PUNO COLCA CANYON TOUR $327 USD per person
Visit The Collasuyo Civilization And The Colca Canyon 2 Days
PUNO COLCA CANYON TOUR ITINERARY
DAY 1: PUNO - CRUCERO ALTO - LAGUNILLAS - PAMPAS CAÑAHUAS - CHIVAY HOT SPRING
At 7am pick from your hotel and journey in our private 4DW or tourist van, on the way will stop at:
CRUCERO ALTO this is the highest pass between Puno and Arequipa, is above 4490m - 14457ft situated in the Santa Lucia province.
LAGUNILLAS VIEWPOINT situated on the half way between Puno and Arequipa, there series of beautiful small lagoons called Lagunillas, where is possible to see Andean Flamingos, others Andean birds and trout farms fishing on their artisan boats. Here stop to enjoy our delicious snack include the spectacular views and peaceful atmosphere.
STONE FOREST OF IMATA 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.
SALINAS AND AGUADA BLANCA RESERVE located at 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 (about a pound per year) 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.
From the Aguada Blanca and Salinas Reserve we drive up to the highest pass between Puno and the Colca canyon, the pass is named Patapampa (4850m) considerate highlands viewpoint, from where is possible to see snow caps and volcanoes, will stop every place to get short break getting pictures from all each place you like.
OPTIONAL: If the time permits downhill trekking before to arrive to Chivay please let know us at booking time to be coordinated with the tour guide.
At 1pm we will arrive in Chivay town, located over 3600m, there will be served the lunch, and then transfer to the thermal pools of La Calera to enjoy the hot spring.
Around 5pm will be the transfer from Chivay to Cabanaconde (3280m) where is located the hotel with private bath and hot shower (3*).
The dinner will be served in this little town under starry sky (L - D).
TIP: On the road from Puno to Colca canyon the tour guide will stop at two places to use the toilets. On the second day the ride will be along gravel road (unpaved road) from high Andes to the desert of the coast of Arequipa, during this trip are available basic toilets in Huambo and El Pedregal. This tour includes plenty of snacks during the journey.
DAY 2: CABANACONDE - CONDOR CROSS VIEWPOINT - CHIVAY - PAMPAS CAÑAHUAS - PUNO
At 6am will be country breakfast and 2 hours of trekking along the canyon following nice even trail with chance to appreciate condors flying the second deepest canyon in the world. At 9am arrive to the Condor Cross viewpoint and wait for the Condors flights. Continue our private tour visiting several remote villages on the right bank of Colca canyon, where is possible to see colonial churches, handicraft markets and local, mountainous range and large area of terraces. Arrive to Chivay to have lunch and if time permit visit the hot spring of LA CALERA. Transfer to Puno through active volcanoes and snow-capped as Misti, Chachani, Chucura, Mismi, and Ubinas volcano. After 6 hours of nice journey arrive to the hotel in Puno located at 3800m (B - L).
PUNO COLCA CANYON TOUR INCLUDES
- Official English speaking guide
- Private 4WD from Arequipa - Colca Canyon - Puno
- 1 night nice hotel in Cabanaconde (3280m)
- Entrance fee to the National Park - Colca Canyon (some tour operators don't include this ticket)
- Entrance to the hot spring of La Calera
- 2 hours of short trekking along the Colca canyon
- 1 breakfast - 2 buffet lunches - 1 dinner with life music show
- Oxygen and first aid kit for all participants and our cam staff
- Food and accommodation for our camp staff
|TOUR SCHEDULE & COST 2013
|PUNO COLCA CANYON TOUR $327 USD per person
From The Highest Navigable Lake To The Second Deepest Canyon In The world - 3 Days
|Backpacker Service (Join group)
Private Service (Private guide & 4x4)
2 participants $327 USD each one
3-4 participants $297 USD each one
5 to more participants $241 USD each one
|Discount: $5 USD of discount for South American Explorers Club
Discount 3%: Discount for Travel agencies and travel agents
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: 6 participants per each guide
|BOOKING: 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).
- Travel insurance
- Soft and alcoholic drinks
- Breakfast on the first day
- Tipping for guide and camp staff
- Horseback riding or bike tours (this option are able to do between Chivay and Yanque on the first day)
- Fishing gear
- Hotel in Puno and Arequipa
- Entrance to the hot spring in Chivay $6 USD per person
November to April, some high passes are covered with snow making difficult to travel. This tour leave every day even the rain season.
BEST TIME FOR TRAVEL
After rain season (April to June) the mountains are completely covered with snow and the slops are cover with new vegetation and wildlife amazing and spectacular views for photos lovers.
ADVICE FOR TRAVEL
On the rain season take you rain gear and some medicines for altitude, some of this medication are Coramina or Soroche pills both can be buy in the local pharmacies.
Take swimsuit to enjoy thermal baths on the first day (Chivay or Yanque). We strongly recommend to choose Yanque for spend the night at this quiet town.
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING/CARRY
- Small backpack
- Rain jacket or poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Puno/Peru)
- Tennis shoes
- One complete change of clothing
- Water bottle during the travel between Puno and Colca valley
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun
- Headlamp will be needed on the second night
- Sun block (sun protection cream)
- Insect repellent
- Toiletries, towel and toilet paper
- Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits etc
- Camera, plenty of film and spare batteries
- Swimsuit (for the hot springs in Chivay)
- Extra money (soles)
- According the program you don’t will back to Puno, which means to bring all stuff with you
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