3 days and 2 nights
Day 01: Arequipa - Chivay
We leave Arequipa very early in the morning, the route to be taken depends on the tour chosen.
a) On the off road tour we will pass in between the volcanoes Misti and Chachani; then through the natural reservation Salinas Aguada Blanca; continuing through Pampa Cañahuas; the Colca window, which is the beginning of the Colca Canyon; through villages like callalli, Sibayo,Tuti, Canocota; we will go into Chivay through the Inca’s Bridge, in Chivay we’ll have lunch and later , in the afternoon we will traverse some villages on the right side of the canyon like Coporaque, Ichupampa, where we’ll be able to see the majestic churches. At night we will be able to enjoy the canyon’s thermal baths.
b) On the on road tour we will take the asphalt road to Yura, going through part of the natural reservation Salinas Aguada Blanca, the vicuñas homeplace, Vizcachani, arriving in Chivay, we will have lunch and in the afternoon we will go though some villages on the right side of the canyon: Coporaque, Ichupampa, where we’ll be able to see the majestic churches. At night we will be able to enjoy the canyon’s thermal baths.
Day 02: Cruz del Condor visit, left side of the canyon
We will get up very early so we can appreciate the flight of the condor, from the sighting place Cruz del Condor, located at 42 km from Chivay, on the left side of the canyon, then we will continue onto Cabanaconde and Tapay. On our way back, we will go through the villages Pinchollo, Maca, Achoma, Yanque, where there are also majestic churches.
Day 03: Trekking through the canyon, Lari and Madrigal, return to Arequipa
Early in the morning we can do some trekking in order to appreciate the hanging bridge that joins Copraque and Yanque, we will visit the villages of Lari and Madrigal located on the right side of the canyon, after that we will begin the returning trip to Arequipa.
On returning from Chivay to Arequipa, we will do so through two different routes:
a) On the off road tour we will go through the ever-snowed mountains Ampato, Sabancaya and Hualca Hualca, then we will pass through the town of Huanca.
b) On the on road tour we will take the asphalt road back to Arequipa.