The Coporaque community has a place in the hearts of many of our travelers, and actually deserves a longer visit than this short excursion. But if time is not on your side, this is your opportunity to still experience the Colca Canyon in a unique way!
Even in only two days (starting the first morning in Arequipa and ending back in Arequipa or in Puno at the end of day 2) you won’t miss out on any of the standard highlights that everybody visits in the Colca Canyon. As a bonus, you’ll spend one afternoon and evening with the lovely hostfamilies of 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 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 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.
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!