The Colca region, a huge stretch of a dramatic landscape carved by the river of the same name but also by winds that lift the heavyweight condors above all heights, it is a valley pinpointed of places of unique interest as well as several settlements of still culturally authentic people.
Although nowadays it is a very popular destination among visitors -in a way that it can be considered a crowds magnet, there are ways to manage the situation visiting and staying at unique and off the beaten path locations, and even better if getting around using your own pump to spin your bike wheels up and down the valley.
Our Colca on bikes programs are calling the attention of our clients given its creative way to get around the overly visited locations. Here we present you a few options of one to three days giving you the chance to choose how deeper you want to dunk yourself into the mostly unknown facets of the region.
Day 1 From Chivay (3.635 m) along the river to Callalli (3.867 m), a small detour with the purpose of visiting unique places like the Mollepunku, caves where paintings and engravings of ancestral times are located, as well as the rock formations known as “the castles”, the town itself and its church, and of course LUNCH! Followed by the last few kilometers towards the town of Sibayo (3.867 m) to be welcomed by your host family for a nice rest and get replenished for day 2.
Day 2 Return to Chivay in a more relaxed itinerary enjoying the beautiful natural surrounding, stopping to visit the town of Tuti (3.790 m) and ending at the hot springs of La Calera, near Chivay.
Day 3 (this 3rd day of the 3d2n program can be done as a separate one-day plan)
The last but most physically demanding day of the program as you will visit many towns in the way: Coporaque, Ichupampa and Lari, but no worries as you will be supported by a motorized vehicle, especially during the steepest section from Lari to Pinchollo (3.330 to 3.625 m). The next thing to do will be to see the condors to come back to their roosting sites at Mirador de la Cruz (3.800 m) before pedaling down one last time to your final destination in Cabanaconde (3.287 m)
Our services include the following gear and support along the whole way:
- Front suspension bicycles
- Helmet, gloves and shin guards
- Guide (staff on bike)
- Support vehicle
- First aid kit
Other options are the half-day excursions:
DOWNHILL Patapampa (Mirador) to Chivay [20 Km Easy to Mid difficulty]
Patapampa is the highest point of the Colca circuit (4.900 m) and one of the ideal viewpoints of the chain of volcanoes of southern Peru, like Ampato, the second highest mountain of Arequipa wherein 1995 was found ice maiden known as Juanita.
A nice asphalt road is followed to the deepest valley of Chivay (3.635 m). For experienced bikers, the route can be combined with dirt trails only used by local people.
CROSS-COUNTRY Chivay – Coporaque – Yanque [14 Km Easy and ideal for families]
Arriving Chivay, the commercial village of Colca, you will follow the right bank of the river to enjoy the beauty of the surroundings, visiting different villages as Coporaque to see the oldest Chapel and Temple of the whole valley. Then to Ocolle’s viewpoint to see the “amphitheater”, a place surrounded by pre-Inca terraces that show the impressive and advanced agricultural technology and irrigation system of the Collaguas Ethnic. In the way, you will also see the “Colcas”, niches in the rock which were used as grainers during that time.
The end of the excursion will take place at the hot springs of Chaccapi (optional) then a car ride to the homestay in Yanque.
Plenty of other options remain in our scope of activities in this valley. Your tour will be always customized to fit your preferences. Ask us if your interest is different or if you want to immerse even more emailing us at english @ responsibletravelperu.com or even better by filling out our brief questionnaire.