Pick up from the hotel at 02:00 AM, We leave Arequipa driving for 3
and a half hours towards Chivay; the capital of the Colca Canyon on
North West direction behind snow-covered Chachani. Breakfast.
Then we continue driving for 2 more hrs towards the most visited point “the Cross of the Condor” here we are able to see the depth of the canyon and the flight of the Condor.
The area presents beautiful tipical towns, like Yanque & Maca, colonial churches, gently people with tipical needlework dresses, hundreds of pre inca terraces still in use with andean growings like corn, quinua, kiwicha among others.
After Lunch we come back to Arequipa; on the way we stop at the highest pass: the view point of the Volcanoes and snow covered mountains in Patapampa (4,800 m. – 15,000 ft.). Later we will see wild vicuñas, alpacas & llamas in Pampa Cañahuas national reserve, some birds like flamingoes, ibis, andean gooze, ducks, andean eagle “Kara Kara”. (18:00 hrs. approx. Back in Arequipa).
One of the stops of our Colca Canyon day tour is the small town of Chivay. It is beautiful how the local ladies here are dressed. Their outfits are very elaborate & their fancy hats are unique to their people. We´ll have lunch at a restaurant. After lunch, time to explore the town & marketplace
Yanque and the famous Church of the Immaculate Conception of Yanque,
beautiful example of baroque style, which was built in 1690. It covers
the most beautiful temples of the Colca Valley.
Maca a village in the Colca route which is 3262 m
A major source of income for this village is agriculture, such as planting potatoes, corn, alfalfa and barley and its appeal is its beautiful pre-Inca terraces.
The canyon is home to the Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus), a species that has been the focus of worldwide conservation efforts. The condors can be seen at close range as they fly past the canyon walls, and are a popular attraction. ‘Cruz del Condor’ is a popular tourist stop to view the condors. At this point the canyon floor is 3,960 feet (1,200 m) below the rim of the canyon.
Other notable bird species present in the Colca include the Giant Colibri, the largest member of the hummingbird family, as well as the Andean Goose, Chilean Flamingo, and Mountain Caracara. Animals include vizcacha, a rabbit-sized relative of the chinchilla, zorrino, deer, fox, and vicuna, the wild ancestor of the alpaca.
It is a vast area comprising the high Andean area of the province of Arequipa, and covers the districts of Arequipa, Cayma, Yanahuara Chihuata and San Juan de Tarucani, is located behind Chachani and Misti volcanoes. It covers an area of 314.447 hectares, Cañahuas The fauna is extremely valuable. The most valuable specimen is the vicuna (Lama vicugna), the Peruvian camelid so graceful and beautiful, producer of the world’s finest wool, and therefore, as pursued by hunters predators that unless strong measures are taken to protect this animal becomes extinct. Fortunately they are getting great achievements.
Transfer back to Hotel
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