DAY 1: PUNO / CHIVAY
-The group is leaving Arequipa and at about 10am you meet the group.
-We pick you up at your hotel in Puno between 6.00 at 6.15 am in a tourist bus (bus ride 4hrs), we travel with an English speaking guide, there are some stops at: Lagunillas, Pampa Cañahuas, Patapampa. Please not that the stops depends on the weather conditions. We arrive in Chivay for Lunch time at about noon. Once in Chivay you are transported to your selected hotel, then at 16.00 hrs. the guide picks you up at your hotel to go to the optional visit of the hot springs & pools in La Calera, with water temperatures up to 40ºC (this optional visit to the hot springs is for passengers staying at any hotel located in Chivay only).
Overnight in the hotel of your choise.
*If the hotel of your choise in Colca is not located in Chivay you will be picked up the follow day at your hotel between 6.15-6.30 hrs. to go on with the programe of the second day of the tour.
Day 2: CHIVAY / CRUZ DEL CONDOR / AREQUIPA
After an early morning breakfast (06:00 a.m.) we leave for a full day excursion in the left shore. We visit some beautiful and typical towns like Yanque & Maca, colonial churches, gentle people with typical needlework dresses, hundreds of pre inca terraces still in use with andean growings like corn, quinua and kiwicha. After a 2 hours drive we get to the most visited point: “ the cross of the condor”. Here we are able to see the depth of the canyon and the flight of the condor. After lunch we travel to Arequipa (arrival approximately at 17:00).
*In Arequipa we can drop you off at your selected hotel only let us know the name of it (Hoteles located on Downtown, Vallecito or Yanahuara).
End of service.
• Hotel + Breakfast (see below for more information)
• Tourist guide (English, Spanish)
• Entrance fee national park (70.00 Soles) PLEASE HAVE READY THIS AMOUNT ON THE WAY PUNO - COLCA.
• Hot springs fee (15.00 Soles)
• Lunches, Dinner
For this service we use 2 transportation:
Transportation1:Puno-Second resting point ( the first 4hrs of the first day), it is in a touristic bus with and english speaking guide.
Transportation2: Second resting point at about 10am-Chivay-Cruz del Condor-Arequipa in a touristic bus also with and english speaking guide.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
Infant seats available.
Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Infant meals not included.
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
Before booking this tour, keep in mind the following:
- All meals are excluded (we paid a fixed price of 35 soles for 2 buffet-style lunches, but went on our own on the first night)
- All entrance fees are excluded, too (15 soles for La Calera hot springs, 70 soles for the Colca Canyon park. The price included 4 spots but we only visited one during this tour)
- The room we got was in a 2-star hotel and its price was 80 soles (less than 12 dollars pp, included in the price).
- Apart from the condor's cross, most of the stops were more a way to bring tourists to the local markets, with our guide just sitting there and waiting for us to come back to the bus.
Overall this felt more like a taxi ride than an actual tour, which would be ok if we didn't pay 120 dollars each. I'm sure you can find cheaper tours for the same service or a more rich experience for the same price.
We took this tour on May 14 and 15 2018 from Puno to Arequipa. We booked the tour opting for 3-star standard hotel for an extra 120 for two of us. After we checked into the Colca Llaqta hotel in Chivay, the first room that we had is very basic and the heater was not working and with lots of flies in the room. So, we asked for a better room, which they did. But there was no hot water in the faucet and the bathroom was very cold around 10C and there is no heater in the bathroom. So we ended up not taking a shower. There is no wifi in the room. We have to go to the reception office to use the wifi. Now the question is: does the upgrade from a hostel to a 3-star hotel justified the extra 120 for two people with such a low quality hotel! The online price for Colca Llaqta hotel standard room is about 75 per night for two people. So, Viator overcharged us a lot for the hotel upgrade. We are very disappointed by this.
Chivay, Colca Canyon and other cities between Chivay and Cruz Del Condor are excellent and is worth the trip. We love the scenery!!