Colca Canyon is located on the southern Peru
in the Andes mountain range exist the second deepest canyon in the world, It is more than twice as deep as the Apurimac Canyon (Peru) and the Grand Canyon in the United States, the canyon's walls are not as vertical as those of the Grand Canyon. The Colca River birth in the Andes between Condoroma and Crucero Alto (above 4500-5000m), drops the water down to Pacific Ocean, this river have 4 names as Colca River, Andamayo River, Majes River and finally Camana River. The Colca Canyon register hard rain during December to April and the rest of the year is dry, sunny and cold weather.
The deepest part of the Colca Canyon is register between Ampato
Mountain (6310m) and Coropuna
snow-capped (6377m), on the left bank of the canyon exist a small town named Huambo and straight down of this town is located Cancco Valley (1720m) which is the greatest deep point that reaches a depth of 4590 meters.
The name Colca refers to small holes in the cliffs in the valley and canyon. These holes were used in Inca and pre-Inca times to store food, such as potatoes and other Andean crops. They were also used as tombs for important people.
The geography of the Colca Canyon are habitable, and Inca and pre-Inca terraces are still cultivated along the less precipitous canyon walls; they build stepped terraces to cultivate the ancestral potatoes, maize and other products of this region. The Colca Valley is a wonderful and colorful Andean valley with many small and remotes towns on the both side of the Canyon founded by Spanish conquers. The Spanish introduce and change many ancestral traditions as the religion. The Colca Valley keeps many colonial richest churches in all Arequipa
The canyon is home of the Andean Condor (Vultur Gryphus), they are can be seen at fairly close range as they fly through the precipices. The Condor is the main tourist attraction and can be seen at "Cruz Del Condor", is a popular tourist stop, the pass where the Condors soar gracefully on the rising thermals occurring as the air warms.
The Colca Canyon is the main tourist attraction in Arequipa
, the Colca Valley can be visit directly from Arequipa
, from Cusco
by 4WD or from Puno
) by private van. The Colca Canyon geography offer great terrain to practice outdoor activities such as Trekking Tours
, Climbing Tours
, Horse Tours
, Mountain Bike
, River Rafting
, Camping, Bird Watching combining with relaxing visit to the numerous thermal baths and staying in charm and comfortable hotels along the Colca Canyon.
PERU ADVENTURE TOURS
organize daily visit to the Colca Canyon, with experience driver and official accredited tour guides and including good food, entrance to the park and the best hotels to stay in the second deepest canyon in the world.
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COLCA CANYON TOUR ITINERARY
DAY 1: AREQUIPA - PATAPAMPA ANDEAN LOOKOUT 4850M - CHIVAY - HOT SPRING
Early morning or late morning we can meet in your hotel, bus stop or from airport of Arequipa and then start the trip with private transport to the second deepest canyon in the world, driving on the left side of Chachani mountain (6070m), continue going up to 4200m, where located the Natural Reserve of Salinas and Aguada Blanca, is the nature habitat for the Vicuñas (Vicugna), one of South American camelido running on this high plateaus on the back side of ChachanI snow-capped and Misti Volcano - The Vicuñas are protected and wild animals living above 3800m and next to them will be easy appreciate big groups of Llamas and Alpacas grazing next of the road, small lagoons (Bofedales), remote rock forest, amazing highlands views and then we reach the highest point of this trip named Pata Pampa 4850M as known as "Mirador de los Andes", nice view of snow caps and volcanoes as volcan Ampato where the ice maiden "Juanita" was founded in 1995 near of the summit - Will stop every place to get short break getting pictures from all each place you like.
At 1PM we will arrive in Chivay town (3600M) there you can get your lunch (Excluded) - Then you will transferred to selected hotel to leave your personal things/items and then transfer to La Calera thermal pools (45°C) and enjoy the outdoor or indoor pools until 6PM (Hot spring admission 15 soles per person) or ALTERNATIVE 3 HOURS of trekking (free), horseback riding or mountain bike around - The alternative tours can be purchase directly in our local office of Arequipa one day before to depart on this trip.
Around 6:30PM return to your lodge to enjoy your diner (excluded) and rest under starry sky.
ALTERNATIVE AFTERNOON TRIP IN THE COLCA VALLEY
3 HOURS OF CANOCOTA CANYON TREK (Included)
After lunch you will be transferred for about 20 minutes by private transport from Chivay to Canocota village - This is very remote village located on the upper zone and next of narrow canyon - The is option includes nice and low level of trekking on ancient Inca trail along the canyon with impressive views and nature along Colca River - At the end of trek we invite you to enjoy the thermal pools of La Calera (38°C) for $6 USD of admission per person - Don't forget to bring your swinsuit and towel - This trek is available even if iss raining but you must need to bring very good waterproof gear as shoes, pants and jacket or poncho - After reasonable time at the hot spring transfer to hotel and end of activities of this day.
3 HOURS OF HORSEBACK RIDING TOUR $85 USD Per Person - Not Included
This tour Includes nice riding through fully agriculture terraces on the left and right bank of Colca River, the main location of our horses are in Yanque town where we go by private transport to have nice introduction to the horses and begin the trip after safety talking and check the equipment's as saddles and helmets - The riding also includes visit the pre-Inca ruins of Uyu Uyu - This horseback tour is suitable for experienced and beginners riders - The tour can includes some gallop only if you know very well to ride the horses otherwise we don't recommend to try that to avoid any accident - Booking this tour you need to bring fleece or windproof jacket to kept warm the body during the riding time - This tours is not available if is raining or not available horses.
3 HOURS OF DONWHILL BIKE TOUR $85 USD Per Person - No Included
The mountain bike downhill from the highest point as known as PataPampa (4910M) can be done in 3 hours of pure downhill to Chivay (3400 m.a.s.l). The nice mountain bike tour is recommended for mountain bike lovers thanks to nice single trucks and good road condition - This ALTERNATIVE mountain bike tour is suitable for beginners and experienced bikers - The tour cost already includes mountain bike, full finger gloves and riding helmets.
DAY 2: CHIVAY - COLCA VALLEY - MIRADOR CRUZ DEL CONDOR - PUNO
At 6AM is the breakfast and travel 2 hours on our transportation to the famous Condor Cross, at this place is possible to appreciate the fly of Condors or sometimes seating on the big rocks, two hours spending looking this amazing and biggest bird in the world, also there are many villages at the deep part of this spectacular Canyon.
At 10AM we drive back to Chivay, stopping on the way back getting nice views of the river and Colca valley, colony churches (XVI century), handicraft markets, green villages on the both banks of the canyon and local people working the ancient's pre-Incas terraces and dedicated life solely to work the terraces, therefore you will see many fields full of crops as corn, amaranth, kiwicha, potatoes, and more native product of Peru.
Along the way we stop at different viewpoints to see the carved rock, it was model where the ancient architectures testing which part of the terrain was appropriate to build the terraces in the other site of the canyon. Continue going will stop next of huge cliff where is possible to see hanging tombs on the volcanic hillsides.
Driving along the canyon you will see the great Colca River and small communities located on both bank of the canyon.
At 11:30AM we arrive to Chivay to have lunch (Excluded) and then some free time to explore little big the town and the handicraft market.
At 1PM we aboard the private transport and drive uphill following the paved road to the highest point and continue driving toward th highland plain untill a small lagoons to watch Andean birds as Caracara, Andean goose, Pink flamingos, ducks, ibis and etc.
After 3 hours of driving we arrive to another lookour as known as Mirador de Lagunillas, this is very nice point to watch impressive landscape surrounding the lake where the locals practice trout farming - The PRIVATE SERVICE also includes other stops to enjoy more scenery along the way making this transfer more flexible and arrive to costumer hotel in Puno around 7PM end of service.
COLCA CANYON VIP TOUR INCLUDES
- Certifiedl English-Speaking tour guide
- Private Van or 4WD (Private Service only)
- 1 night in the selected lodging
- Tourist ticket of 70 soles or $25 US Dollars per person (Obligatory). This is the unique entrance to the Colca national park even if you don't stop at "Mirador Cruz Del Condor" (take care not many tour operators don't includes this tourist ticket), the entrance is valid to visit all the canyon but not valid for hot springs along the canyon
- Alternative 3 hours of trekking
- 1 breakfast
- First aid kit for all participants and our cam staff
- Food and accommodation for our camp staff
TOP HOTELS IN THE COLCA VALLEY
TOUR COST 2015
Hotel Colca Lodge (Twin)
Aranwa Pueblito Encantado Del Colca (Twin)
Las Casitas Del Colca (Twin)
$550 USD per person
$595 USD per person
$720 USD per person
All prices stated above are subject to change.
Exchange rate $1 USD = S/. 3.02 (rate may vary daily).
Before to book this trip we recommend to read our TERMS $ CONDITIONS
and prevent future inconveniences.
Of course this is the best alternative if you like to explore and get more flexibility during your trip including the depart and return - This private service includes ONLY the tour guide and driver - The type of transport can be van for 8 people or one of our 4WD vehicles available.
Daily departures are available all year - Private tour also can be organized from Puno or from the airport of Arequipa any day and any time.
Depart for private service for groups or individual are available any day during all year. We strongly recommend booking trip with private van or 4x4 vehicles to explore more the Colca canyon. This tour can be combined with private and directly transfer to Puno or to Cusco, please check this option at booking time.
- Travel insurance
- Soft and alcoholic drinks
- Breakfast on the first day
- Lunches and diner in Chivay
- Hotel in Arequipa and Puno
- Tipping for guide and camp staff
- Alternative afternoon tour as horseback riding or Mountain biking tour
- Fishing gear
- Entrance to the hot spring in Chivay 15 soles per person will be paid directly ($6 USD) - The admission cost don't includes towel but other facilities as shower and toilets are available.
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING/CARRY
- Small backpack 40lt
- Rain jacket or poncho (December to april)
- Strong comfortable and waterproof footwear
- One complete change of clothing
- Sweater and jacket (something warm)
- Bottle of water
- Flashlight and batteries
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun
- Sun block (sun protection cream)
- Insect repellent
- Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits, etc
- Camera, plenty of film and spare batteries
- Swimsuit for the hot spring
- Optional walking sticks or poles
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