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|Summary: At the North of Arequipa, there is Colca
Canyon. With a depth of 3400 m, it was considered as the
deepest canyon of the world. But it turns out that the
nearby canyon, the Canyon of Cotahuasi is even deeper! It is
also here that we can see smoothing condors during hours...
Surrounded by snowy summits mountains, Colca valley with its
river leaves the place for a restful stay.
By riding Peruvian Paso horses, this magnificent horse with
their unique gait, you make a journey in the time. The doors
of Colca open in front of you to make of this ride an
unforgettable experience, close to the nature.
|Intineray Day by Day:(B)= breakfast / (L)= lunch /
Day 2 - Arequipa - Colca Valley. (L,D)
Departure in private car to Colca Valley. We pass by "
Salinas and Agua da Blanca " reserve where we can see
vicunas, lamas and alpagas. The road follows by the Mirador
of Volcanoes, the heightest on this road with 4900 meters,
before coming down again in the valley at 3500 meters for
having lunch at the hotel. In the afternoon, we meet horses
and equestrian guides in the village. Return to the hotel
for a relaxing massage (sauna and spa baths allowed between
6:00 pm and 9:00 pm). Dinner closed to a good fire and
Riding time: 3 hours. Altitude: 3500 – 4900 m.
Day 3 - Colca Valley. (B,L,D)
Early on the morning, we begin our first ride to Coporaque
and Uyo-Uyo, the ancient capital of Collagua ethnic group.
Leaving stables, we go through the main place of the village
and the stony bridge upper Colca river. On the way, we see
old houses with their systems of irrigation, a pre-inca
amphitheater and the numerous proofs of coexistence between
the cultures Inca and Collagua... At Coporaque for example,
there is a fountain dedicated to the Incas. The ride
continues up to the cemetery Collagua situated at the feet
of the mountain and which presents cranes and bones of the
ancestors of this ethnic group (6th century after J.C.).
Return at the hotel for the lunch. Then afternoon, we are
drived to the village of Chivay to take advantage of thermal
baths. At the end of the day, massage in the hotel before
dinner. At night in the hotel
Riding time: 6 hours.
Day 4 - Madrigal and Chimpa. (B,L,D)
The itinerancy trail begins today. Early departure with
horses by the right bank of Colca river. The crossed
landscapes are beautiful: terraces pre-Inca sculptured in
the mountain, the villages of Ichupampa and Lari... In the
middle of the day, we arrive at Madrigal where we settle our
camp. Picnic lunch. End of afternoon free at the camp.
Dinner and bivouac.
Riding time: 5 hours.
Day 5 - Chimpa and Pinchollo. (B,L,D)
After breakfast, we go up to the mountain Chimpa to reach
the fortress located in its summit. Since the fortress, the
view) on the canyon and on the valley are amazing. It is
indeed the only place where we can see both hillsides of the
canyon. This fortress was originally a strategic military
building of the Collaguas to protect them. You will enjoy
landscapes and traditional dresses of inhabitants. Dinner
and night in a cottage.
Riding time: 6 hours (which 1 hour for the ascent to the
fortress with a part on foot).
Day 6 - Pinchollo Geyser - Arequipa . (B,L)
Today, we go on horseback to the geyser of Pinchollo. By
following the river, we discover new landscapes of snowy
volcanoes, waterfalls and mountains. Finally we arrive at
the geyser HatunInfiernillo which is in activity all year
long. Picnic along the way. The ride ends at the village of
Mara. Before going back to stables by car, we have a last
walk to see the canyon and its changing colours. After back
to Arequipa arrival arrival at 6:00 pm.
Tourist transportation or private van (according your
First night at Chivay and second in a family home or camping
in Pinchollo village
Entrance to the Colca canyon and Entrance to the hot spring
All the foods ( 2 breakfast - 2 cold lunches - 2 dinners)
Visit the Maria Raiche planetarium/showing and projection
andean world constellations
5 - 6 hours horseback riding on the second day, on day 3 is
only 2 hours of riding
Peruvian Paso and Criollos horses and saddles
Horseman to help you with horses and All food and
acommodation for our camp staff
Food and place to stay for the horses
Camping gear (Four season tents & mattrasses) only if you
like to camp next to the river between the pre inca
terraces, confirm at the booking time
Oxygen bottle and first aid kit for participants and our
Alcoholic and soda drinks
Sleeping bag (can be hired in our office of Arequipa US$5
per day) only if you want to make camping
Breakfast on the first day
Tips for guide and camp staff
WE RECOMMEND TO BRING:
■Rain jacket or poncho (December to April)
■Strong comfortable and waterproof footwear
■Hat or cap to protect you from the sun
■Sun block (sun protection cream)
■Camera, plenty of film and spare batteries
Person 1,350 US$ . Minimum 4 people.
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