Begins at: 06.15 am
Duration: 3 days/2 nights
Start point: Puno
Itinerary: Puno - Chivay- Yanque - Condor's Cross - Chivay - Arequipa
Day 01: Puno – Chivay - Yanque (trekking, and hot springs)
You will be picked-up from your hotel in Puno between 6:15 and 6:25am to begin our trip to the Colca’s National Park. Our first stop will be in “Lagunillas”, an astonishing place where you will see migratory birds like flamingos, ibis, Andean geese, ducks and Andean eagles (“Kara Kara”).
Then we’ll continue into the National Reserve of Salinas and Aguada Blanca (Pampas Canahuas) where we’ll make small stops to see the beautiful vicunas in their natural habitat.
Afterwards we’ll move along Pataguas where you’ll see Puruna’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 we begin the descent into the Colca’s National Park arriving first to the town of Chivay around 12:30 and transfer you to Yanque in a private car arriving at the hotel 12.50 approximate. In our hotel you will be accommodated in one of our JUNIOR SUITES (spacious and comfortable rooms with private terrace surrounded by beautiful scenery, ideal environment for reading or resting. All rooms are equipped with remote controlled electric heating, clock-radio supporting iPod and Mp3 players, wireless internet, spacious bathroom with 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 can relax on your private terrace, enjoy the hotel facilities or do a short walk through the town and visit the beautiful square, their colonial church and the museum, where you can watch the replica of the Juanita mummy and well developed models of all colonial churches of the Canyon and other topics of interest.
Day 02: Trekking and hot springs (optional: horse or bike riding)
You’ll have this morning clear to relax and enjoy the hotel, or if you like we can organize for you (with an additional cost) a guided horse or bike ride. In both cases you’ll visit different points of interest around the town of Yanque.
In the case of the horse ride there’s no need to have experience with this animals. The horses are trained and used to the routes. Also, you will always count with the support of the guide. Where in the case of the bike ride you need to be in very good shape and have frequently done this activity before.
At the end of your chosen activity, you can rest on the hammocks or in your private balcony or terrace. Then if you like you can enjoy a refreshing lunch in our restaurant. In the afternoon, you could start with us a guided trek of approx. three hours. During this trek we’ll visit Oqolle’s Amphitheater (Pre-Inca terraces), we’ll cross the Sifon 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. Finally before returning to the hotel we’ll visit Yanque’s hot waters located on the banks of the Colca River. After relaxing in its waters we’ll head back to the hotel where you’ll be able to enjoy a delicious dinner.
Day 03: Yanque – Cruz del Condor - Arequipa
At 6:00 am a tasty breakfast will be served in the hotel’s restaurant and then we’ll leave for the viewpoint “Cruz Del Condor” where we’ll stay for about two hours. In this beautiful place 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 reach Chivay around 12:15 pm. And after enjoy a delicious lunch and a short break we will return to the city of Arequipa, arriving at 5:00 pm. In Arequipa we will leave you in your hotel, airport, or at the Main Plaza.
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Short group excurstions with English-speaking guides for independant travelers.
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