The full-day tour of Colca Canyon takes you on a magical journey through the Colca Valley. Hike up to the famous Cruz del Condor viewpoint for the most expansive views of the Colca Canyon and an out of this world sighting of the imposing Andean Condor. Later enjoy, a relaxing soak in the serene thermal baths close by. Visit an amazing National Park for interaction with llamas, alpacas, and Vicuñas. This comprehensive one-day tour gives you unparalleled views of the Colca Canyon and the valley. Experience incredible fauna and interact with amazing animals and the local people along the way.
Our tour starts before the crack dawn at 3am. We settle in for a 3-hour drive in our private transportation to the small town of Chivay. Chivay, located on the left side of the Colca Canyon, is the central spot for any hike to the many view points of the canyon and there are many activities close by.
We stop in the center of town for a quick breakfast before embarking on our hike to Cruz del Condor (Condor´s Cross) viewpoint. We start hiking early enough that we arrive at the perfect time to possibly see the magnificent condors at very close range. The Andean condor is the second biggest bird in the world and the pictures you get here will make your friends squirm with envy. Enroute, enjoy the wititi local dancers and views of terraces that blanket the valley. Also, find the Antahuilque and the Choquetico Tombs viewpoints. On arrival at Cruz del Condor, we spend time being awe struck by an out of this world view of Andean Condors and the valley.
After, we return to Chivay to visit the small town of Maca that’s known for its colonial church from XVI century. We also get to observe the day to day lives of the locals working tirelessly in their agricultural terraces. Upon arrival in Chivay, we head over to the hot springs of La Calera, for a soak in their therapeutic thermos pools. That’s followed by a shot trip to town for gourmet lunch before heading towards the city Arequipa. Along the way we stop at the highest point between Colca Canyon and Arequipa, Patapampa (4,800m). We get stunning views of the volcanic mountain range that encompasses the essence of this region.
Later we drive to Toqrapampa, to visit small crystal-clear lagoons, with a variety of unique Andean birds swirling around. Finally, we arrive at Pampa Cañahuas National Park, to spend some time with llamas, alpacas, and the national animal of Peru the Vicuñas.
We head to our hotels in Arequipa, arriving around 5pm.
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Our groups are only an average 4 to 6 people with a maximum of 8.
We require a minimum of 2 people to guarantee departure.
Group of 5 or more: $15 USD per person. All you need is to book the trek together at the same time
SAM CORPORATIONS is a family owned travel agency and a tour operator that specializes in tours all over Peru. We are based in Cusco with many years of personal experience trekking and traveling every nook and cranny of Peru. SAM CORPORATIONS is a 100% Cusqueñian Company without any shareholders.
Our focus is on creating small personalized tours & treks strictly and only operated by local professional staff catering in PERSONALIZED and HIGH QUALITY SERVICE. We guarantee a luxurious service and promise to never cut corners.
We take pride in our reputation as a RESPONSIBLE & SUSTAINABLE tour operator. Our staff are our extended family. We support them financially and ensure long term growth by offering them a fair salary. We are proud of our team, without them we wouldn’t be able to offer the best service and lifetime experiences to our clients.
SAM CORPORATIONS knows how important it is to trust in a reliable honest operator to create an unforgettable adventure while in Peru. We stand by our word and deliver on our promises
To ensure a more personalized service for our guests, at SAM CORPORATIONS we have a policy that our groups will not exceed 8 people. This fact alone sets us apart from other companies that operate departures with bigger groups.
We are so proud of our guides! They are highly professional and speak fluent English. They are very knowledgeable and passionate about their country. Our guides are dedicated to continuous personal and professional development. They do research to ensure that you receive accurate and recognized theories in Inca and Andean culture. They are adventure and travel enthusiasts, sharing only the best of what they have personally experienced. Our crew is fun loving, great sports and well-educated. They all hold degrees in one of the following: Archaeology, Tourism, Botany, History or Anthropology.
At SAM CORPORATIONS, we have always believed that we should give back to the local isolated communities. Therefore, as part of our commitment to responsible tourism, we always do many service projects and hire locally.
SAM CORPORATIONS is proud to be able to support our beautiful local people. We use a holistic approach to sustanability and community development. We participate in multiple social projects, we employ from these communities and pay them an above average wage. Self- sustainibilty and long term growth is our main focus.
A beautiful reflection of our attitude in everything we do, is that we wish to make life richer and more meaningful for all involved.
Please read the following information carefully; it will help with your questions about our services and the Lares Trek to Machu Picchu.
The briefing will take place the night before your tour at your hotel.
FIRST, to book your Lares trek to Machu Picchu, we need you to fill out our booking form by clicking on BOOK NOW on our homepage or click the link here: BOOK NOW.
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*** We will need each participant’s passport at the time of booking. They will be need, in order, to purchase tickets.
SECOND, we require a deposit of $53.00 USD per person in order to purchase a permit for the Lares trek Machu Picchu. You can make you deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or you can click on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on our booking page.
If you would like to avoid the high credit card fees in Peru, you may pay in cash at our office (US dollars or Peruvian soles) here in Cusco. There are many ATMS within the historical center to withdraw money. You can also pay by VISA or PAYPAL online but you will have to pay a 5.5% service fee, charged by VISA and PAYPAL. To pay your balance through PAYPAL, you need to log into your PAYPAL account and use our email address email@example.com to complete your payment
The maximum group size is 8 persons. Our groups are usually between 2-6 people. Sam Corporations specializes in SMALL, PRIVATE groups and provide a personalised service.
Absolutely!! Hotel drop off is included in your package.
If you’re happy with the services provided, a tip – though not compulsory – is appreciated. While it may not be customary in your country, it’s of great significance for the people who will take care of you during the tour. It inspires them to give excellent service and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many SAM CORPORATIONS destinations. Of course, you are free to tip as much as you would like, depending on your perception of the quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
Yes, we are a locally sustainable & responsible tourism operator. That incorporates universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our local staff to know and understand, respect the places and the local people
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Our groups never exceed 10 people, giving you a personalized tour in our small comfortable vans
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