148 km Northeast of Arequipa, lies the immense Colca Canyon.  At 3,200 meters deep, it is one of the deepest canyons in the world – twice the depth of its North American counter-part The Grand Canyon.  However, the canyons immense scale and awe-some beauty is not its only attraction.  Colca is home to the mighty condor which, with a wing-span of around 3 meters is one of the world’s largest birds.  The canyon is situated at the base of a picturesque Andean valley dotted with colonial towns and formerly inhabited by the Collagua and Cabana tribes.   Large portions of Colca canyon are habitable, with pre-Colombian terraced fields still supporting agriculture and human lif
To follow this circuit travelers must head for the northwestern part of Arequipa to Yura until reaching the cove known as Mirador de los Condores (natural outlook). From there it is possible to make out the snow-capped summits of Ampato and Sabancaya. The descent continues down to Chivay.

Day 01: Arequipa – Chivay

Early in the morning, after breakfast, start your trip to the Colca Canyon, visiting on the way Pampas Cañahuas, the Mirador of the Andes, the crater of Chucura, the Mirador of Chivay, where pre-inca andens may be appreciated. Arrival to the town of Chivay at 13:00hrs. aprox. Transfer to your selected lodge. Box lunch (light meals in the altitude). In the afternoon free time to visit thermal and medical baths. (Box Lunch).

Day 02: Chivay – Condor’s Cross – Arequipa
After breakfast, very early in the morning, drive to the Condor’s Cross, natural observation point from where the magnitude of the Colca Canyon and the spectacular flight of the majestic condor is appreciated. On the way back to Chivay, visit to the Mirador of Chinina, where we will find the famous Hanging Tombs and the Hanging Bridge of Sifón that joins the town of Yanque with Coporaque. At the town of Yanque, visit its beautiful church and its characteristic stone streets among other attractions. To have spectacular views of the Colca Valley, we will drive to the observation points of Choquetipo and Artahuilque and also to the town of Maca. In the afternoon, return to the city of Arequipa, arriving at 18:00hrs. aprox. (B+L).

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