Your Colca Canyon Immersion Experience will place you directly amidst the rich traditional culture of this very special region. Enjoy a truly unique few days living with local indigenous Collagua families, whose culture predates that of the Incas.
Day One: Arequipa – Pampa Cañahuas – YanqueBegin your Colca Canyon Immersion Experience by exploring the spectacular natural beauty of the Colca Valley. At Pampa Cañahua National Park, you can see a huge array of Andean wildlife and birdlife while also enjoying the spectacular volcanic vistas. Furthermore, you will climb to almost 5000m above sea level to enjoy the spiritual atmosphere and breathtaking views of Patapampa Pass.In the afternoon, discover the rich traditional culture of the Colca Valley with a homestay at a local village. Hence you will learn traditional crafts and enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal with the Collagua people, whose culture actually predates that of the Incas.Day Two: Soar with the condors and learn about the town of SibayoYour local experience continues with a performance of the traditional Wititi dance. You will then head to the lookout point at Cruz del Condor for a chance to see the elusive Andean condor soaring over the Colca Canyon. Continue to the village of Sibayo, famous for its ancient stone masonry. Here you will enjoy a true Colca Canyon immersion experience by staying with a local family. In addition, you will have a fun time dressing up in traditional clothing before heading out on a pleasant trek with friendly local llamas and their herders.Day Three: Shearing alpacas and llamas in SibayoThis morning, your local cultural experience continues with a visit to a community of alpaca herders just outside Sibayo. Spend time with Peru’s national animals and their herders and here you will also learn about the traditional art of alpaca shearing. In the afternoon, you’ll enjoy a scenic hike along an original Inca Trail. In addition, take a relaxing soak in the hot springs of Chivay before making your return to Arequipa.