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TOURS IN PERU

HIKING THE COLCA VALLEY  5 days / 4 night (ea)
  
Leaving from Arequipa we spend three days doing half-day hikes in different areas of the Colca Valley – fantastic views of natural landscapes and man-made terracing combined with a cultural experience: a chance to visit the villages, view the impressive Condor, at the end of the trip, an optional vehicle ride to Puno instead of returning to Arequipa for a surcharge

ItineraryI
Day 1 Arequipa 2 Corporaque/Yanque, 3 Canocota/La Calera, 4 Cruz del Cóndor/Tapay, 5 Puno (or Arequipa)
Duration
5 days / 4 nights
Season
March-December
Departures
Every Saturday

Below you can find a day-to-day description of the hike


Day 1
Arrival in Arequipa. Depending on your arrival you can arrange a city tour or a visit to the outlyingdistricts and countryside. Lunch and dinner on your own, overnight at hotel.
 
Day 2
Leaving early in the morning we head to the northeast of the city towards Yura, slowly climbing behind Mt. Chachani into the high altitude desert savannah - known as puna - crossing Pampa Cañahuas, a chance to see vicuñas and views of the volcano of Sabancaya and the snow-capped peaks above the Colca Valley passing by the village of Chivay. At Corporaque we take a half day hike starting in the village church, past the site of San Antonio and its terracing to the ruins of Uyo Uyo or Yanque Viejo at an average of 3,400 m for about 4 hours. We arrive at your local hotel for dinner and overnight.
 
Day 3
Leaving by vehicle from our lodging we head to Canocota Canyon with a visit to an archaeological site there.
We arrive at the Colca river's edge where we can see birds - torrent ducks, giant humming birds, falcons and other river birds. We walk by a colonial mine to the stone formation of Inca Salta passing clusters of cactus and other succulents, one can see "campesinos" going about their daily chores until reaching the thermal baths at La Calera - a chance to take a dip. Dinner and overnight at your local hotel at (Hike about 5 hours)

Day 4
Leaving early we head down the valley to start a hike from Cruz del Cura to Cruz del Condor - the viewing point of the king of the Andes, the Condor and a spectacular view of one of the deepest canyons of the world - cutting through these arid mountains. The Colca Valley itself is thought to harbor an area of 40,000 acres of terracing and in inca times it is believed to have had a population of 200,000 people which was decimated by diseases in the colonial era. Vestiges of intense land-use are still experienced by the visitor as we walk through the back-country visiting the villages of Maca and Yanque. Return in the afternoon to your local hotel. (4 hours hiking, Average altitude 3,400 m)
 
Day 5
Leaving early we take the main road back towards Arequipa, leaving the valley behind us. As we cross
Pampa Cañahuas we reach the intersection with the train heading to Puno at Sumbay. The main road heads to Puno, so instead of returning to Arequipa for a surcharge visitors can continue to Puno.

Included: Transportation to the Colca Valley and return, hotels in Arequipa and Colca, bilingual guide, all meals and walks as well as visits to sites in the Colca Valley.
NOT Included: Meals in Arequipa, taxes, alcoholic beverages, extras tips, laundry service, insurance and airline tickets


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