AREQUIPA – COLCA CANYON – PUNO
03Days Group Service
RUMBO EXPLORA have carefully selected the best transport options, with guided visits between Arequipa and Colca Canyon, all year around. RUMBO EXPLORA offer you the possibility to make your transport reservation, due that not all transport companies have an automatic booking system. We will confirm your reservation within 24 hours.
03DAYS AREQUIPA – COLCA CANYON – PUNO
|TOURIST BUS IN GROUP SERVICE||INCLUSIONS / EXCLUSIONS|
US$80.00 per person
|Inclusions: Tourist bus in group service for 03Days Arequipa – Colca Canyon – Puno, English-Spanish speaking guide, stops en route at points of interest, guided visit look-out of condor and stops at local villages.
Exclusions: For hotels located out of Chivay village there is an additional charge. Entrance tickets US$22.00 dollars or S/70.00 soles per person. Meals, hotel and others not mentioned in the program.
|Day 01: Arequipa-Colca Canyon + stops
Pick up time from hotel: 7:30 – 8:00am
Departure: 8:00am Arrival: 13:00pm
|Distance Arequipa – Chivay: 165 km|
|Day 02: AM Tour to Condor PM Afternoon at leisure
Pick up time from hotel: 6:15 – 6:30am
Depart: 06:30am Return: 12:00pm
|Distance Chivay – Cross of Condor: 42 Km|
|Day 03: AM Morning at leisure PM Connection Colca Canyon – Puno
Depart: 13:00pm Arrival: 19:00pm
|Distance Chivay – Puno: 314km|
03DAYS AREQUIPA – COLCA CANYON – PUNO
DESCRIPTION OF ITINERARY:
DAY 01: AREQUIPA – COLCA CANYON + STOPS AT POINTS OF INTEREST: Early morning around 7:30 – 8:00am a driver & guide will pick you up from the hotel in Arequipa (Peru) then you will be driven to Colca Canyon which is located 165 km away from Arequipa and 40 km from Chivay town, during the journey we will pass near to the foot of the volcano Misti, and then by pampas Cañahuas place where there is the National Reserve of Vicuña (wild camels with the finest wool in the world). Here you can see the snowy peaks of Misti, the Vizcachani, The Pulpera Callalli, Sibayo and Tuti Village, the giant rocks castles as well as the flora and fauna. We will make a brief stop at restaurant Patahuasi to take some hot drinks or go to the bathroom. Then we are going to ascend up to 4910 meters, place called Patapampa, from there you can clearly see the Grand Canyon of the Colca, the snowcapped volcano Misti (Arequipa). According to the Andean custom, formerly travelers crossed mountains and left in their way on the highest part of the path (apachetas) small stones making a wish and leaving all the fatigue in these stones, for this reason that there are on this place (Patapampa) many piles of rocks left by the travelers. Then we descend to Chivay, a small village on the river of the Colca Valley. We arrive to the village of Chivay approximately at 01:00 pm. Lunch in Chivay village. In the afternoon we will visit the hot springs (optional). Overnight in Colca valley.
DAY 02: TOUR TO CONDOR + STOPS AT LOCAL VILLAGES: Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning around 6:15 – 6:30am a driver & guide will pick you up from the hotel to take you to the viewpoint cross of Condor to appreciate the majestic flight of the condor. The condor world’s largest bird can fly up to 7000 m of height and live up to 85 years approximately. In Inca times the condor was considered a very special divinity because linked the hanan pacha (The world above) with kay pacha (The world of here). There is a clear hierarchy at lunch time, because the adult males will eat first, then adult females and finally young condors, usually the condor are a scavenger (feeding on large mammals). Usually you can see the condor in the morning, at which time they go out of their caves to hunt mammals. The Colca Canyon, one of the deepest in the world, which was studied and measured in 2005 by the Polish Andrew Pietowski over 4160m (north side) and 3600m (south side), located in the district of Huambo. The origin of the Colca Canyon is tectonic and formed 150 million years ago. Returning to Chivay on route we will observe the Inca terraces along Colca canyon, likewise some villages as Yanque, Achoma and Maca. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Colca valley.
DAY 03: COLCA CANYON – PUNO: Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure. Then around 12:30 – 12:45pm you will meet with other driver & guide for your connection journey to Puno (Perú), a car trip of 6:00 hours, during the journey we will pass over Patapampa 4910m, and Crucero Alto 4528m (limit Arequipa – Puno), making stops on route at restaurant Patahuasi for some hot drinks or go the bathroom and at Lagunillas lake to observe the Andes mountain range over 5000m and some birds. Afterwards you will be driven along the high plateau (altiplano) to Puno, town located at 3827m, on the shores of the Lake Titicaca craddle of Andean civilizations. Arrival in Puno (Peru), then transfer to hotel.
WHAT IS INCLUDED: Tourist bus in group service, English-Spanish speaking guide for 03Days, stops en route at points of interest as Pampa Cañahuas National Reserve of Vicuñas, Patahuasi Restaurant, Aguada Blanca & Tojra, Patapampa View Point of Volcanoes (4910m), connection to Puno. Besides pre-trip information + organization and all local taxes. There are no hidden extras in our prices.
NOT INCLUDED: Entrance fees to Colca valley S/. 70.00 soles (Peruvian currency) or US$22 (USA dollars), accommodation, transport for hotels located out of Chivay village, entrance fees to hotsprings La Calera, meals, drinks, extras, tips.
IMPORTANT: Our tourist transportation vehicles have nation wide circulation permit and 2 types of insurance (Certificate of Statutory Accident Insurance Transit SOAT, besides has vehicle Insurance Policy to all risks in record) + oxygen & first aid kit + panoramic windows + reclining & confortable seats, exclusive for our demanding customers. Rumbo Explora provide to visitors all possible choices. Beware with illegal local Tour Operators or middleman, who do not pay the real costs to suppliers (transport, local restaurants & guest houses, tour guides & drivers). Help us avoid the explotation.
|BY RUMBO EXPLORA||OTHER LOCAL OPERATORS|
|Technical specifications: Our modern & new tourist transportation vehicles: Mercedes Benz & Renault (10 to 19 seats), Minibus (25 to 30 seats), Buses (40 seats)||Technical specifications: Few tour operators work with good tourist transportation vehicles as: Mercedes Benz & Renault (10 to 19 seats), Minibus (25 to 30 seats), Buses (40 seats)|
|First Aid Kit & Services: Oxygen & first aid kit, telephone charger and maps, which led us to be one of the best tour operators in the southern Perú.||First Aid Kit & Services: Few tour operators provide this service.|
|Insurance policy: Our tourist transportation vehicles have national permit circulation and 2 types of insurance (Certificate of Statutory Accident Insurance Transit SOAT, besides has vehicle Insurance Policy to all risks in record)||Insurance policy: Most of tour operators work with vehicles which have local permits only.|
|Tours guides: We put at your disposal the most qualified staff of tourist guides, with degree of the Institute (3 years) or University (5 years) and certified from the language center of the university and Peruvian-American Cultural Center (US Embassy) with a high level of English.||Tours guides: Some travel agencies are not paying their guides or drivers, hiring them without experience. We are sure that you will be forced to buy souvenirs during the journeys with higher prices, and the guides will try living of their commissions, which can be a bad experience for you. ¡Be aware!
You can see that in Rumbo Explora we have developed for you tailor-made itineraries with the best price as competitive as possible, providing an excellent service and paying our guides 10% above the legal wage agreed with the tour guides in Peru. Our staff are some of the best paid in Cusco & Machupicchu, Puno & Lake Titicaca, Arequipa & Colca canyon, Lima and Nazca & Paracas, which allows us to attract only the Best Tour Guides, Motor Boats and Land Transportation with national permit, to none other local company, that can only provide a cheaper price by providing a far inferior service and saving on staff costs, ¿How? Hiring tour guides in training without experience and not paying them, besides avoiding taxes to government.
Big Travel companies from Europe, North America, Australia and others work with the Peruvian Tour Operators located in Lima-Peru, who work as middlemen receiving from them good prices from the Tours & Packages, and paying to us 40 to 50% minor the normal price, besides 2 to 3 months delayed, being this the reason that Rumbo Explora have decided to offer tours & packages directly to travelers.