Hotel 3 ***
Private or Shared Transportation
Since the beginning of times, men has always raised his eyes to the sky, looking for answers about his connection to the universe and the origin of his provenance. He has always wanted to reflect what he saw on the sky on earth and understand nature, to try to systematize time and even seek its spiritual and religious significance. In that great search, in the Andes, men have found many answers in the universe, for example, considering it as a cosmic force (Pachakama) and when interacting with the telluric force (Pachamama), they generate all forms of life and interact with every process of nature and life. This concept confirms the energetic interrelation between earth and cosmos, being the Pachamama the essence that provides, nourishes and sustains men kind, while the Pachakama represents the invisible, the cosmic energy that protects and guides us through our stay on earth. Join us to this mystical and spiritual journey where we will learn of the Andes believes and traditions!
Upon arrival at Lima’s airport, a private driver will be meeting and driving you to your hotel. Free evening in the dynamic districts of the Peruvian capital. Overnight in Lima.
During the morning, a transportation will take us to the airport for your domestic flight to Arequipa. Upon arrival, our staff will be there to greet, meet and transfer you to your hotel located at the heart of the city. Time to rest and adjust to the altitude. Free afternoon. Overnight in Arequipa.
In the morning, we will discover the so-called white city and its colonial center by walking: the Plaza de Armas, the Santuarios Andinos museum and the Santa Catalina’s Convent. A true city with its alleys lined with colorful houses. We will then go to the Yanahuara and Cayma overlooks, which offer panoramic views of the fabulous surrounding volcanoes. We will stop for lunch at a traditional Peruvian restaurant and then return to the hotel. Free evening and overnight in Arequipa.
Early in the morning, we will depart for the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world. Along the way, we will pass at the slope of the Chachani, and cross part of the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve, populated by wild vicuñas. The road gradually climbs to reach its highest point: El mirador de los volcanes at 4900 m or 16,076ft. From there, the view of the Ampato (6400m//20,997ft), the Sabancaya (5976m//19,606ft), and the HuallcaHuallca (6025m//19,767ft) is breathtaking. In this place we will do a ceremony called Saywas, pilling a group of stones a praying with Kintu (coca leaves) to the highest mountains to obtain energy and connect with nature. There will be a descent towards Chivay, where we will stop for lunch) and will be our place for overnight. End of the day free. Overnight in Chivay.
Extra activities to do in the afternoon: (not included in package) Bathing in the thermal baths (bring your bathing suit and towel).
After breakfast, departure for “la Cruz Del Cóndor” (Condors cross), a viewpoint that offers a magnificent view of the Colca Canyon from the first rays of the sun. This is where you can admire the flight of the condor, the largest bird in the world. We will do a Despacho (an offering ceremony to mother earth) to attract the energy of the Hanan Pacha (The world above) offering Kintus. Return to Chivay and time to have lunch. In the afternoon, we will depart to Coporaque and start a walk towards Yanque (approx. 2h). Both towns are very close to Chivay and we will able to witness the way of life of the inhabitants has changed little since Inca’s times. On our way, we will do a little Huchuy Despacho in honor of the volcanoes and its energy, also we will connect with the Uku Pacha (The world below). Return to Chivay and overnight at the Hotel.
Early in the morning we will depart towards the still active Sabancaya volcano (5975 m // 19,603 ft.), located 5 hours away from Chivay. We will stop at the Patapampa overlook, where we will witness the pre-eruption activity of the volcano. We start our mystical session with a Saywa ceremony, to be able to connect with the living energy of the Pachamama (Mother Earth), in this case represented by the Sabancaya. We will continue our experience arriving to the geysers, a special type of hot spring that periodically emits a column of hot water and steam into the air. We will be able to do a cleansing and purification ceremony there. After a picnic lunch at the fabulous place, return to Chivay and overnight at the Hotel.
After breakfast, we will head back to the city of Arequipa to be transferred to the airport to board the flight to Lima. Reception and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Lima.
* Optional: Departure from Chivay on destination of Cusco, to do the Andes Initiation program.
* Optional: Depart from Chivay on destination of Puno, to do the Mystical Cusco and Lake Titicaca program.
Transfer to the airport of Lima. This flight can correspond with your international one.
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