PUNO COLCA CANYON AREQUIPA BY PRIVATE 4x4 AND GUIDED TOUR $515 USD Per Person
Discover The Tiahuanaco, Collahuas And The Cabanas World - 3 Days
Private guided tour from Puno to Colca canyon and then to Arequipa is developed for travelers looking to connect from Lake Titicaca to the second deepest canyon in the world and finalize in Arequipa as known “The White city of Peru”.
PERU ADVENTURE TOURS runs this 4x4 tour over the Altiplano of Puno and Arequipa region, this journey includes visit the deepest part of the Colca canyon, the most popular point to see the Andean Condor.
Along the way also is possible to see the Llamas, Alpacas and Vicuñas (South American camelids) grazing in the Altiplano. Local farmers are still working the ancient terraces along the both bank of the Colca River.
We invite you to make your reservation far way in advance and discover the home of these three cultures based in the high mountains of Peru.
DAY 1: PUNO - SILLUSTANI FUNERAL TOWERS - CHIVAY HOT SPRING
At 7AM you will be picked up from your hotel in Puno and then you will aboard our private van to travel through the Altiplano of Puno region to visit the funeral towers of Sillustani. On way go there we will stop at Atun Qolla community to visit the local family, the will show us they daily art craft and little about their agricultural production. To visit the local family will be one the best experienced to introduce to the Andean life over 3800m. If you like taste help the economy of this people there are some handicrafts on sale making by their hands. Continue the journey you will arrive to Sillustani, which is situated in the north and about 30km away from the shore city of Puno (4100m/13500ft). This is a historical land with ancient Quechuas communities as the Aymaras, Uros, Pacajes and Paquinas and also one of the most important cultures of the Andes, the funeral towers are called Chullpas of Sillustani is considered the most impressive and the largest necropolis in the Andean world and it overlooks Lake Umayo witch offer quiet atmosphere and beautiful view of the landscape.
Continue driving through Lagunillas lagoons, Crucero Alto is the border between Puno and Arequipa department, Imata rock forest is the giant stone forest have been eroded over millions of years by the wind, rain and humidity to form the shapes of trees, animals and human figures. Enter to the reserve of Aguada Blanca and Salinas with more than 4000m - 12900ft, inside this reserve is Pampas Cañahuas, almost behind the Chachani Volcano, where the Vicuñas (Vicugna) are protected is, is one of two wild South American camelids along with the Guanaco, which lives in the high Andes. It is a relative of the Llamas and the Alpaca. Vicuñas produce small amounts of extremely fine wool. It is understood that the Incas raised Vicuñas for their wool, and that it was against the law for any but royalty to wear vicuña garments.
Around 1PM we will stop next to the reserve of Aguada Blanca Salinas for break to use the available bathroom and them you will be awarded with plenty of snack and hot drinks (lunch) above 4200m. After one hour of break we continue driving up to the highest pass as known Patapampa (4850m), this point is also recognized like the Andean or volcanic range viewpoint. Short stop for some spots of the volcanoes rang, Snow Mountain as Ampato and Chocura.
One hour more and following a nice paved road we will descend from Altiplano to Colca valley, the valley offer nice view of Colca River and Chivay town (3600m). On the way down will able groups of Llamas and Alpacas grazing and with good view for pictures.
At 3or 4PM arrive to the hotel in Chivay to make check in and then transfer to the hot spring of La Calera, where is recommend to spend no more than 2 hours.
At 7PM visit the Maria Reiche Planetarium, 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. Stay in a hotel rated with stars with private bathroom, hot shower and next day breakfast (L).
If time permit and you like to hike for 1.5 hr s from the half way down to Chivay through ancient trail seeing the change of Altiplano scenery and getting to Colca valley will be nice. If you don't like to visit the thermal pools and if time permit and if is good weather condition (Dec – April raining season) please us your tour guide in advance to arrange the trekking according your convenience.
DAY 2: CHIVAY - CONDOR CROSS VIEWPOINT - CABANACONDE - SORO - COLCA CANYON - LLAHUAR HOT SPRING
At 6AM is the breakfast in the hotel and then travel 2 hours in our private transport to the famous point in the all the Colca canyon, this places is known as the Condor Cross, on the way go there we stop to visit the small remote villages on the left bank of the canyon, villages with colonial churches surrounded by Pre-Incan terraces and spectacular mountain range.
After 1.5 hours driving will be possible to appreciate the fly of Condors or sometimes seating on the rocks, two hours spending looking this amazing and biggest bird in the world and the villages at the deepest part of this spectacular Canyon.
At 10AM continue traveling on the dirt road to Cabanaconde village (3280m), short recognize of this nice Cabanas home, this place probably the pass of the Juanita mommy (“Ice maiden”), she was founded at the top of Ampato volcano near of Cabanaconde town. From Cabanaconde we descend driving to the bottom of the canyon (deepest part). Down there is small valley named Soro (2030m) lived several farmers working the reach fields to produce much type of fruits. We start a short trek along the Colca River, crossing suspension bridge and through cactus forest on the right bank of the canyon. After 2 hours of trekking following single truck arrive to Llahuar lodge to have lunch and then free afternoon to enjoy the thermal pools next of the river or read a good book surrounded by pure and quiet nature.
At 7PM will be country dinner served in nice dining room with the best view of the canyon and under starry sky, tonight you will sleep in the bamboo cabins, the cabins are without bath and hot shower, the roof and the walls are builder with bamboo and we recommend bringing your headlamp or flashlight to walk between the room and the bath or to the restaurant. The cabins are very simple but charm enough for one night with local family (B - L - D).
DAY 3: LLAHUAR LODGE - HUAMBO - EL PEDREGAL - AREQUIPA
At 5/6AM will be the breakfast as we watch the sunrise light up the canyon. A short (two hour) relatively level trek along the left bank of the Colca River, takes us across abandoned terraces completely covered by cactus through a small valley called Soro (2050m). All too quickly we pass abandoned farms and several working farms, pick our last tuna (January to April), offered by the farmers and then we cross a suspension bridge over the Colca river to meet our 4WD. It's a breathtaking drive back up the canyon along a serpentine road smoothly executed by our experienced drivers. The views beckon us to make several photographic stops because it's hard to imagine that what's to come can quite match the current scene. The magnificent views continue for the next as we make our way to Huambo (2900m), a village surrounded by green terraces, a lovely town square, and a different group of people (do you know their ethnic identity?) wearing different local dress. At the highest point of our journey in the Andean range, at the "Mirador del Ampato" we have a good view of the Ampato, a snow covered mountain. In 1995 the mummy of 14 year old "Juanita" was found by climbers. We continue on to see two small volcanoes in the vast Pampa de Qerqe (whose summit is only 300m). We travel down to the coast till the Pan American highway to Arequipa - Normally we arrive to the hotel around 6PM and end of service (B - L).
PUNO COLCA CANYON AREQUIPA TOUR INCLUDES
- Assistance at the airport or bus station of Puno
- Private 4WD transport from Puno to Colca canyon and then to Arequipa
- All mentioned tour with English-speaking guide
- All entrance to the national park of the Colca canyon (some tour operators don't include this ticket)
- All mentioned meals according tour itinerary
- 1 night in the selected hotel in Chivay (3600m), the hotel is rated with 3 stars category with private bath, hot shower, heated and the next day breakfast
- Visit the Planetarium of Maria Reiche - Chivay (Casa Andina)
- 1 night in the rustic lodge (bamboo cabins) with shared bath and available thermal pools
- Daily briefing of the next day tour
- Oxygen and first aid kit for participants and our camp staff
- Food and accommodation for our camp staff
|TOUR SCHEDULE & COST 2014
(even the rain season)
|PUNO COLCA CANYON AREQUIPA BY PRIVATE 4x4 AND GUIDED TOUR $515 USD Per Person
Discover The Tiahuanaco, Collahuas And The Cabanas World - 3 Days
|Backpacker Service (Shared 4x4)
Private Service (Private 4x4/Guide)
2 participants $515 USD each one
3-4 participants $443 USD each one
5 to more participants $393 USD each one
Discount: $5 USD 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: 4 participants per guide and 4x4 transport.
BOOK HERE: We highly recommended to book this tour prior you arrive to Peru.
All prices stated above are subject to change.
Exchange rate $1USD = S/. 3.02 (rate may vary daily).
DOES NOT INCLUDED
- Soft and alcoholic drinks
- Hotel in Puno and Arequipa
- Not mentioned meals
- Entrance to the hot spring ($6 USD per person)
- Optional excursions can be arranged in each destiny
- International and internal flight tickets from to Lima
- International airport tax $28.24 USD per person
- Extra nights in hotels
- Travel insurance
- Tip for guide and camp staff
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ADVICE FOR VISITORS
This tour is organized for all edges, don't demands good physical condition because there not hard activities to do. We recommend to book 3/4 months prior you arrive to Puno.
PERU ADVENTURE TOURS recommend to bring your own headlamp for the trekking time (second night).
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING/CARRY
- Rain gear for the raining season (December - March)
- Waterproof boots
- One complete change of clothing
- Flashlight and batteries will be need in the second night at Llahuar lodge
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun
- Sun block (sun protection cream)
- Insect repellent
- Toiletries, towel and toilet paper
- Camera, plenty of film and spare batteries
- Good sunglasses
- Swimsuits, on the tour are many possibilities to find hot spring
- Personal first aid kit
- Extra money (soles)
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