This is a two-day, one-night trip to see the magnificent Colca Canyon, Altiplano mountain highlands, and lagoons before arriving on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
On our trip through Colca Canyon, aside from the wonderful landscapes that await us, we can observe the magnificent, picturesque architecture in the valley towns as well as the local culture. These elements have a pleasant harmony that makes this one of the most visited sites in Peru. On our way to our first destination, we will make stops at spectacular lookout points and at the National Reserve of Salinas and Aguada Blanca where we can find many vicuñas. Then we’ll continue to Cruz del Condor and the Colca Farm restaurant for a refreshing lunch of local foods as we wait for an opportunity to see the flight of the condors. Then we will continue to Cabanaconde, where we will spend the night in the Kuntur Wassi Hotel. The next day, after an early breakfast, we will continue our journey to Puno’s Lake Titicaca. Along the way, we’ll stop to see natural rock gardens and habitat for the alpacas that produce the most highly prized wool of the Andes. We’ll see the high plains and enjoy box lunches near the magical lagoon of Lagunillas. This is a good place for viewing and learning more about local wildlife, including ajoyas, chocas, and above all the region’s flamingos. We will finish our trip in the city of Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
We’ll leave Arequipa for Colca Canyon with pickup from the hotel at 8:00 a.m. Leaving Arequipa in a private vehicle, we’ll be able to see the tutelary volcanoes that surround the city: Chachani, Misti and Pichu Pichu. We’ll reach the plain of Pampa Cañahua, home to the National Reserve of Salinas and Aguada Blanca. We’ll continue on, passing by Patahuasi, Alto Sumbay, Vizcachani, Toccra, Chucura and Patapampa, along with their lookout points. We’ll arrive at Cruz del Condor and the Colca Farm restaurant, where we’ll taste the local cuisine. Then we’ll see the flight of the condors in the afternoon and settle into the Kuntur Wassi hotel in the nearby village of Cabana Conde.
Optional: Visit the small village of Cabana Conde.
After breakfast, we’ll leave at 8:00 a.m. to continue our journey through the villages of Pinchollo Maca, Achoma, and Yanque with stops at the tourist lookout points of Antahuilque to see the extent of the agricultural terraces and in Choquetico, the site of hanging graves and stone models. Then we’ll continue toward Puno, and on the way we’ll see the great stone pillar forest of Imata. The next stop is the lagoon of Lagunillas (box lunch), a good site for seeing and learning about the region’s fauna, especially birds. Our tour ends at about 6:00 p.m. in the City of Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca