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 Horses Back Riding in Colca Canyon
  ( 6 days 5 nights )

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 / (D)= dinner

Itinerary.
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 overnight.
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.


INCLUDES:
English-Speaking guide
Tourist transportation or private van (according your request)
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 in Chivay
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 camp staff

Not Included:
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)
■Insect repellent
■Camera, plenty of film and spare batteries
■Sunglasses
Cost by Person 1,350 US$ .  Minimum 4 people.         Private Services
 

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