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Arequipa to Colca Canyon Tour

We will depart at 9am, crossing 160 Km to the town of Chivay, capital of the Province of Caylloma.  At the beginning of our excursion we will enjoy the majestic views of the Misti, Chachani and Pichu Pichu volcanoes and then approach the National Reserve of “Pampa Cañahuas”, where our transportation will make a short stop to observe the wild Vicuñas (the most important American camelid) in its natural habitat.  At this point we will be around 3,400 metersabove sea level.
We will arrive to “Pata Wasi” (Pata=high Wasi=home) an Andean community at the opposite border of the reserve.  Here you can enjoy the natural formation of rocks and the view to the backside of the Misti and Chachani volcanoes.  To prevent altitude sickness we will have an original Andean “Mate de Coca” drink in Sunbay at 3,800 meters above sea level.
Continuing on the road we will pass through “Tocra” over the 4,500 meter high mountains, where wewill observe lakes with migrant birds and get pictures of the “Antiplano” (highplains) with its Llamas and Guanacos.  Our highest point will be “Pata Pampa” (Pata=high, Pampa=land) located at 4,820meters, where we’ll observe the volcanoes Ampato, Sabancaya, Hualca-Hualca,Mismi (the source of the Amazon River), and the “Cordillera de Chila”.
When we are getting close to the town of Chivay (3,651 meters) we will start to wonder at the spectacular multicolor view of the terraces of the Colca valley.  In Chivay we will drive to our hotel and after finding our rooms we will have time for lunch, (cost of lunch is included in program).