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Recognized as one of the largest natural canyons on our planet, the Colca Canyon Valley offers some of the most beautiful natural settings in the Andes mountain range, as well as a great opportunity for adventure sports, such as hiking inside the Canyon or climbing the gigantic volcanoes and snow-capped mountains that surround Arequipa. Deep in the canyon, there are green oases adorned with tropical palm trees and relaxing hot springs where all travelers are welcome. The Colca Valley is a small paradise, where a large river, created millions of years ago, still flows through the agricultural fields of the native people of the area.
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.
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.