Day 1: Arequipa – Patapampa – Chivay
This excursion starts from the city of Arequipa. We will pick you up at your hotel and head north out of the city. As we travel, we will be able to observe the Misti, Chachani and the National Reserve of Salinas and Aguada Blanca. Then, we will stop at Pampa Cañahuas. Here, we are going to take time to appreciate the diversity of plants and animals. Examples include the vicuña (its wool is considered the finest wool in the world). Then, we will arrive at the highest point of our trip, Patapampa (4900 meters above sea level). It is kknown as the “Mirador de los Andes” or the Watcher of the Andres. We will have our Lunch in Chivay, and then we will take each traveler to their hotel. In the afternoon, we can enjoy the hot springs “La Calera” (which sit at 38°C temperature). In the evening, we will have a special dinner and also enjoy a folk show.
Day 2: Chivay – Colca Canyon – Arequipa
We will get up at 5:00 am. Then, we will have a continental breakfast at the hotel. After that, we will go visit the Cruz del Cóndor, where we can observe the spectacular flight of the condors and enjoy a wonderful view of the Colca Canyon. We will stay in this place for about an hour and a half, then we will visit the traditional towns of “Pinchollo”, “Maca” and “Yanque”, where we can see different tourist attractions such as churches and terraces. We will return to Chivay for lunch, and then we will go back to Arequipa.
Professional guides: Highly trained guides for high mountain terrain and Inca history
Briefing: We will have an information session and briefing held in our office or hotel at 6:30 PM on the night before your trip starts. Briefings will last 20-30 minutes but we are always available for questions. You will receive a travel bag at this briefing, the contents of the bag must not exceed 13 lbs and must include a sleeping bag and air mattress.
Permits: All permits are guaranteed according to availability. As soon as we receive your details and deposit, we will purchase your permits.
Transportation: Transportation is included in the entire journey, bus from the point of departure to the point of return.
Equipment: We have excellent camping equipment, dining room, and two person dormitory tents
Food: Our meals are traditional and cooked by our staff cook, giving you a taste of typical Peruvian food. We respect all food restrictions, please just let us know ahead of time. All our meals are served in a family style. A snack will be provided each morning for you to enjoy along the hike.
Water: From your first day you will be provided with water for your journey. This water is boiled, and it is necessary to bring personal water bottles.
First aid: Our team is trained in first aid. In case of emergency we follow an emergency plan to provide the fastest possible attention.
Extras: We believe that personalized attention is a plus for us, so small details are very important. We are committed to creating the most authentic experience towards Machu Picchu.
Taxes and Fees: All taxes and permit fees associated with this hike are included in the list price.
Satellite phones: For us security is very important, and keeping our customers safe is our priority. We have satellite phones for emergencies or any situations that may require them.
Rentals: Every traveler needs to have their own sleeping bag when camping. Inflatable air mattresses and walking sticks are recommended. These items are not part of the tour package so if you do not wish to bring any of own the above items, you may rent them following these ratest:
Inflatable air mattress : $ 15
Walking sticks: $ 10
Sleeping bag: $ 20
Daypacks: the agency does not provide backpacks, so you must bring your own. Note; Machu Picchu does not allow backpacks over 25 lb.
Flashlights (lamps): it is recommended to bring flashlights for the campsites or headlamps
Flights: it is recommended to arrive one day before to Cusco or 2 days before. Flight delays are common in Cusco due to the frequent change of weather, therefore we recommend arrival to be a couple days before.
Safe airline: Latam
Tips: Tips are always welcome, and should be based on your travel satisfaction (not mandatory).
Travel insurance: Travel insurance is recommended, but not mandatory. Normally many people get sick with altitude sickness, so we recommend adapting 1 day or 2 days before starting a trek.
Group Tour: $ 550per person, This means the journey is open for other Altitude travelers to join you. Our guide is prepared for different walking rhythms.
Note: If you want a private tour you can contact our representative to set the prices