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Arequipa (The white city) is a beautiful colonial town in a fertile valley. Arequipa is the departure city for tours and excursions to the Colca Canyon valley. The Colca Canyon is one of the most special canyons in the world because of the condor habitat.

Day 1: Arequipa

On day 1 we arrive in Arequipa and settle into our hotel.

Day 2: Arequipa - Chivay

The journey begins in Arequipa with a nice breakfast and departure by bus towards the Colca Valley. This drive will take us across Pampa Cañahuas at the Aguada Blanca National Reserve. Pampa Cañahuas is the habitat of herds of vicuñas.

Along the way we will also stop at the Mirador de los Andes, the crater of Chucura and the Mirador of Chivay, where locals still use pre-Columbian terraces. When we arrive in Chivay, we will get settled into our hotels. In the afternoon you will have spare time to visit the thermal and medical baths.

Day 3: Chivay - Condor’s Cross - Arequipa

Early in the morning we leave to the Condor's Cross. This is where the condor maybe can be spotted flying in circles above lush pre-Hispanic terraces, most of which are still used by farmers today. Here you can enjoy the impressive panorama view of Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world (3,000 m/9,843 ft).

On our way back to Chivay, we will visit the Mirador of Chinina. There we will find the famous hanging tombs and the Hanging Bridge of Sifón that connects the town of Yanque with Coporaque.

In Yanque, we will visit its beautiful church and other attractions while walking on its stone streets. We will then drive to the observation points of Choquetipo, Artahuilque and Maca to enjoy spectacular views of the Colca Valley. In the evening we will return to Arequipa and spend the night in a hotel.

Day 4: Arequipa

After breakfast, we will take you to the local airport or bus station.

Included:

  • Professional bilingual (English/Spanish) Tour Guide.
  • 2 nights accommodation in Arequipa.
  • 1 night accommodation in the Colca Valley.
  • Excellent meals.

What You Need to Bring:

  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended but not required).
  • Walking boots, rubber boots are recommended for the rainy season (January through April).
  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho.
  • Sandals.
  • Binoculars.
  • Comfortable trousers.
  • Sun hat.
  • Sun protection cream (SPF 35 or +).
  • Insect repellent.
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or a hydration pack such as Camelbak.
  • Toiletries.
  • Personal medication.
  • Camera.
  • Torch with spare batteries (headlamps are useful).
  • Cash in local currency (Peruvian Soles) for tips.

Optional Items to Bring:

  • Shorts.
  • Bathing suit.
  • Bandages or moleskin.

Optional Services (Not Included):

  • Entrance to La Calera hot springs (approx S/.10 or $ 3 USD).
  • City-tour with excusions to the main square (Plaza de Armas), cathedral, churches, and the famous 16th century convent Santa Catalina.
  • Additional night(s) in Arequipa.
  • Bus connections to Puno, Cuzco or Nazca.
  • Flight connections to Cuzco, Lima or Juliaca.

Cusco Native is a company comprised of certified and licensed local tour guides. All tours booked with Cusco Native are led and staffed by Cusco Native employees. We will never pass you onto another tour company for your trek. We are a local company with professional employees and guides who are knowledgeable in all of the main (like the Inca Trail) and alternative (like Lares, Salkantay,Choquekirao to Machu Picchu) treks.