01DIA TOUR COLCA CANYON
RATES 2019 – GROUP SERVICE
DESCRIPTION OF ITINERARY:
DAY 01: Chivay: Early a guide and driver will pick you up from the hotel to take you to Colca Canyon, which is located 165 km away from Arequipa and 40 km from Chivay town, on the way we will ascend up to 4908 meters, place called Patapampa, from there you can clearly see the Grand Canyon of the Colca, the snowcapped volcano Misti (Arequipa). According to the Andean custom, formerly travelers crossed mountains and left in their way on the highest part of the road (apachetas) small stones making a wish and leaving all the fatigue in these stones, for this reason that there are on this place (Patapampa) many piles of rocks left by the travelers. Then we descend to Chivay, a small village on the river of the Colca Valley. We arrive to the village of Chivay approximately at 06:30 am. Breakfast at local restaurant at Chivay village. Tour to look-out of Condor: After breakfast we continue to the viewpoint cross of Condor to appreciate the majestic flight of the condor. The condor world’s largest bird can fly up to 7000 m of height and live up to 85 years approximately. In Inca times the condor was considered a very special divinity because linked the hanan pacha (mundo de arriba) with kay pacha (mundo donde vivimos). There is a clear hierarchy at lunch time, because the adult males will eat first, then adult females and finally young condors, usually the condor are a scavenger (feeding on large mammals). Usually you can see the condor in the morning, at which time they go out of their caves to hunt mammals. The Colca Canyon, one of the deepest in the world, which was studied and measured in 2005 by the Polish Andrew Pietowski over 4160m (north side) and 3600m (south side), located in the district of Huambo. The origin of the Colca Canyon is tectonic and formed 150 million years ago. Returning to Chivay on route we will observe the Inca terraces along Colca canyon, likewise some villages as Achoma and Yanque. Lunch at Chivay village. Then a return trip (2:30 hrs drive) to Arequipa or (6:00 hrs) to Puno, en route we will make a brief stop at CHINITO restaurant to take some hot drinks or go to the bathroom, then we will pass by pampas Cañahuas place where there is the National Reserve of Vicuña (wild camels with the finest wool in the world), here you can see the snowy peaks of Misti, the Vizcachani, The Pulpera Callalli, Sibayo and Tuti Village, the giant rocks castles as well as the flora and fauna. Arrival in Arequipa then transfer to hotel.
01DAY TOUR COLCA CANYON + STOPS – GROUP SERVICE
|BY SHARED TRANSPORT (STANDARD CLASS)
US$32.00 per person
|BY SHARED TRANSPORT (SUPERIOR CLASS)
US$45.00 per person
|Inclusions: Tourist transportation Arequipa Colca Arequipa for 01Day, english spanish speaking guide, guided visit to cross of condor + stops en route. We provide upgraded service.
Exclusions: Lunch during the journey.
|Inclusions: Luxury transportation Arequipa Colca Arequipa for 02Days, english spanish speaking guide, guided visit to cross of condor + stops en route. We provide upgraded service. Note: Departures upon availability
Exclusions: Lunch during the journey.
|Departure Arequipa-Chivay: 3:30am
Arrival in Chivay: 7:30am.
|In Chivay: Breakfast & lunch at local restaurant
|Departure Chivay-Cross of condor: 8:00am
Return Cross of condor-Chivay: 12:30pm.
|Return Chivay-Arequipa: 13:30pm
Arrival in Arequipa: 17:00pm.
WHAT IS INCLUDED: The tour INCLUDE pick up from hotel, stops en route at Pampa Cañahuas National Reserve of Vicuñas, Patahuasi Restaurant, Aguada Blanca & Tojra, Patapampa View Point of Volcanoes (4910m), English-Spanish speaking guide for 01Day, land tourist transportation, return to hotel (Arequipa). Besides pre-trip information + organization and all local taxes. There are no hidden extras in our prices. Our tourist transportation vehicles have nation wide circulation permit and 2 types of insurance (Certificate of Statutory Accident Insurance Transit SOAT, besides has vehicle Insurance Policy to all risks in record) + oxygen & first aid kit + panoramic windows + reclining & confortable seats, exclusive for our demanding customers. Rumbo Explora provide to visitors all possible choices. Beware with illegal local Tour Operators or middleman, who do not pay the real costs to suppliers (transport, local restaurants & guest houses, tour guides & drivers). Help us avoid the explotation
NOT INCLUDED: Entrance fees to Colca valley S/. 70.00 soles (Peruvian currency) or US$22.00 (USA dollars), extras and tips.
|BY RUMBO EXPLORA||OTHER LOCAL OPERATORS|
|Technical specificatications: Our modern & new tourist transportation vehicles: Mercedes Benz & Renault (10 to 19 seats), Minibus (25 to 30 seats), Buses (40 seats)||Technical specificatications: Few tour operators work with good tourist transportation vehicles as: Mercedes Benz & Renault (10 to 19 seats), Minibus (25 to 30 seats), Buses (40 seats)|
|First Aid Kit & Services: Oxygen & first aid kit, telephone charger and maps of Colca valley, which led us to be one of the best tour operators in the southern Perú.||First Aid Kit & Services: Few tour operators provide this service.|
|Insurance policy: Our tourist transportation vehicles have national permit circulation and 2 types of insurance (Certificate of Statutory Accident Insurance Transit SOAT, besides has vehicle Insurance Policy to all risks in record)||Insurance policy: Most of tour operators work with vehicles which have local permits only.|
|Tours guides: We put at your disposal the most qualified staff of tourist guides, with degree of the Institute (3 years) or University (5 years) and certified from the language center of the university and Peruvian-American Cultural Center (US Embassy) with a high level of English.||Tours guides: Some travel agencies in Arequipa are not paying their guides and drivers, hiring them without experience. We are sure that you will be forced to buy souvenirs during the journeys with higher prices, and the guides will try living of their commissions, which can be a bad experience for you. ¡Be aware!
You can see that in Rumbo Explora we have developed for you tailor-made itineraries with the best price as competitive as possible, providing an excellent service and paying our guides 10% above the legal wage agreed with association of the tour guides – Arequipa. Our staff are some of the best paid in Arequipa & Colca Canyon, which allows us to attract only the Best Tour Guides and Land Transportation with national permit, to none other local company, that can only provide a cheaper price by providing a far inferior service and saving on staff costs, ¿How? Hiring tour guides in training without experience and not paying them, besides avoiding taxes to government.
Big Travel companies from Europe, North America, Australia and others work with the Peruvian Tour Operators located in Lima-Peru, who work as middlemen receiving from them good prices from the Tours & Packages, and paying to us 40 to 50% minor the normal price, besides 2 to 3 months delayed, being this the reason that Rumbo Explora have decided to offer tours & packages directly to travelers.