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All entrance fees included
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Day 1: Arequipa – Colca Valley (L) After pickup from your hotel by minivan or coach, depending on group size, you’ll make your way north of Arequipa to the Colca Valley. The spectacular drive to Colca will have you glued to your window as you drive through two skirts of volcanoes - Chachani and Pichu Pichu.
Pass through the Pampa Cañahuas Vicuna Reserve, where you’ll see vicunas (a relative of the llama) roaming freely in the highlands. Then drive past typical Peruvian villages on your way to the town of Chivay, where you’ll enjoy lunch and then have the rest of the day free to relax, get acquainted with the town and your accommodation, and have dinner on your own. If you wish, visit the nearby hot baths (own expense; your guide can provide information on this if you’re interested); if you have chosen to stay at the Colca Lodge Hotel, you can enjoy its private hot springs.
Overnight: Your selected accommodation in Chivay or at the Colca Lodge Hotel (not included)
Day 2: Colca Valley – Arequipa (L) Wake up early for the highlight of your day – a glorious view of Colca Canyon. Head with your guide to the Condor Cross viewpoint, which 3,960 feet (1,200 meters) high boasts fabulous views of the canyon, one of the deepest in the world. In addition to the canyon vistas, you’ll also hopefully catch sight of condors flying through the air. Symbols of the Andes, these enormous birds have wingspans of up to 10.5 feet (3.2 meters), and Condor Cross is one of the best places in the area to see them!
Next, visit the villages of Maca (Achoma) and Yanque, where you can admire their well-preserved colonial churches before enjoying lunch and relaxing on the drive back to Arequipa, where your tour ends.
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transport by air-conditioned coach
Entrance fee to Colca Canyon
Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Food and drinks, unless specified
Optional activities (hot springs: USD$4)
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Overnight accommodation is not included in tour price; please book your own accommodation in the village of Chivay or at the Colca Lodge Hotel, outside of town
Tour departs from downtown Arequipa hotels
Returns to original departure point at approximately 4pm on Day 2