In this Valley (Colca Canyon), 8,000 hectares of land irrigation terraces were found, which at the same time prevent soil erosion. Today more than 1,400 years have elapsed since the construction of these terraces and continue in operation, allowing the planting of potatoes, 32 varieties of corn, 12 of beans and up to 54 of quinoa, among other products for the consumption of the inhabitants of the region.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Arequipa – Colca|
|DEPARTURE TIME||08:30 o’clock|
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DAY 1: Arequipa
08.00 Pick up at the hotel and departure from Arequipa (2325 m.a.). We drive along the asphalt road towards Yura, crossing Pampa de Arrieros and Pampa Cañahuas, observing the incompatible vicuñas, llamas, alpacas and migratory birds, and then reaching Viscachani where we enjoy a Coca mate, to acclimatize the body, the height. Continuing with the trip appreciating the tocjras, lagunillas and bofedales and at the same time observe some migratory birds like the Flamingos, ibis. Arriving then to the highest point of the Patapampa (4830 masl), also called the viewpoint of the Volcanoes, since from there you can see the Volcanic chain in particular: the Hualcahualca, Sabancalla and Ampato, and then descend to the town of Chivay. (3600 masl) Lunch. And Accommodation in the Hotel.
In the afternoon Optional visit to the Thermal Baths of La Calera, where we will stay for a period of approximately two hours. These Baths are of thermal medicinal waters, which exceed 40 degrees C; good for bodily diseases.
In the evening, we will enjoy a dinner accompanied by a Folkloric rock.
- The visit to La Calera is only for those passengers who have their hotel located in Chivay.
- The folkloric dinner is also for those passengers who have their hotel located in Chivay, otherwise the hotels located in Yanquecuantan with restaurant.
DAY 2 – CRUZ DEL CONDOR
In the morning (05.30) breakfast at the hotel. To then leave for the Cruz del Condor where we will stay for a lapse of 2 hours approx. Place where you can appreciate the depth of the Colca Canyon and the flight of the Condor at a short distance.
In return we will observe archaeological remains, pre Inca agricultural terraces and other panoramic views of the Colca Canyon. We will pass through the villages of Pinchollo, Maca, Achoma, Yanque in the latter we will make a stop, where we can see their typical churches, their craft center, the typical clothing of its inhabitants, among others.
- Arrival to Chivay and Lunch
- Departure to Arequipa
- 5:00 p.m. Arrival Arequipa