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Your Colca Canyon Immersion Experience will make you dive into the rich traditional culture of this very special region. Enjoy a truly unique few days living with local indigenous Collagua families, whose culture followed the path of the Incas. Learn traditional crafts such as candle-making, wool spinning, and llama shearing, and gain an in-depth understanding of the daily life of the villagers in the Colca Valley’s rural communities.
You will also have the opportunity to enjoy the remarkable natural scenery of the Colca Valley, and look for llamas and vicuñas in the Pampa Cañahua National Park. You will also have the chance to admire fabulous volcanic vistas (views) from Patapampa Pass and watch the majestic Andean condors soaring over the spectacular Colca Canyon.
Duration : 3 days / 2 nights
Start/End Location : Arequipa
Availability : All year round
Day One: Arequipa – Pampa Cañahuas – Yanque
Your adventure begins at the Pampa Cañahua National Reserve. The diverse wildlife here is just as impressive as the volcanic vistas, so keep your eyes open to spot herds of vicuñas, llamas and alpacas. You can even see some elusive Andean eagles! Your next stop will be the spectacular Patapampa Pass, which at nearly 5,000 m (16,404 ft) is the highest point of the tour. Soak up the magical atmosphere – you will notice interesting stone towers, or offerings to Pachamama (Mother Earth) left by previous visitors – and witness the incredible views of snow-capped peaks: Ampato, Sabancaya and Hualca-Hualca.
In the afternoon, you will descend into the Colca Valley, and more specifically to the tranquil town of Yanque. There, you will be able to enjoy a true Colca Canyon immersion experience by meeting the indigenous Collaguan people. You will spend the night in a homestay with a Collaguan family, who will teach you about their traditional way of life. Discover commonly used skills such as candle-making, wool spinning and agriculture, or take a stroll to the nearby pre-Inca ruins. You will end the day with a relaxing visit to private natural hot springs, followed by an organic homegrown, home-cooked family meal.
Day Two: Soar with the Condors and learn about the town of Sibayo
Enjoy a tasty Andean organic breakfast with your new family before heading to Yanque’s main plaza to watch a fascinating performance of the traditional indigenous Wititi dance. Admire the colorful local costumes of this spectacular show before strolling along the vibrant market wares. The next stop for the morning will be ‘Cruz del Condor’, a natural lookout point over Colca Canyon named for the colony of Andean condors that live nearby. You will be amazed watching these magnificent birds go soaring past among the beautiful canyon scenery. This is one of the only places in the world to see condors in their natural habitat, so get your camera ready!
Then you will go to Sibayo, a picturesque village famous for its ancient masonry (the name means ‘town of stones’ in Quechua). Your Colca Canyon immersion experience will continue by spending the afternoon with local families. They will teach you the traditional processes of spinning and weaving llama and alpaca wool. You’ll even have the opportunity to go trekking with local llama herders and their animals along ancient mountain paths, far away from the tourist crowds. Spend the night in a homestay in this unique town, as you enjoy participating in some fun Collagua-style dancing to the live music performed by a local band.
Day Three: Shearing alpaca and llamas in Sibayo
Your Colca Canyon experience will continue with a visit to a community of alpaca herders, located close to Sibayo. Take time to chat to the llama herders and learn about the ancient art of shearing llamas and alpacas before enjoying a well-deserved Andean breakfast. Next, you will be able to contemplate all these memorable experiences amid the stunning backdrop of the Colca Valley as you traverse an original Inca trail to Chivay.
There, you will be able to rest your tired muscles after your hike with a relaxing soak in the natural hot springs. Then, you will enjoy a lunch of delicious Peruvian fare. In the late afternoon, you will return to Arequipa, taking with you your new-found traditional skills, local knowledge and wonderful memories of your Colca Canyon Immersion Experience.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.