Observe giant Andean condors and vicuna, colourful traditions and music. Get a taste for the unique flavours of the region by enjoying Andean cuisine and opt to relax in the hot springs in Chivay before returning to Arequipa by way of the Patapampa scenic overlook.
Start your day off early with a pick-up from your hotel between 2:45 - 3:00am. Your guide will accompany you for the 3-hour drive into the Colca Canyon to reach the town of Chivay, located at 3,600 meters above sea level. Arrive at 6:00 am and have breakfast here. Drive through the scenic landscape passing by agricultural fields, Antahuilque, the Choquetico Tombs and the tiny village of Yanque towards Cruz del Condor viewpoint. Watch quietly and patiently to see the giant Andean Condor flying silently overhead from this impressive overlook point.
Afterwards, we will return to Chivay by way of Maca village where you can watch farmers plowing their fields and stop in the beautiful XVI century colonial church. Upon arrival to Chivay, we will stop at the La Calera Hot Springs so you can relax and soak in the therapeutic pools if you wish. Have lunch on your own in Chivay and enjoy free time to visit the local marketplace and main square.
At 2:00 pm we will make our way back to Arequipa visiting the viewpoint of Patapampa at 4800 meters, the highest point between the Colca Canyon and Arequipa, to view the Ampato volcano where the mummy Juanita was discovered. Afterwards, we will continue to Toqrapampa, where we can see small lagoons filled with Andean birds. Our last stop will be Pampa Canahuas National Park, where we will be able to see llamas, alpacas and vicunas before arriving to Arequipa at approximately 5:00 pm. You will be dropped off in the Arequipa city center after a fun and busy day!