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For centuries, the "White City" has served as an intellectual bastion and cradle of Peruvian literature and art. But priests and scholars are no strangers to the more earthly delights, and Arequipa is renowned for its distinctive and delicious cuisine. The city is also known as a gateway into the Colca, offering numerous trekking opportunities. The world's second deepest canyon, ringed by pre-Inca agricultural terraces carved into the steep slopes, is circled overhead by majestic condors.


Program Itinerary

We will pick you up from your Hotel at between 07:30 - 8:00 am to initiate our trip to the one of the deepest Canyons of the world, taking the highway from Yura, bordering the snow-covered Chachani mountain towards Cañahuas Pampas, we stop for Coca leaf tea at the Aguada Blanca National Park the habitat of the beautiful South American Cameloidaes, the vicuñas, alpacas, waris and llamas. In the lake of Tocra we will be able to appreciate a variety of migratory birds, sometimes flamencos. We will pass the crater of an extinct volcano (Chucura) and then stop at the famous volcanos panoramic viewpoint, at a high 4.800 meters above sea leavel. From here we will appreciate a great part of the western mountain range, where you can truly appreciate the Pre-Inca farming Terraces / platforms know as "andenerias".
Approximately 13:30, Arrival to Chivay and stop for Lunch (not included).

15:00 our private transport will transfer to us towards the colorful town "pueblito" of Coporaque, from where we will initiate an walk of approximately 2 hours, to enjoy the beautiful landscapes and nature of this side of the valley; as well as a pre-Inca cemetery located in the skirts of a mountain. You will notice that this region was intensively populated by Andean people communities.

At 17:00 on return from the walk you have the opportunity to enjoy the thermal baths in the Limekiln whose termo-medicinals waters oscillate between 35 to 38 degrees Celsius of temperature in the swimming pools. (US$ 3 entry).
20:00 Hrs Dinner (not included) accompanied of a show folkloric; be ready for the Peru andean dances.

Early breakfast, we continue 06:30 in our private transport to the view-point called " Cruz del Condor " about 1.5 hour drive into this National Park where you have a very beautiful view of the Colca Canyon. This is also the place where you should be able to observe several flying condors, sometimes passing very close to you (up to a few meters). Just near this area your tour guide will show you the Pre-inca tombs hanging in the mountains. Plenty of time to spend in this natural region for pictures and gentle walking around the San Pedro cactus area. On the return we will stop in the towns of Pinchollo, Maca and Yanque, with their beautiful colonial churches, as well as in the viewpoints of Choquetico and Antahuilque, from where we will observe impressive andeneria farming platforms of the valley, and tombs in pre-Incas scale models.

Lunch at 13:00 then Return and Arrival to the City of Arequipa 17:00 to 18:00 Hrs.


What is Included:
- Pick up from your Hotel in Arequipa.
- Private Transport to Chivay, Cruz del Condor and Colca in and return to Arequipa.
- Specialist English speaking tour guide. (a short walk on Day 1 and a guided visit at the Condor's Mirador on the 2nd morning)
- Accommodation in Chivay town at Colca Inn or Posada Chivay Hostel (Private rooms
with bathroom and showers. Breakfast included,In Double room with Breakfast included.

What is not Included:
Tourist Entry Ticket to the Colca Valley US$ 26 per person
Meals 2 lunches 1 Dinner
Entry to the Hot springs thermal baths US$ 3
Snacks and drinks

We recommend that you bring:
- Warm clothes for the night and early morning.
- Sturdy shoes
- A day pack
- Camera and recharger
- Water to drink
- Sun block
- Rain jacket
- Sun glasses, sun hat
- Mosquitoe repellent
- Bathing suit
- Money for souveneirs and drinks
- Travel towel, sandals
- Flash light, batteries

Posted by tours in machu picchu on 2012/11/19 10:20:00 (3297 reads)

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