AREQUIPA BEST OFF ROAD TOUR $1268 USD Per Person

4x4 Tour Through Colca And Cotahuasi Canyon 9 Days - 8 Nights

ITINERARY OF 4X4 TOUR IN THE COLCA AND COTAHUASI CANYON

DAY 1: AREQUIPA - EL PEDREGAL - HUAMBO VALLEY - SORO VALLEY - LLAHUAR HOT SPRING

At 7am departure to the Colca canyon in our private 4WD, travel to see the rest of the north part of Desierto de Atacama and drive up to the highlands crossing the valley of Vitor, Alto Sihuas, El Pedregal - short explore the remains of Wary culture named Huacan - Visit the south part of the Volcanoes range named Pampa Qerqe - Ampato mountain viewpoint (4300m). Continue Off Road Tour through nice country of Huambo (3200m) and continue driving up the second highest pass between Humabo and Cabanaconde town, from here we just descend by nice and adventurous serpentine dirt road to the bottom. Soro valley is located in the other side of the canyon, means you will cross the Colca River over suspension bridge after nice experienced crossing ancient bridge we leave our 4WD and trekking through nice cactus forest along the Colca River till Llahuar lodge. Llahuar is located between the encounter of the Colca and Llatica Rivers with nice view of the huge walls of the canyon. At 2pm will be lunch and then plenty of time to enjoy the thermals baths next of the river. At 7 evening will be dinner accompanied by wonderful starry sky, spend the night in bamboo cabins (L - D).

Mount Ampato - Colca Canyon

DAY 2: LLAHUAR - SORO VALLEY - CABANACONDE TOWN - CONDOR CROSS VIEWPOINT - PINCHOLLO GEYSER - CHIVAY HOT SPRING

At 5am will be our breakfast and short trekking on the left bank of the Colca river, nice trekking crossing abandoned terraces completely cover by cactus, this small valley is called Soro (2050m) and then cross a suspension bridge over the Colca river to the other side and meet the 4x4. From Soro we travel up to Cabanaconde (3285m) by abandoned dirty truck that is 1 hour on our four wheel drive.
8am we will be at the famous Condor Cross (3600m), wait 2 hours maximum for flight of biggest birds in the world. We continue travelling by 4x4 to observe the Hualca Hualca geyser located in middle of mountainous area, to reach the geyser will walk half hour and see the volcanic activity of Hualca Hualca. Come back to our 4WD and then continue visiting different villages like Maca, Achoma, Yanque and Chivay, all them located on the left margin of the Colca River with nice lookout and surrounded by the pre Inca terracing irrigate with ancient aqueducts built by the Collaguas and Cabanas culture. Late afternoon arrive to Chivay (3600m) to have lunch and after we have opportunity to visit the hot spring (LA CALERA). At dinner we offer a life music show and stay in a comfortable hotel (B - L - D).
DAY 3: CHIVAY TOWN - CAYLLOMA - ORCOPAMPA - ANDAGUA - VOLCANOES VALLEY Today we walk up at 6am and nice country breakfast and then we hike into the canyon on nice trail between the terraces, this hike takes 2 hours till to Canocota (3800m), This town is habituated by farmers located on the left bank of the Colca River. At Canocota we will met our 4WD and start of our second day Off Road Tour in the real Andean dirt road passing small village, groups of Llamas and Alpacas grazing on the mountainous range. After 3 hours of Off Road Tour will arrive to Caylloma mining town (4200m) located between the border of Arequipa and Cusco, short break to recognize this town. Continue driving our 4WD over the 4000 meters and viewing the impressive landscape of the Andes, on the way we stop to appreciate the most protected Andean animal, named Vicuña (Vicugna), this fine and elegant wild animal is adapted to live on these lands.
At 2pm we will be in Orcopampa (4100m) mining town where will have lunch surrounded by snow-capped. Late afternoon arrive to Andagua (3200m), is know like valley of the volcanoes. Andagua town is surrounded by 86 volcano craters, we climb several volcanoes and explore the country of this town. Stay in family hostel with charm atmosphere (B - L - D).

DAY 4: VOLVANOES VALLEY - COROPUNA MOUNTAIN - PUCUCHO VILLAGE - VIZCAS CHICO - COTAHUASI

At 7am will be country breakfast served by local family and continue Off Road Tour driving on serpentine road till bottom of Coropuna mountain (6377m), spectacular view of the mountainous range of north face of Coropuna. Visit a small lagoon of Uchuyjocha were is possible to see the red pink flamingos, Andean fox, Andean eagle, and sometime the Andean condor flying around Apu Coropuna, considerate the third highest mountain in Peru and popular destiny for climb lovers. Drive our 4WD though dusty and bumpy road passing Pucuncho village, spot at this farmer place and contact with the locals and spend two hours of our time to share with poor people leaving over 4200m. You can donate (optional) some toys, clothes or school items or anything you like to give them.
At 2pm we will at the bottom of Solimana snow-peak considerate the most technical mountain in south of Peru and there will have lunch (picnic) viewing the magnificent mountain range. Transfer to Vizcas chico and from here downhill trekking to Cotahuasi valley, descending by serpentine trail through wonderful valley, spring and terraces worked by the locals. After 3 hours arrive to Cotahuasi (2600m) and entry to the accommodation and dinner accompanied with local family (B - L - D).

Huanaco - Lama Guanacoide

DAY 5: CCOTAHUASI TOWN - PUICA VILLAGE - TOMEPAMPA TOWN - LUICHO HOT SPRING

After breakfast we drive 2 hours up to Puica village (3600m), this village is located in the head of Cotahuasi canyon people here are dedicated to be farmers, they still believe to respect the mountain the mother earth and live linked with their ancestral tradition. Trek up to explore Maucallaqta ruins dated from pre Inca time. At this part of the canyon is considerate the highest lands surrounded by snow peak as Firura (5600m). From Puica we descend walking through springs and narrow path between abandoned terraces and nice rock formation and spectacular views of Tomepampa and Alca towns located on the left side of the canyon.
After 4 hour of nice trekking we will arrive to Luicho hot spring, lunch and then plenty of time to enjoy the thermals pools. Sep up our four season tents, camp fire accompanied by delicious dinner and night in tents under starry sky (B - L - D).

DAY 6: LUICHO HOT SPRING - TAURISMA VALLEY - PAMPAMARCA TOWN - USCUNE WATERFALL - COTAHUASI TOWN

Today you can walk up later of other days. Breakfast and then Off Road Tour following dirt road and will cross to the right side of the canyon, where will find Taurisma farmer village, short recognized impressive cultivation terraces system. After take uphill road to Pampamarca village (3750m). Trekking to the waterfall of Uscune this is a nice waterfall to discover the impressive and powerful of water descending from the high mountains to the Cotahuasi River. We hike 3 hours maximum to visit Uscune waterfall and then come back to our 4WD and drive down on the same road to Cotahuasi. We will spend the night in a comfortable hotel (B - L - D).

DAY 7: COTAHUASI - SIPIA WATERFALL - COTAHUASI TOWN

Today after country breakfast we drive down to Toro bridge and from the one hour of trekking to Sipia waterfall, plenty of time to explore this impressive waterfall, also spectacular views of walls of the canyon. Will have lunch at this quiet place also you feeling and encountering with nature. Late afternoon return to our 4WD vehicle and drive up to Cotahuasi town. Dinner and stay in a comfortable hostal running by local family (B - L - D).

Lake Of The Altiplano Peru

DAY 8: CCOTAHUASI CANYON - SOLIMANA AND COROPUNA MOUNTAIN - CHUQUIBAMBA VILLAGE - MAJES CANYON - AREQUIPA

We will get ready to one hour opportune for transfer to Chuquibamba, not without before happening same stops in the way to see Solimana and Coropuna Mountain, some views of Vicuñas, Llamas and Alpacas, forest of Queñuales (Andean tree). After 4 hours Off Road Tour will descend to Chuquibamba and lunch at this town.
Continue downhill driving on asphalt road to the bottom of Majes canyon, on the way will stop to seeing the Caylloma castle considerate sacred place of the Chuquibamaba culture. Arrival to Majes valley and visit to Toro Muerto petroglyphs where is possible to appreciate thousand of draw made in huge volcanic lava. After visit Toro Muerto we continue to Arequipa and end of our service (B - L).

AREQUIPA BEST OFF ROAD TOUR INCLUDES

  1. Official English-speaking guide well knowledge of the region
  2. Private 4WD 2007/2009 Toyota Prado Land Cruiser (See our 4X4)
  3. Experienced driver know very well each route in the region
  4. 6 nights in a comfortable hotels
  5. 1 night camping through the mountains
  6. All food (7 country breakfasts - 8 lunches - 7 dinners)
  7. Camping gear according the program (Triple tent capacity for two persons, inflate mattress)
  8. Kooking equipment according the program
  9. All entrance to the national parks, be careful some tour operator don't include this service
  10. Food and accommodation for our camp staff
  11. Oxygen and first aid kit for all participants and our camp staff

RECOMMENDATION
If this is your first time going to the Andes or High Mountains we recommend getting information about the ALTITUDE SICKNESS, see below some websites recommend by High Mountain doctors and scientists from over the world.
ISMM – International Society For Mountain Medicine
MEDEX – Medical Expeditions


TOUR SCHEDULE & COST 2012
DATE TOUR COST
Any day
(Mar - Dec)
AREQUIPA BEST OFF ROAD TOUR $1268 USD Per Person

4WD Through Colca And Cotahuasi Canyon 8 Day - 7 Nights

Backpacker Service
Not applicable

Private Service (Private 4DW And Guide)
2 participants $1268 USD each one
3-4 participants $1090 USD each one
5 to more participants $950 USD each one
Discount: $ 5 USD of discount for South American Explorers Club Members
Discount 3%: Discount for Tour Operators or Travel Agencies Only
Students: $5 USD of discount only with valid green ISIC card
Organized Groups: We offer private service and any time/day according request
Group size: 5 participants per each guide
BOOK HERE: We highly recommended to book space prior you arrive to Arequipa and take private VIP service
All prices stated above are subject to change.
Exchange rate $1 USD = S/. 3.02 (rate may vary daily).
Above prices include local taxes.

NOT INCLUDED

  1. Alcoholic drinks
  2. Sleeping Bag
  3. Breakfast on the first day
  4. Tips for guide and camp staff

RAIN SEASON

December to March.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The best season to visit this part of the Andes is between March to June.

ADVICE FOR VISITORS

PERU ADVENTURE TOURS recommend to make your reservation in advance.

WHAT YOU NEED TO CARRY/BRING

  1. Small backpack
  2. Rain Jacket or Poncho (December - March)
  3. Tennis Shoes
  4. Complete change of clothing
  5. Bottle of Water
  6. Hat or cap to protect you from the sun
  7. Sun block (sun protection cream)
  8. Insect repellent
  9. Toiletries (towel and toilet paper)
  10. Selection of small snacks, Chocolate, Dried fruit, Biscuits, etc.
  11. Camera, plenty of film and spare batteries
  12. Sunglasses
  13. Extra money (soles)
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