At 03:30 a.m or 4:00am or 4:30am. we lleave Arequipa driving for 3 and a half hours towards Chivay; The capital of the Colca Canyon on north west direcction behind snow-covered Chachani. Breakfast.
Then we continue driving for 2 more hrs towards the most visited point “ the Cross of the Condor” here we are able to see the depth of the canyon and the flight of the Condor.
The area presents beautiful tipical towns, like Yanque & Maca, colonial churches, gently people with tipical needlework dresses, hundreds of pre inca terraces still in use with andean growings like corn, quinua, kiwicha among others.
After Lunch we come back to Arequipa; on the way we stop at the highest pass: the view point of the Volcanoes and snow covered mountains in Patapampa (4,800 m. – 15,000 ft.). Later we will see wild vicuñas, alpacas & llamas in Pampa Cañahuas national reserve, some birds like flamingoes, ibis, andean gooze, ducks, andean eagle “Kara Kara”. ( 17:00 hrs. approx. Back in Arequipa .).
EXTRA INFORMATION: We can have lunch in the only restaurant located at the border of the canyon close to CRUZ DE CONDOR “In LA GRANJA restaurant” (While we see the condors, we can have our lunch) and we can also do some short treks