COLCA CANYON MIXED TOUR SINCE $255 USD Per Person

Classic Trip And Hiking Through The Colca Valley - 3 Days

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 regions.
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 (Lake Titicaca) 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

Around 8AM we will meet in your hotel of Arequipa and then start our daily private or shared guided tour to the second deepest canyon in the world, driving on the left side of Chachani mountain (6070m), continue going up to 4200m, is a Natural Reserve of Salinas and Aguada Blanca, is the nature habitat for the Vicuñas, one of South American camelidos, groups of Llamas, Alpacas, small lake (Bofedales), highlands views (Pata Pampa 4850m), snow caps and volcanoes, will stop every place to get short break getting pictures from all each place you like.
At 1PM we will arrive in Chivay town, located over 3600m, there you can choose any restaurant to get your lunch, after that we supply your room according the selected hotel to leave your stuff and continue with the next activity.
At 7PM everyone (Private Service & Backpacker Service staying in Chivay) will meet the tour guide in the lobby of the hotel and then transfer to the planetarium Maria Reiche, this is located at Casa Andina Hotel (Chivay). We invite you to immerse in the mysteries of the Colca Valley sky and enjoy the performance Colca deep Canyon, deep sky. You can learn how the ancient inhabitants of the Andes interpreted the night sky according to their myths and beliefs. The performances include projecting constellations in the Planetarium dome as well as observing the stars of Colca`s sky through a professional telescope.
After the you can chose any restaurant to get you diner (Lunch).
VERY IMPORTANT TO KNOW
The visit to the planetarium is restricted for participants who choose to stay in hotels OUTSIDE Chivay, even if you book Backpacker or Private Service - The visit to the planetarium during the rainy season (December to April) is subject to changes of the weather conditions - PERU ADVENTURE TOURS is not responsible for weather changes or suspension of the event by the direct administration of the planetarium (Casa Andina Hotel - Chivay) - The payment made for the service of planetary will be refunded to each participant at the end of the tour/trek - We appreciate your understanding for any inconvenience that may arise.
BACKPACKER SERVICE (Join group/shared transport): After lunch the participants will have free time to rest until 4pm and then transfer to the thermal pools located 5 minutes driving from Chivay on the northeast (upper canyon). If you don’t like to visit the thermal pools you can walk around by yourself, the area is safety and easy to know where you are going.
PRIVATE SERVICE (Private guide/van): This service is the perfect option for people like to enjoy much more the canyon. The PERU ADVENTURE TOURS guides recommend departing from Arequipa early as possible (6am) and arrive to the canyon before thousands of tourist appears when they take the backpacker service.
This option offer you 2 hours maximum of trekking around the canyon, we recommend to do the trekking before lunch, according the weather condition and if the location of the hotel permit. If you choose the hotel out Chivay you need to consider the time we spend to get there. Sometime the participants of Private Service choose hotels as:
COLLAHUAS INN HOTEL: they are located in Yanque town (let bank of the Colca River), just 10 minutes from Chivay and transfer is taking a good paved road.
COLCA LODGE HOTEL: this located on the right bank of Colca River, just in from of Yanque town. The transfer from Chivay to this hotel takes around 40 minutes and following a gravel road. This hotel have available access to the private thermal pools (hot spring) next of Colca River (rec).
LAS CASITAS DEL COLCA HOTEL: this hotel is one of the nicer and good location on the left bank of the river, to get there we need to drive from Chivay to Yanque and then gravel road through agriculture terraces. The transfer takes around 30 minutes. PERU ADVENTURE TOURS really recommends staying at this hotel.
All participants chose to stay in any hotel mentioned above don’t include the visit to the Planetarium Maria Reiche and the thermal pools (hot spring) of La Celera - Chivay.

OPTIONAL: After lunch you can combine horseback riding or downhill bike trip around the canyon. These activities need to be confirmed at booking time.
These tours design just for participants chose the hotel in Chivay and Private VIP Service only because each activity demands around 3 hours.
3 HOURS OF CANOCOTA CANYON TREK - FREE FOR PRIVATE SERVICE ONLY
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 ventilate helmets.
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DAY 2: CHIVAY - CONDOR CROSS - SAN JUAN DE CHUCCHO - OASIS

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 start trekking in the Colca Canyon descending for 4 hours to the Colca River (2160m), a descent of 1300 meters. We will cross to the other side of the canyon and begin our ascent upward.
12pm arrival to the lodge and resting place in San Juan de Chuccho village (2300 meters above sea level). Here you will get a delicious and energetic lunch.
Around 2PM after our lunch, continue hiking for approximately four hours, crossing small villages (Malata and Cosñirhua), going up hills, over 2600m above sea level and down again to our next destination called Sangalle/Oasis, where we`ll find a nice place to spend the night with bamboo bungalows, pretty swimming pools between palm trees, surrounded by the Colca River (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner and Family Lodge or Camping).
IMPORTANT: If you book this trek with backpacker service you must need to bring warm clothes as heavy fleece or windproof jacket. The public bus service doesn’t provide calefaction or air conditioning during this journey.
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DAY 3: COLCA CANYON - CABANACONDE TOWN - CRUZ DEL CONDOR VIEWPOINT - CHIVAY - AREQUIPA

At 4AM or 6AM have breakfast and begin the ascent of three hours to the left rim of Colca Canyon, to Cabanaconde (3280m). This day we walk up 1050m as the last hard and steep trail of our excursion - Around 8AM and 10AM travel by bus for 30 minutes to the Condor's Cross lookout, viewing many small towns all around the Colca Valley, located in the high part of the canyon. Optional visit to the Hot Springs - Thermal swimming pools in Chivay (3600m).
Around 12PM have lunch in Chivay and then return to Arequipa arriving around 5pm or optional transfer from Chivay to Puno (6 hrs), if you like this additional service you can order at booking time and will organize according your request (Breakfast + Lunch).

BACKPACKER SERVICE INCLUDES $255 USD Per Person

  1. Official English-Speaking Guide
  2. Private tour bus on the first day (Arequipa - Chivay - Condor cross)
  3. Public bus tickets from Colca canyon to Arequipa (last day)
  4. All meals according the program
  5. 1 night of hotel in Chivay - Hotel is rated with 3 stars, private bath, hot shower and heat
  6. Camping gear as 4 season tents and mattresses (Sleeping bag is not included)
  7. Shared bath and cold shower facilities
  8. Cold shower facilities
  9. Tourist ticket of 70 soles or $30 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
  10. Water supply (boiled) every day before breakfast and after each dinner
  11. Food and lodging for our camp staff

PRIVATE SERVICE INCLUDES $398 USD Per Person

  1. Official English-Speaking Guide
  2. Private transport (Arequipa - Chivay - Condor cross - Cabanaconde)
  3. All meals according the program
  4. 1 night of hotel in Chivay - Hotel is rated with 3 stars, private bath, hot shower and heat
  5. 1 night at the aosis - Bamboo huts without bath
  6. Cold shower facilities
  7. Tourist ticket of 70 soles or $30 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
  8. Water supply (boiled) every day before breakfast and after each dinner
  9. Horse to help you to carry your personal gear
  10. Food and lodging for our camp staff
  11. 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 2015
DATE TOUR COST
Any day
(even the rain season)
COLCA CANYON MIXED TOUR SINCE $255 USD Per Person

Classic Trip And Hiking Through The Colca Valley - 3 Days
Backpacker Service (join group)
1 to more participants $255 USD each one

Private Service (Private van)
2 participants $398 USD each one
3-4 participants $335 USD each one
5 to more participants $289 USD each one
Discount: $5 USD of discount for South American Explorers Club Members
Discount 3%: Tour Operators or Travel Agencies Only
Students: $5 USD of discount only with valid green ISIC card
Organized Groups: We offer private and any time departure
Group size: 86 participants per guide - We need minimum 2 participants to develop this trek
BOOK HERE: We highly recommended to book space prior you arrive to Peru
All prices stated above are subject to change.
Exchange rate $1 USD = S/. 3.02 (rate may vary daily).

If you decide to book this tour a taking private transport just for you, the driver and the tour guide you must need to add $230 USD per two days and for 6 people capacity transport. This price includes the roll taxes, gas, driver salary, meals and lodging for our camp staff. We recommended this option.


DEPARTURES

Daily departures are available all year.

PRIVATE SERVICE

Depart for private service for groups or individual are available any day during all year. We strongly recommend to book trip with private van or 4x4 vehicle 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.

NOT INCLUDED

  1. Travel insurance
  2. Soft and alcoholic drinks
  3. Breakfast and diner on the first day
  4. Hotel in Arequipa
  5. Tip for guide and camp staff
  6. Horseback riding tours
  7. Fishing gear
  8. Entrance to the hot spring in Chivay $6 USD per person will be paid directly

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING/CARRY

  1. Small backpack 40lt
  2. Rain jacket or poncho (December to April)
  3. Strong comfortable and waterproof footwear
  4. One complete change of clothing
  5. Sweater and jacket (something warm)
  6. Bottle of water
  7. Flashlight and batteries
  8. Hat or cap to protect you from the sun
  9. Sun block (sun protection cream)
  10. Insect repellent
  11. Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits, etc
  12. Camera, plenty of film and spare batteries
  13. Sunglasses
  14. Swimsuit for the hot spring
  15. Optional walking sticks or poles
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