Begins at: 07.30 am
Duration: 2 days/1 night
Start point: Arequipa
Itinerary: Arequipa - Chivay- Yanque - Condor's Cross - Chivay - Puno
Day 01: Arequipa – Chivay - Yanque (trekking, and hot springs)
You will be picked-up from your hotel at Arequipa between 7:30 and 8:15am and begin the trip northward. First, you will be astonished by the sights of various volcanoes like: Misty, Chachani and Pichu Pichu. Then we’ll continue through the National Reserve of Salinas and Aguada Blanca (Pampas Cañahuas) where we’ll make small stops to see the beautiful vicuñas in their natural habitat.
Afterwards we’ll move along Pataguas where you’ll se Puruña’s stone forest, formed by natural erosion. Here, half-way done, we’ll make a stop to use the restrooms and drink some coca tea. After 15 min we’ll continue into Vizcachani and the wetlands of Toccra, where you’ll see: alpacas, llamas and different varieties of wild birds. The next place we’ll visit will be Patampampa, the highest point of the trip with 4900 m.a.s.l. From here one is able to see the Chila Mountains, as well as the volcanoes: Ampato, Sabancaya, Hualca Hualca and Mismi (considered as the origin of the Amazon River).
From this point on we’ll begin to descend into the Colca’s National Park, first arriving at Chivay where we’ll have lunch. Afterwards we’ll head to our hotel: Killawasi Lodge, in the town of Yanque (fifteen minutes from Chivay). There you will be installed in a Junior Suite, comfortable rooms surrounded by beautiful scenery with private balconies or terraces. All rooms are equipped with remote controlled electric heating, clock-radio supporting iPod and Mp3 players, wireless internet, spacious bathroom with tub and hot water 24-hours, orthopedic mattresses, cotton sheets and towels, hypoallergenic pillows and all the amenities necessary to make your stay an unforgettable experience.
In the afternoon you could rest and relax in your private balconies or terraces; or if you wish, you could start with us a guided trek of approximate three hours.
During this trek we’ll visit Oqolle’s Amphitheater (Pre-Inca terraces), we’ll cross the Sifón Bridge (where you’ll see the colcas) and arrive at the Uyu Uyu ruins, from where you will see a panoramic view of the Canyon and the town of Yanque.
Before returning to the hotel we’ll visit Yanque’s hot waters located on the banks of the Colca River and after relaxing in its waters we’ll head back to the hotel where you’ll be able to enjoy a delicious dinner.
Optional: If you don’t like to do the trekking in the afternoon, you can enjoy a horse ride for extra cost ($15.00 x hour x person). We recommend two hours ride. This service has to be book at the same time of your reservation.
Day 02: Yanque- The Condor’s Cross - Puno
At 6:00am a tasty breakfast will be served in the hotel’s restaurant. Afterwards we’ll leave for the “Cruz Del Cóndor” where we’ll stay for approx. two hours. In this beautiful viewpoint one can feel the magnitude of the Colca Canyon by seeing it in all its deepness and immensity. Moreover, you’ll be able to see the flight of the condor at a very close range.
During the return we’ll pass through the towns of Pinchollo, Maca and Achoma. There, we’ll see archeological remains, Pre-Inca agricultural terraces and astonishing panoramic views of the canyon.
We’ll be arriving at Chivay at approx. 12:15 pm; we’ll have lunch there and then go on to visit the plaza.
Finally we’ll leave for the city of Puno.
01.30 pm departure to PUNO.
02.15 pm Stop at the viewpoint of the volcanoes (Patapampa-4950 msnm)
03.35 pm Stop in “Pampa Cannahuas” for coca tea and use of bathrooms.
05.00 pm Stop in “Lagunillas” (observing wild birds and small lakes)
07.30 pm Arrive at the bus station of PUNO.
End of service.
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