- The Colca Valley is an area of astounding scenic beauty, with giant Andean terraces and a deep canyon that reaches a depth of 3,140 meters. A journey to the Colca Valley will take you through high Andean plateau, reaching at one point a high pass of 4,800 meters, which offers fine views of the volcanoes of Arequipa.
Day 1AREQUIPA – PAMPA CANAHUAS NATIONAL RESERVE – COPORAQUE
We will depart at 7:30 am from Arequipa, driving 160 km to the town of Chivay .
At the beginning of our excursion we will enjoy the majestic views of the Misti, Chachani and PichuPichu volcanoes before approaching the National Reserve of “Pampa Cañahuas”, where our transportation will make a short stop to observe the Vicuñas . Moving on we will arrive to “Pata Wasi”.
Continuing on the road we will pass “Tocra”,where we will observe lakes with migrant birds and get pictures of the “Antiplano” with its Llamas and Guanacos , where we’ll observe the volcanoes Ampato, Sabancaya, Hualca-Hualca, Mismi , and the “Cordillera de Chila”.
After lunch your guide will invite you to a short walk through Coporaque.
Day 2CRUZ DEL CONDOR VIEW POINT – CHIVAY.
We’ll have our breakfast very early in the morning and leave to the famous “Cruz del Condor” point. Arrive to to view point and time enough to have an enjoyable view of the deep of the Canyon and if the weather permits; majestic pictures of the flight of the Condors.After a coordinated time, our guide will take you for a short walk near the Canyon (1 hour aprox.) On the way back to Chivay we’re going to visit the traditional village of Pinchollo and the “Antahuilque viewpoint”, where wonderful 1,500 year old terraces, constructed by the Collaguas, a culture well before the Incas’ time, can be observed. We also will make a stop at the look-out point of “Choquetico” with its hanging tombs “Tumbas colgantes“, and take a look to the litomaqueta, a model of the canyon terraces carved in a rock. We will continue visiting Maca, an Andean community that experienced an earthquake in November of 1991 and the village of Yanque with the most beautiful church in the valley.