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Observe giant Andean condors and vicuña, colourful traditions and music. Trek through one of the world’s deepest canyons inhabited by diverse and remote Andean villages where you can get a taste for the unique flavors of the region, hike among steep majestic canyon walls and soak your sore muscles in relaxing hot springs.
Arequipa Accommodation Pick-Up & Travel to Colca Canyon
Get picked up from your accommodation around 7:30 am and begin your journey to one of the deepest canyons in the world. Pass through the natural Reserva Nacional Salinas to view vicuñas, an endangered relative of the llama. Continue through the wetlands of Tocra where varieties of migratory birds can be seen, among which flamingos. Arrive in the village of Chivay for lunch before heading towards Yanque village where you will overnight. In the afternoon, you will get the opportunity to enjoy an optional short hiking with a local tour guide and marvel at the Uyo Uyo ruins and the pre-Inca terraces. You can also relax in the hot springs (at an extra cost) before going back to your accommodation.
Explore Colca Canyon & Transfer to Puno (B)
Rise early and enjoy a breakfast at 6:00 am. Half an hour later, depart to Cruz del Condor viewpoint to admire the steep canyon walls and spot majestic condors over 5 meters in length cruising gracefully and silently overhead. You will then return to Chivay for lunch, passing through a few local villages along the way such as Maca as well as the viewpoints of Choquetico and Antahuilque. Then take your transfer to Puno with few stops on the way where you will get beautiful views of volcanoes and you will pass the National Reserve Salinas and Aguada Blanca. You will arrive at Puno bus station around 07:30 pm. We wish you the best for your onward travels!
Important This is a sightseeing tour - you will mostly explore the Colca Canyon by bus. No trekking is included in the canyon. Suggestions for Colca Canyon The highest point of the trip is 4,910m and on average the other locations are approx. 3,800m. If you feel sick, it is a good idea to drink plenty of coca tea, chew coca candies or take altitude sickness medicine such as Sarochi or Diamox in extreme cases).
90+ days prior to trip departure - 85% Refund Between 30 and 89 days prior to trip departure - Charged 65% of the total booking price Between 0 and 29 days prior to trip departure - No Refund
What to bring: Sunscreen, sunglasses, clothing, long pants, snacks, rain clothes (Dec to March), a small backpack, and cash to pay the entrance fee, meals, and the hot springs.