2d / 1n - From Puno to Colca Canyon
From Lake Titicaca Traverse the immense and solitary “Altiplano – highland plains” towards Colca canyon one of the deepest in the world and realize how abrupt and stunning is the Andean geography, there have the opportunity the see the majestic flight of the Andean condor. Whose wingspan measures up to 18 feet. Colca Valley is a natural wonder deserved to be seen, along the valley observe traditional villages amongst impressive Incan terracing system. Then continue to Arequipa (2,325 meters) known as the “la ciudad Blanca” (the white city) at the foot of the volcano El Misti (5,822 meters). Arequipa City is well known for its excellent climate and white volcanic stone architecture, one of the jewels of the city is the impressive Santa Catalina convent where nuns lived in complete seclusion for 400 years.
Note: This trip can start in Arequipa, ending in Puno at Lake Titicaca
Itinerary Outline OR Vice versa
• Day 01: Bus ride from Puno to Chivay at Colca Valley
• Day 02: Cruz del condor lookout point, Colca Valley tour , bus to Arequipa
Day 1 - Bus ride from Puno to Chivay at Colca Valley
At 06:15 we transfer you to the bus terminal to aboard the Bus to Chivay and travel by the endless highland plains covered by “Ichu” a type of straw adapted to high altitudes. Slowly we ascend and cross the occidental Andes range, stop at a high lookout point that domains the views over the “Lagunillas Lagoon” observe some rare Andes birds such as “Ajoya” the giant Andean coot and the Andean goose. At “Pampa Cañahuas” we observe herds of Vicuñas a type of Andean camelid. On the way we get to another high pass (4,950 m) called the Volcanoes lookout. Before descending to Colca Valley. At 12:00h. Arrival to Chivay city. Transfer to your elected hotel. You can have lunch at the hotel or at some of the restaurants at the main square. At 16:00 our guide will pick us up to enjoy a deserved relaxation at the thermal waters of la Calera, recommended bringing swimming suit, but can be rented At la Calera. By night dinner accompanied with a folkloric show.
If you have elected the exclusive Colca Lodge Hotel located near Yanque Village, then you just remain at The hotel because it has private thermal waters and excelent facilities like SPA, warm pool, and others
Overnight at Chivay Hotel.
Day 2 - Cruz Del Condor & Arequipa
Early after Breakfast our guide will take you to “Mirador Cruz del Condor”, one of the best view points to see the impressive depth of canyon stretching nearly 4,000 ft bellow, and the spectacular flight of the condor, in days with the ideal thermal air currents can be seeing many of them mastering the deep canyon. On the way back we will stop at Maca and Yanque villages and see its picturesque colonial churches with some snow peak glaciers behind on the distance. From the lookouts of Choquetico and Antahuille you will observe impressive Incan and pre – Incan terracing system covering part of the valley. As well your guide will show you lytic models that demonstrate the advanced hydraulic planning of the ancient engineers. Back at Chivay main square we enjoy of lunch before continuing to Arequipa. The bus ride takes again scenic landscapes, arrival to Arequipa at 17:30 hour approximately. Accommodation at your comfortable hotel. In the evening explore this gorgeous city by your own and enjoy the recognized local cuisine in one of the recommended Arequipa Restaurants. We highly recommend seeing our extensions.
Overnight in Arequipa at your elected Hotel ( not included in the program, but ask for prices and options )
- Transfer from your Puno Hotel to the bus terminal
- Tourist bus tickets from Puno to Chivay with guide
- 01 night hotel In Chival or Colca Valley , Yanque or Coporaque
- Guided visit to Mirador Cruz del Condor and Colca Valley Villages
- Entrances to the National Park ( equivalent to aprox. us$ 26.00)
- Shared Transport from Colca to your elected hotel in Arequipa
- End of services
- Entrances to La Calera Hot springs , cost = S/. 15.00 ( aprox. USD$ 5.70)
- US$ 139.00 : ( Budget Hotel) Price Per Person in Double Room
- US$ 155.00 : ( Mid Range Hotel ) Price Per Person in Double Room
- US$ 379.00 : (Casitas del colca & Hot Pools 5* ) Price Per person
- US$ 195.00 : (Colca Lodge & Spa, private Hot Springs 4*) Price per Person