Peruvian Andes: Colca Canyon to Puno

Tour from Arequipa, Peru to Lake Titicaca - Puno, Peru

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Day 1

Journey to Colca Canyon

Get an early morning start on your five hour drive to the Colca Canyon. On the way, you may be lucky enough to spot some Vicuña, the rarest South American camel species. Discover the special features of the Colca Canyon at many shorter stops, enjoy the incomparable views of the valley and visit various villages typical of this region. You will be served a cup of coca tea, said to help you acclimtise to the altitude (highest point 4,850m). This is a traditional Peruvian drink, to which many health promoting properties are attributed. In the afternoon your guide will invite you for a short hike, after which you will be taken to your hotel.

Overnight at Hotel Mamayacchi or equivalent.

Day 2

Condor's Cross and Puno

Rise early to see the king of the Andes, the condor. In favorable weather conditions, the condors often rise only a few meters above the canyon to go hunting.

Afterwards, make your way to towards Puno. As you drive you can see the interesting changes in the landscapes, from the leafy foliage of the Colca Valley terraces, to the sparse plains in the Altiplano. Along the way you will also visit the tombs of Sillustani called Chullpas. They come from the pre-Inca and Inca times and are located on a peninsula on the shores of Umayo Lake.

You will arrive in Puno in the afternoon and can enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Overnight at Hotel Mamayacchi or equivalent.