This is our most popular Colca Canyon excursion and one of our personal favourites, too. The Coporaque community has a place in the hearts of many of our travelers, something you can read more about in this blog article about what happened after a disaster struck in Coporaque.
The good thing about this tour is that you don’t miss out on any of the standard highlights that everybody sees in the Colca Canyon, but you don’t have to continue enduring the masses once you’ve seen them. We take advantage of the tourism facilities by taking shared transportation to and from the Colca Canyon and to the main attractions, but avoid them once you’re free in the afternoon and evening. Also the overnight stays are not in standard hotels in touristy towns but in cosy, comfortable homestays of our beloved hostfamilies. Believe us: this is the best way to visit the Colca Canyon!
If you’d like to be a bit more active, consider our three-day tour with the Sibayo community which includes hiking the lesser-visited Collagua Route.
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 Coporaque community and brought to the village with a taxi for lunch with your host family. With a local guide (who only speaks Spanish, translator optional at extra cost), you will explore the village and visit the viewpoint, where you can see the route for the next day at your feet!
Dinner and overnight stay at a local family’s private rooms (hot shower available, though it depends on the sunshine of the day!)
Around 6:00 am you will be brought to Chivay by someone from Coporaque, to go on 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 again take a taxi to Coporaque. There you will have a free afternoon. You could make a hike to the thermal baths of Coporaque (10 sol entrance fee), or go horse riding (see below)!
Today is another morning with free time in Coporaque, but then it is time to say goodbye to your host family (and probably new friends). One more time you will take a taxi to Chivay. Today you will take the bus to Puno. The driver will know where you hop on the bus.
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.
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!