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Observe giant Andean Condors and Vicuña as well as colorful traditions and local music. Later, get a taste for the unique flavors of the region by enjoying Andean cuisine, and relax in the natural hot springs of Chivay.
The deepest part of the Colca Canyon is registered between the Ampato mountain (6310m) and the Coropuna mountain (6377m), on the left bank of the canyon there is a small town called Huambo and directly below this town is the Cancco Valley (1720m). which is the deepest point that reaches a depth of 4590 meters. The canyon is home to the Andean condor, they can be seen up close as they fly through the cliffs. The Condor is the main tourist attraction, you can see their flight from the “Cruz del Condor”, it is a popular tourist stop.
You will start your day off early with a pickup from your hotel between 2:30-3:00AM. You will then take a 3-hour journey by car towards Colca Canyon, eventually reaching the town of Chivay where you will have breakfast at 6:00AM. You will then drive through the scenic landscape, passing agricultural fields, Antahuilque, the Choquetico Tombs, and the tiny village of Yanque on your way to the Cruz del Condor viewpoint. You will also be able to watch quietly and patiently for the opportunity to see the giant Andean Condor flying silently overhead from this impressive overlook point.
Afterwards, you will return to Chivay by way of Maca Village, where you can watch farmers plowing their fields, before stopping at a beautiful 18th-century colonial church. Upon arrival to Chivay, you will stop at the La Calera Hot Springs where you can relax and soak in the therapeutic pools if you wish. You will then have lunch on your own in Chivay, with free time to visit the local marketplace and main square.
At 2:00PM, you will make your way back to Arequipa visiting the viewpoint of Patapampa (at 4,800 meters), to view the Ampato Volcano, where the mummy Juanita was discovered. Afterwards, you will continue to Toqrapampa, where you can see small lagoons filled with Andean birds. Your last stop will be Pampa Cañahuas National Park, where you will be able to see llamas, alpacas and vicuñas before arriving to Arequipa at approximately 5:00PM. You will later be dropped off in the Arequipa City Center, after a fun and busy day!
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