Colca 2 days-1 night

Overview

  • Duration tour:   2d/1n.
  • Schedules: 06.00 am to 16.30 hrs.
  • Daily Departures: All Days.

Itinerary

DAY 1: Start the day early with a filling breakfast before setting off on a scenic drive to the Colca Canyon. This drive will last around 3 hours, taking you through spectacular, high altitude landscapes and will be one of the highlights of your journey into the Andes. As the road climbs up to the Reserva Nacional de Salinas y Aguada Blanca, keep your eyes open for wild vicuñas (smaller cousins of the llama) and viscachas (small rodents that resemble rabbits). At the highest point of your journey, you’ll reach Patapampa Pass, located at a breathtaking 15,300 feet (4,820 meters) above sea level. On the descent into the town of Chivay, you’ll begin to see pre-Inca agricultural terraces that characterize the landscape of the canyon. You’ll also see the Ampato, Sabancaya, and Misti volcanoes towering in the distance. Stop for lunch (not included). PM: Visit to the Calera Hot Springs, renowned for the therapeutic effects of its thermal waters. You can either take a dip in the natural baths or just take in the stunning scenery.

DAY 2: Early this morning, you’ll meet your guide and drive to the Mirador Cruz del Condor, one of the best viewpoints over the canyon and home to the famed condors that gracefully soar on the thermal currents. The road leads past picturesque villages and pre-Inca ruins dominated by the Ampato and Hualca glaciers, both visible in the distance. Once you reach Cruz del Condor, you can stand at the viewpoint and gaze into the depths of the canyon, which stretches nearly 4,000 feet below. You will return to Chivay where you can enjoy lunch (not included) or browse the local market before starting the journey by land to your Puno hotel.

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