PUNO COLCA CANYON PUNO BY PRIVATE GUIDED VAN $427 USD per person
From The Highest Navigable Lake To The Second Deepest Canyon In The world - 3 Days
Private guided tour from Puno to Colca canyon and then to Arequipa is developed for travelers looking to connect from Lake Titicaca to the second deepest canyon in the world and finalize in Arequipa as known “The White city of Peru”.
PERU ADVENTURE TOURS runs this 4x4 tour over the Altiplano of Puno and Arequipa region, this journey includes visit the deepest part of the Colca canyon, the most popular point to see the Andean Condor.
Along the way also is possible to see the Llamas, Alpacas and Vicuñas (South American camelids) grazing in the Altiplano. Local farmers are still working the ancient terraces along the both bank of the Colca River.
We invite you to make your reservation far way in advance and discover the home of these three cultures based in the high mountains of Peru.
PUNO COLCA CANYON PUNO TOUR ITINERARY
DAY 1: PUNO - SILLUSTANI FUNERAL TOWERS - CHIVAY HOT SPRING
At 7am you will be picked up from your hotel in Puno and then you will aboard our private van to travel through the Altiplano of Puno region to visit the funeral towers of Sillustani. On way go there we will stop at Atun Qolla community to visit the local family, the will show us they daily art craft and little about their agricultural production. To visit the local family will be one the best experienced to introduce to the Andean life over 3800m. If you like taste help the economy of this people there are some handicrafts on sale making by their hands. Continue the journey you will arrive to Sillustani, which is situated in the north and about 30km away from the shore city of Puno (4100m/13500ft). This is a historical land with ancient Quechuas communities as the Aymaras, Uros, Pacajes and Paquinas and also one of the most important cultures of the Andes, the funeral towers are called Chullpas of Sillustani is considered the most impressive and the largest necropolis in the Andean world and it overlooks Lake Umayo witch offer quiet atmosphere and beautiful view of the landscape.
Continue driving through Lagunillas lagoons, Crucero Alto is the border between Puno and Arequipa department, Imata rock forest is 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. Enter to the reserve of Aguada Blanca and Salinas with 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 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.
Around 1pm we will stop next to the reserve of Aguada Blanca Salinas for break to use the available bathroom and them you will be awarded with plenty of snack and hot drinks (lunch) above 4200m. After one hour of break we continue driving up to the highest pass as known Patapampa (4850m), this point is also recognized like the Andean or volcanic range viewpoint. Short stop for some spots of the volcanoes rang, Snow Mountain as Ampato and Chocura.
One hour more and following a nice paved road we will descend from Altiplano to Colca valley, the valley offer nice view of Colca River and Chivay town (3600m). On the way down will able groups of Llamas and Alpacas grazing and with good view for pictures.
At 3or 4pm arrive to the hotel in Chivay to make check in and then transfer to the hot spring of La Calera, where is recommend to spend no more than 2 hours.
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. Stay in a hotel rated with stars with private bathroom, hot shower and next day breakfast (L - D).
OPTIONAL: If time permit and you like to hike for 1.5 hr s from the half way down to Chivay through ancient trail seeing the change of Altiplano scenery and getting to Colca valley will be nice. If you don't like to visit the thermal pools and if time permit and if is good weather condition (Dec – April raining season) please ask your tour guide in advance to arrange the trekking according your convenience.
DAY 2: CHIVAY - CONDOR CROSS VIEWPOINT - CABANCONDE - SORO - COLCA CANYON - LLAHUAR HOT SPRING
At 6am is the breakfast in the hotel and then travel 2 hours in our private transport to the famous point in the all the Colca canyon, this places is known as the Condor Cross, on the way go there we stop to visit the small remote villages on the left bank of the canyon, villages with colonial churches surrounded by Pre-Incan terraces and spectacular mountain range.
After 1.5 hour driving will be possible to appreciate the fly of Condors or sometimes seating on the rocks, two hours spending looking this amazing and biggest bird in the world and the villages at the deepest part of this spectacular Canyon.
At 10am continue traveling on the dirt road to Cabanaconde village (3280m), short recognize of this nice Cabanas home, this place probably the pass of the Juanita mommy (“Ice maiden”), she was founded at the top of Ampato volcano near of Cabanaconde town. From Cabanaconde we descend driving to the bottom of the canyon (deepest part). Down there is small valley named Soro (2030m) lived several farmers working the reach fields to produce much type of fruits. We start a short trek along the Colca River, crossing suspension bridge and through cactus forest on the right bank of the canyon. After 2 hours of trekking following single truck arrive to Llahuar lodge to have lunch and then free afternoon to enjoy the thermal pools next of the river or read a good book surrounded by pure and quiet nature.
At 7pm will be country dinner served in nice dining room with the best view of the canyon and under starry sky, tonight you will sleep in the bamboo cabins, the cabins are without bath and hot shower, the roof and the walls are builder with bamboo and we recommend bringing your headlamp or flashlight to walk between the room and the bath or to the restaurant. The cabins are very simple but charm enough for one night with local family (B - L - D).
OPTIONAL downhill trekking from Cabanaconde village to Llahuar lodge, this trek takes around 5 hours descending 1280m through serpentine trail. We recommend bringing just water, camera, headlamp and rain coat (Dec - April) to protect you from the rain. This OPTIONAL trek will need to be confirmed at the booking time to coordinate with the tour guide.
DAY 3: LLAHUAR HOT SPRING - TREKKING UP TO CABANACONDE - CONDOR CROSS VIEWPOINT - PUNO
At 4 wakes up for have breakfast and begin ascent of three hours on the left rim of the Colca Canyon, to Cabanaconde (3280m). We walk up 1100m; this is the last hard and steep stony trail to leave from the Colca Canyon.
At 8 arrive to Cabanaconde and there we will meet our private 4x4 truck and transfer to the Condor's Cross lookout (25 min), to see the fly of the Andean Condor.
Around 10am continue driving the 4x4 truck on unpaved road to see many small towns all around the Colca Valley, colonial churches, and pre Inca terraces located in the high part of this canyon. Lunch will be served at typical restaurant in Chivay.
Transfer to Puno through active volcanoes and snow-capped as Misti, Chachani, Chucura, Mismi, and Ubinas volcano. After 6 hours of nice journey arrive to the hotel in Puno located at 3800m (B - L).
PUNO COLCA CANYON PUNO GUIDED TOUR INCLUDES
- Private 4WD transport from Puno to Colca canyon and then to Arequipa
- English-speaking tour guide
- Entrance to the Silluatani funeral towers
- Entrance to the national park of the Colca canyon (some tour operators don't include this ticket)
- All meals according the tour itinerary
- 1 night in the selected hotels in Chivay (3600m), the hotel is rated with 3 stars category with private bath, hot shower, heated and the next day breakfast
- 1 night into the Colca canyon, stay in bamboo rustic cabins with shared bath and shower
- Visit the Planetarium of Maria Reiche - Chivay (Casa Andina)
- Daily briefing of the next day tour
- Oxygen and first aid kit for participants and our camp staff
- Food and accommodation for our camp staff
- Tour price includes government sales tax (19% as known IGV)
|TOUR SCHEDULE & COST 2009
|PUNO COLCA CANYON PUNO BY PRIVATE GUIDED VAN
From The Highest Navigable Lake To The Second Deepest Canyon In The world - 3 Days
|Backpacker Service (Join group)
Private VIP Service (Private guide & 4x4)
2 participants $427 USD each one
3-4 participants $397 USD each one
5 to more participants $331 USD each one
|Discount 5%: South American Explorers Club Members
Discount 10%: 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).
Above prices include local taxes.
- 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
- Headlamp will be needed on the second night
- 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
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