COLCA TOURS AREQUIPA
Colca Tours and Colca Trek:
Perou Voyage offers a variety of Colca Tours: Classic and Vivencial trip excurions to the second deepest canyon in the world. Colca Canyon is a canyon of the Colca River in southern Peru, located about 160 kilometres northwest of Arequipa. It is Peru’s third most-visited tourist destination. With a depth of 3,270 metres, it is one of the deepest canyons in the world.
The Colca Canyon is a colorful Andean valley with pre-Inca roots, and towns founded in Spanish colonial times, still inhabited by people of the Collagua and the Cabana cultures. The local people maintain their ancestral traditions and continue to cultivate the pre-Inca stepped terraces.
The Colca canyon is home to the Andean condor (Vultur gryphus), a species that has been the focus of worldwide conservation efforts.
The condors can be seen at close range as they fly past the canyon walls, and are a popular attraction. The Andean Condor typically lives about 60-70 years, and has a wingspan of about 2.1–2.7 metres. It is commonly referred to as the “Eternity Bird,” as the bird is a symbol of long life and eternity. ‘Cruz del Condor’ is a popular tourist stop to view the condors. At this point the canyon floor is 1,200 metres below the rim of the canyon.
Other notable bird species present in the Colca include the giant hummingbird, the largest member of the hummingbird family, as well as the Andean goose, Chilean flamingo, and mountain caracara. Animals include vizcacha, a rabbit-sized relative of the chinchilla, zorrino, deer, fox, and vicuña, the wild ancestor of the alpaca.
La Calera natural hot springs are located at Chivay, the biggest town in the Colca Canyon. Other hot springs, some developed for tourist use, are dotted throughout the valley and canyon.
Archeological sites includes the caves of Mollepunko above Callalli where rock art (said to be 6,000 years old) depicts the domestication of the alpaca; the mummy of Paraqra, above Sibayo; the Fortaleza de Chimpa, a reconstructed mountaintop citadel that looks down on Madrigal; ruins of pre-Hispanic settlements throughout the valley; and many others.
Cultural attractions include the Wititi festival in Chivay, named as a “cultural heritage” of Peru. The Colca is also well known for crafts: goods knitted from baby alpaca fiber and a unique form of embroidery that adorns skirts (polleras), hats, vests, and other items of daily wear and use.
The most distant source of Amazon River is accessible from the Colca valley via Tuti, a one-day trip to a spring at 5,120 metres (16,800 ft), where snowmelt from the Mismi bursts from a rock face. Other attractions include the Infiernillo Geyser, on the flanks of the volcano Hualca Hualca, which is accessible on foot, horseback, or mountain bicycle, and a number of casas vivenciales where tourists can stay with a local family in their home and share in their daily activities.
Perou Voyage offers a variety of tours in the Colca Canyon, trips from Puno to Colca Canyon, Colca Full Day Tour, 2 Days Colca Tour, Colca Tour 3 Days.
Colca Tours 2018
|Colca Full Day Tour||2 Days Colca Tour||3 Days Colca Tour||Colca Tour Cabanaconde|
|Price||$65 American Dollars||Price depends on the kind of accommodation||$280 American Dollars||$290American Dollars|
|Colca Entrance Fee and Meals||Included in the Colca Tour price||Included in the Colca Tour price||Included in the Colca Tour price||Included in the Colca Tour price|
|Availability||Every Day||Every Day||Every Day||Every Day|
|Pick Up Time||2:30AM||7:30AM||6:00AM||6:00AM|
|Food||Full Meals Included||Full Meals Included||Full Meals Included||Full Meals Included|
|Accommodation||N/A||Killawasi Lodge, Colca Lodge, Pozo del Cielo, Kollwas Home Inn||Kuntur Wassi and Canocota Family House||Kuntur Wassi Hotel|
|Transportation||Tourist Transportation||Tourist Transportation||Tourist Transportation||Tourist Transportation|
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