COLCA CANYON TOUR 2 DAYS 1 NIGHT
DAY 1: AREQUIPA – CHIVAY - YANQUE (trekking, and hot springs)
You will be picked-up from your hotel at Arequipa between 7:30 and 8:15am and begin the tripnorthward. First, you will be astonished by the sights of various volcanoes like: Misty, Chachani and Pichu Pichu. Then we’ll continue through the National Reserve of Salinas and Aguada Blanca (Pampas Cañahuas) where we’ll make small stops to see the beautiful vicuñas in their natural habitat. Afterwards we’ll move along Pataguas where you’ll see Puruña’s stone forest, formed by natural erosion. Here, half-way done, we’ll make a stop to use the restrooms and drink some coca tea. After 15 min we’ll continue into Vizcachani and the wetlands of Toccra, where you’ll see: alpacas, llamas and different varieties of wild birds. The next place we’ll visit will be Patampampa, the highest point of the trip with 4900 m.a.s.l. From here one is able to see the Chila Mountains, as well as the volcanoes.
Ampato, Sabancaya, Hualca Hualca and Mismi (considered as the origin of the Amazon River). From this point on we’ll begin to descend into the Colca’s National Park, first arriving at Chivay. Afterwards we’ll head to our hotel: Killawasi Lodge, in the town of Yanque (fifteen minutes from Chivay). There you will be installed in a Junior Suite, comfortable rooms surrounded by beautiful scenery with private balconies or terraces. All rooms are equipped with remote controlled electric heating, clock-radio supporting iPod and Mp3 players, wireless internet, spacious bathroom with hot water 24-hours, orthopedic mattresses, cotton sheets and towels, hypoallergenic pillows and all the amenities necessary to make your stay an unforgettable experience.
In the afternoon you could rest and relax in your private balconies or terraces; or if you wish, you could start with us a guided trek of approximate three hours.
During this trek we’ll visit Oqolle’s Amphitheater (Pre-Inca terraces), we’ll cross the Sifón Bridge (where you’ll see the colcas) and arrive at the Uyu Uyu ruins, from where you will see a panoramic view of the Canyon and the town of Yanque.
Before returning to the hotel we’ll visit Yanque’s hot waters located on the banks of the Colca River and after relaxing in its waters we’ll head back to the hotel where you’ll be able to enjoy a delicious dinner.
DAY 2: YANQUE-TOUR TO THE CONDOR’S CROSS- AREQUIPA Optional: (Horse or bike ride if you stay one extra night)
At 6:00 am a tasty breakfast will be served in the hotel’s restaurant and then we’ll leave for the viewpoint “Cruz Del Cóndor” where we’ll stay for about two hours. In this beautiful place one can feel the magnitude of the Colca Canyon by seeing it in all its deepness and immensity. Moreover, you’ll be able to see the flight of the condor at a very close range.
During the return we’ll pass through the towns of Pinchollo, Maca and Achoma. There, we’ll see archaeological remains, Pre-Inca agricultural terraces and astonishing panoramic views of the canyon. You’ll have this afternoon clear to relax and enjoy the hotel, or if you like we can organize for you (with an additional cost) a guided horse or bike ride. In both cases you’ll visit different points of interest around the town of Yanque.
In the case of the horse ride there’s no need to have experience with this animals. The horses are trained and used to the routes. Also, you will always count with the support of the guide. Where in the case of the bike ride you need to be in very good shape and have frequently done this activity before. At the end of your chosen activity, you can rest on the hammocks or in your private balcony or terrace. Then if you like you can enjoy a delicious dinner in our restaurant.
RETURN TO AREQUIPA OR TAKE BUS 4M TO PUNO FROM CHIVAY VILLAGE
KILLAWASI LODGE*** COLCA CANYON
WHO WE ARE
We are a cozy lodge with a design that blends comfort and rusticity in an environment surrounded by nature and mysticism. Killawasi Lodge is located in the charming village of Yanque, a key place to visitthe Colca Canyon and engage in ecotourism and adventure activities. We are proud to be a hotel that not only respect and appreciate the natural environment that surrounds it, but also the native people that make up the town and our excellent service.
WHAT WE DO
Killawasi Lodge has 12 comfortable Junior Suites, with private balconies or terraces, all surrounded by beautiful landscapes. All rooms are equipped with bathrooms, in addition to remote controlled heating,orthopedic mattresses, allergenic pillows and all other amenities required to make a guest’s stay an unforgettable experience. While in the restaurant, guests can enjoy an exquisite variety of deliciousdishes in a friendly atmosphere, surrounded by beautiful landscapes. The hotel offers different daily tours – both shared and private – that connect the Colca Valley with the cities of Arequipa, Puno and Cusco, and make for a complete, yet easy-to-follow itinerary. Our tours are led by experienced drivers and professional guides who speak both English and Spanish. Moreover, we provide our guests with a variety of activities such as hiking tours, horse riding and rural and mountain biking, among others. For those who like to explore on foot, we also offer our guests a guided walk of about three hours, which include a visit to the Oqolle amphitheater, the ruins of Uyu Uyu and Yanque’s private hot springs, located at the edge of the river. Our walks are carefully planned and respect the natural landscapes that surround all of the attractions.
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT
We do not only offer our guests an amazing experience, but more importantly, we attend to our guests’ every need or wish. Thanks to our unique service and customer relations, we have been recipients of multiple awards, as well as holding the number one place for four consecutive years between hotels in Colca Valley – according to TripAdvisor. Some of these awards are: the Certificate of Excellence during all of our four years of operation, the Travellers’ Choice 2012 as Top 25 Hotels in South America, and the Travellers’ Choice 2014 as Top 25 Romantic Hotels in Peru. We take into great consideration these awards as they are earned through the reviews and comments our guests have for the hotel. Lastly, we are proud to benefit our society through fair and equal job opportunities, and we are committed to giving back to the environment, through the use of alternative energy sources and recycling.