This three-day tour squeezes so many experiences in only three days that it will feel like a much longer holiday once you’re finished. This excursion is designed for active people that enjoy diving deeper into a destination, to immerse in its local cultures and get close with its nature.
After you’ve acclimatized well in Arequipa (at least two days!) we will take you to Sibayo; a small stone village at 3.800 meters altitude, built entirely out of stones of the area. You’ll stay with a local family in a comfortable homestay. The next day you’ll hike the Collagua Route down towards Chivay, enjoying this little frequented route, its vistas and nature. From there, you’ll visit the Coporaque community and its surroundings. After another night in a homestay you’ll take part in a tour to the Colca Canyon’s highlights after which you’ll take transportation back to Arequipa or on to Puno.
If this programme is too full for you, consider our three-day tour with only Coporaque.
P.S. When you book, please select the correct package: one finishes back in Arequipa but the best choice is the one that finalizes in Puno; we’ll drop you off at your hotel in Puno at no extra cost (if located in Puno center). If you book an excursion outside of Puno directly after this one, we can also arrange a drop-off in Juliaca or Cabanillas, please contact us to ensure a smooth transition.
From Arequipa you will travel to the Colca Canyon with a van (with a maximum of 15 passengers). The English-speaking guide on board will give you a lot of interesting facts along the way and some stops are planned at beautiful places. You will go through a reserve where many vicuñas live in freedom. The snow-covered volcanoes in the background complete this impressive landscape.
Arrival in Chivay, the capital of the Colca Canyon, where the van will stop at a restaurant. But you won’t have lunch there: you will be picked up by members of the Sibayo community and brought to the village of Sibayo Rumillacta (50 minutes), where the family of Samana Wasi will welcome you. You will have lunch with your host family. In the afternoon, you will go with a local guide (who only speaks Spanish, translator optional for an extra cost) and you will explore the village. Depending on availability and preferences, activities will be planned with the family, such as working on land, fishing, gathering wood fire, learning how to weave, etc.
In the evening you can help the family cook for dinner! Dinner and overnight stay at Samana Wasi in a private room.
Very early in the morning you will enjoy a delicious breakfast at Samana Wasi with your host family. After you will be driven to the starting point of the hike, in Canocota (35 minutes ride), from where you will start a hike of 3 – 3,5 hours approximately (difficulty: low). A boxed lunch is included for this day.
Your guide will give you interesting information on the architecture of the church of Canocota. You will walk on an old Collagua road, a narrow and quite flat path still used by local people. This road was formerly used as a means of communication and barter between the different villages. The path is fairly flat, which is good for these first days at high altitude 🙂
During the walk you can observe the “Huaynalima Canyon”, formed by vertical walls eroded by the Colca river. You will see beautiful views, hardly anyone around and you can enjoy the peace and nature. You will walk along the Colca river until you reach Calera, where you will be picked up by the transportation.
Transfer to Chivay, where you will be picked up by members of the Coporaque community and brought to the village with a taxi for lunch with your new host family. With a local guide (who only speaks Spanish), you will explore the village and visit the viewpoint, where you can see the route for the next day at your feet! If you prefer doing something different, you can take a walk to the thermal baths of the village (entrance fee: approx. 10 soles per person), or choose a nice horseback ride (see below).
Dinner and overnight stay at a local family in private rooms (hot shower available, though it depends on the sunshine of the day!). P.S. Your luggage will be taken to Coporaque: you only have to carry your daypack!
Around 6:00 am it is time to say goodbye to your host family and you will be brought to Chivay by someone from Coporaque, to join the excursion to the famous Cruz del Condor. During the ride from Chivay you will make a few stops at interesting spots, but the highlight of the day will most definitely be the flight of the condor! If you are lucky you will see multiple condors flying close to the viewpoint where you will be situated, making use of the thermal winds rising up from the Canyon.
Back in Chivay you will have some time for lunch (buffet not included) before traveling to Puno. This is also a shared bus with other travelers, and a host(ess) on board. Along the way, some photo stops are made to enjoy the wide landscape, characterized by volcanoes and vicuñas.
Upon arrival in Puno, you will be transferred to your hotel (in the city center: hotels outside of Puno at extra cost). Please note that overnight stay in Puno is not included in this excursion.
Nieves and Eusebio run a homestay in beautiful Sibayo since 2006, and we met them in 2013 as part of the same project as Coporaque. Sibayo is such a beautiful village and Nieves and Eusebio are excellent hosts. They love showing you around the village, immersing you in their culture and are curious about yours, too. Their homestay is always in good order, clean and comfortable, and the food is very good whilst typical. Over all these years it has remained a recommendable experience!
RESPONS has been working with the Pumachiri families since 2013 and ever since the relationship has been perfect: mutual trust and respect, together working hard to improve every aspect of sustainability and the travelers experience.
Nowadays, Coporaque offers four comfortable homestays with good beds, private bathrooms and great food to travelers of all sorts; and everybody loves the Coporaque Experience. They support their fellow community members in several ways which makes it a very RESPONSible destination.
Don’t doubt longer: this is the place to be in the Colca Canyon!