FROM PUNO TO THE COLCA CANYON AND THEN TO AREQUIPA VIA PRIVATE 4x4 $487 USD Per Person
Guided Tour From The highest Navigable Lake To The Second Deepest Canyon In The World 2 Days - 1 Night
This private trip from Puno To Colca Canyon and then transfer to Arequipa is organized by Peru Adventure Tours since 2007 for travelers looking to save time and discover remote corners of the second deepest canyon in the world as known as “Colca Canyon” – PERU ADVENTURE TOURS invite you to purchase this trip and immerse in one of the natural and cultural wonders in southern of Peru – Traverse the immense and solitary highlands plains (Altiplano) Colca valley – This organized trip includes all highlights of Colca valley, Traditional villages among impressive Incan terracing system, volcanic landscaped, lot of Andean fauna and flora, relaxing thermal pools located next of Colca River and much more is waiting for you.
This tour from Puno to Colca canyon and then drop off in Arequipa is supported by certified tour guides, experienced drivers and fully of lodging and food along the canyon – Welcome to PERU ADVENTURE TOURS ….. Welcome to the world of Collahuas and Cabanas culture.
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DAY 1: PUNO - CRUCERO ALTO - LAGUNILLAS - PAMPAS CAÑAHUAS - CHIVAY HOT SPRING
At 7AM pick from your hotel and journey in our private 4DW or tourist van, on the way will stop at:
CRUCERO ALTO this is the highest pass between Puno and Arequipa, is above 4490m - 14457ft situated in the Santa Lucia province.
LAGUNILLAS VIEWPOINT situated on the half way between Puno and Arequipa, there series of beautiful small lagoons called Lagunillas, where is possible to see Andean Flamingos, others Andean birds and trout farms fishing on their artisan boats. Here stop to enjoy our delicious snack include the spectacular views and peaceful atmosphere.
STONE FOREST OF IMATA the giant stone forest have been eroded over millions of years by the wind, rain and humidity to form the shapes of trees, animals and human figures.
SALINAS AND AGUADA BLANCA RESERVE located at more than 4000m - 12900ft, inside this reserve is Pampas Cañahuas, almost behind the Chachani Volcano, where the Vicuñas (Vicugna) are protected is, is one of two wild South American camelids along with the Guanaco, which lives in the high Andes. It is a relative of the Llamas and the Alpaca. Vicuñas produce small amounts (about a pound per year) of extremely fine wool. It is understood that the Incas raised Vicuñas for their wool, and that it was against the law for any but royalty to wear vicuña garments.
From the Aguada Blanca and Salinas Reserve we drive up to the highest pass between Puno and the Colca canyon, the pass is named Patapampa (4850m) considerate highlands viewpoint, from where is possible to see snow caps and volcanoes, will stop every place to get short break getting pictures from all each place you like.
At 2PM we will arrive in Chivay town, located over 3600m, there will be served the lunch, after that we supply your room, leaving our stuff in the hotel OPTIONAL trekking around the Colca valley and then will be the transfer to the thermal's pools, two hours enjoying the hot spring.
At 7PM visit the Maria Reiche Planetarium, we invite you to immerse in the mysteries of the Colca Valley sky and enjoy the performance "Colca deep Canyon, deep sky". You can learn how the ancient inhabitants of the Andes interpreted the night sky according to their myths and beliefs. The performances include projecting constellations in the Planetarium dome as well as observing the stars of Colca`s sky through a professional telescope. Overnight at this town, in a selected lodging (L - D).
: After lunch you can combine horseback riding around the canyon or downhill bike trip, both tours are additional cost OR If the time permit nice downhill trekking before to arrive to Chivay, please let know us at booking time to be coordinated with the tour guide.
DAY 2: CHIVAY - CONDOR CROSS - CABANACONDE - HUAMBO - EL PEDREGAL - AREQUIPA
At 6AM is the breakfast and travel 2 hours on our transport through nice views from the river and Colca valley, colony churches, handicraft markets, green villages on the both banks of the canyon and local's people working the ancient's pre Incas terraces. At 8AM arrive to the famous Condor Cross, at this place is possible to appreciate the fly of Condors or sometimes seating on the big rocks, two hours spending looking this amazing and biggest bird in the world, also there are many villages at the deep part of this spectacular Canyon. After 2 hours at this impressive place we continue driving entering to Cabanaconde town located over 3280m. Cabanconde is considerate the home of the Cabanas people based in the agriculture activities. Driving we get another pass between Cabanaconde and Chinini, from this point we can have nice view of the majestic Colca canyon and the mountainous range. Descend on dirt serpentine road to Huambo town (3100m) surrounded by pre Inca terracing and protected by huge mountain. Stride down of Huambo valley is the deepest and arid part of the Colca canyon - At 1PM we drive up to 4300m, from here spectacular view of Ampato snowcapped (20700ft - 6310m), Hualca Hualca Mountain and part of Solimana volcano, stop for delicious picnic surrounded by pure nature and amazing landscaped.
After pleasant time viewing Ampato continue Off-Road Tour through small volcanoes valley and then descent the coastal area denominated El Pedregal (1600m). 2 hours of transfer from El Pedregal to Arequipa by the Pan-Americana highway (B - S).
OPTIONAL: You can have private transfer from El Pedregal to Nasca or Lima, another option is to catch a public to Lima or Nasca, please let us know at the booking time.
On the road from Puno to Colca canyon the tour guide will stop at two places to use the toilets. On the second day the ride will be along gravel road (unpaved road) from high Andes to the desert of the coast of Arequipa, during this trip are available basic toilets in Huambo and El Pedregal. The tour includes plenty of snack during the journey.
PUNO COLCA CANYON AND AREQUIPA TOUR INCLUDES
- Private 4DW or tourist van
- Experienced English-speaking tour guide
- 1 night in nice hotel in the Colca valley
- Entrance fee to the National Park - Colca Canyon (some tour operators don't include this ticket)
- 2 hours of short trekking
- 1 breakfast - 2 lunches - 1 snack - 1 dinner with life music show (Optional)
- Visit the Planetarium Maria Reiche/Projecting constellations (Optional)
- First aid kit for all participants and our cam staff
- Food and accommodation for our camp staff
|TOUR SCHEDULE & COST 2015
|FROM PUNO TO THE COLCA CANYON AND THEN TO AREQUIPA VIA PRIVATE 4x4 $487 USD Per Person
Guided Tour From The highest Navigable Lake To The Second Deepest Canyon In The World 2 Days - 1 Nigh
|Backpacker Service (Join group)
Private Service (Private guide & 4x4)
2 participants $487 USD each one
3-4 participants $417 USD each one
5 to more participants $344 USD each one
|Discount: $5 USD for South American Explorers Club Members
Discount 3%: Tour Operators or Travel Agencies Only
Students: $5 USD discount only with valid green ISIC card
|Organized Groups: We offer private service and any time/day according request
|Group size: 6 participants per each guide
|BOOKING: We highly recommended to book space prior you arrive to Peru
All prices stated above are subject to change.
Exchange rate $1 USD = S/. 3.02 (rate may vary daily).
- Alcoholic drinks
- Breakfast on the first day
- Tips for guide and camp staff
- Horseback riding or bike tours (this option are able to do between Chivay and Yanque on the first day)
- Fishing gear
- Hotel in Puno and Arequipa
- Entrance to the hot spring in Chivay $4 USD per person
November to April, some high passes are covered with snow making difficult to travel. This tour leave every day even the rain season.
BEST TIME FOR TRAVEL
After rain season (April to June) the mountains are completely covered with snow and the slops are cover with new vegetation and wildlife amazing and spectacular views for photos lovers.
ADVICE FOR TRAVEL
On the rain season take you rain gear and some medicines for altitude, some of this medication are Coramina or Soroche pills both can be buy in the local pharmacies.
Take swimsuit to enjoy thermal baths on the first day (Chivay or Yanque). We strongly recommend to choose Yanque for spend the night at this quiet town.
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING/CARRY
- Small backpack
- Rain jacket or poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Puno/Peru)
- Tennis shoes
- One complete change of clothing
- Water bottle during the travel between Puno and Colca valley
- Hat or cap to protect you from the sun
- Sun block (sun protection cream)
- Insect repellent
- Toiletries, towel and toilet paper
- Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits etc
- Camera, plenty of film and spare batteries
- Swimsuit (for the hot springs in Chivay)
- Extra money (soles)
- According the program you don't will back to Puno, which means to bring all stuff with you
For more information about the tour or you request a new date to departure for this tour, please contact us....
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