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We leave Arequipa between 2: 30-3:00 a.m. and drive for 3 hours northwest behind Chachani to Chivay, capital of the Colca Canyon. We will have breakfast upon arrival.
We will continue driving for 2 hours in the most famous place at the Colca Canyon «La Cruz del Cóndor». This is where we see the depth of the canyon and the wonderful Condor.
The Andean condor is the largest flying bird in the world by combined measurement of weight and wingspan. Hope you are lucky to see them and take some good pictures.
The area has beautiful typical towns such as Yanque and Maca, colonial churches, friendly people in dresses and hats with typical stitching, and hundreds of pre-Inca terraces that are still in use with Andean crops such as corn, quinoa and amaranth.
Arrive to Chivay at noon, there is an optional visit to La Calera hot springs, with pools that have a water temperature of 40 ° C / 104 ° F.
Once in Chivay we will have a traditional lunch then we will head back to Arequipa.
We will stop on the way back, at the highest point : the viewpoint of the volcanoes and the snow-capped mountains in Patapampa (4,800 m). Later we will see wild vicuñas, alpacas and llamas in the Pampa Cañahuas National Reserve and some birds such as flamingos, ibis, Andean geese, ducks and eagles called «Kara Kara». Finally, we arrive in the city of Arequipa at approximately 17:00 hrs.
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