Day 1: Arequipa – Chivay – Coporaque
In the morning, you will be met at your hotel and taken on an incredible four hour journey to Chivay.
Have your camera ready as you will stop at various stunning viewpoints including the Pampa Cañahuas Reserve, which is home to many exotic Andean animals including vicuñas, alpacas, llamas, flamingos, ibis and the Andean eagle. You will see astonishing landscapes as you drive past lakes, glaciers and some magnificent volcanoes, such as Ampato, Sabancaya, Huallca and Misti. During the journey we will reach the highest point of 4800m (15,000ft). Afterwards, we head down the canyon to Chivay and transfer in local car to Coporaque town. Arrival and typical lunch. Accommodation in the rooms and you will have the possibility of a photo session with typical clothes of Chivay. Then, we will go on foot or horseback (horse has an additional costo US$ 22.00) in order to visit the barley and corn plantations, artisanal fishing and posibilidad to enjoy the hot springs of Coporaque (additional costo US$ 5.00). Return to the lodging and there will be the possibility to accompany the lady of the house in the kitchen and learn about the inputs to use, dinner and then night campfire. Overnight.
Day 2: Coporaque – Colca – Arequipa
Breakfast. In the morning we will start your tour of the Colca Canyon. We will take you to the most wonderful places in the Colca Canyon. Along the way, we will make a few stops in small Andean villages where time seems to have stood still and Colonial architecture remains to be well saved. We travel along the canyon until we get to ‘Mirador Cruz del Condor’, which is the best viewing point where you can look into the depths of the Colca Canyon. This viewing point is 1200m deep. From here you will most likely always see a few condors flying with an amazing scenery in the background. You will have the chance for a short hike along the canyon and afterwards, you will enjoy a locally prepared lunch in Chivay (not included). Once you have taken in the refreshing air of the Colca Canyon, we will transfer you back to your hotel in Arequipa. The journey back to Arequipa will take approximately 4 hours through stunning scenery of lakes, glaciers and volcanoes.
INCLUDED: Transportation + guide + 01 lunch + 01 dinner + 01 night + activities: (photo session + visit the barley and corn plantations + artisanal fishing (check the season) + brief walk + night campfire (BTC IS NOT INCLUDED)
OPTIONALS: Horseback and Coporaque hot springs
DURATION: 2 days – 1 night
TIMETABLE: DEPARTURE 07:30-08:00hrs. – RETURN 16:00hrs.