INTRODUCTION

To visit Colca Canyon is to step inside Peru’s history. Breathtaking landscapes, untouched by time, offer a unique opportunity to experience an incredible range of activities and ways of local life. Las Casitas del Colca is the ideal place to create new and unforgettable memories. Discover historic towns; share the valley’s customs and traditions. Explore ancient roads by bicycle, horse or on foot. These are just a small selection of the activities you can enjoy with us.

BACK TO NATURE
1. Lords of the Andes Lords of the Andes: this is the name by which the Colca Valley’s famous condors are known. Start your adventure early in the morning by heading through the towns of Yanque, Maca and Pinchillo to reach the Cruz del Condor viewpoint. This is where the birds put on their dramatic display: wings outstretched, riding the thermal currents. On the way back, the viewpoints of Antahuilque and Choquetico offer more breathtaking landscapes. Our last stop is Maca, known for its pretty church and its famous tame eagle Juan el Bueno. Start time: 7:30 am / Duration: 3 hours Level: Easy Classic Tour: U$65 Includes: Transportation, water and guide. The Colca Experience: U$120.00 / Includes: Transportation, guide, admission and a luxurious picnic.

2. The Wonder of Nature Along our route to and from La Cruz del Condor we stop and walk through pristine landscapes, in among the canyon’s flora and fauna as it has existed, untouched, for centuries. You will be amazed by the condor's majesty: the wingspan of this impressive bird can measure up to 3 meters. Discover beautiful landscapes, spectacular viewpoints and fascinating towns, including Maca, known for its pretty church. Start time : 7:30 am / Duration: From 4 to 5 hours Level: Easy Classic Tour: U$115 / Includes: Private transportation and guide. The Colca Experience: U$140 / Includes: Private transportation, admission, guide and a luxurious picnic.

Adventure

DISCOVERING HISTORY
3. Religion and Architecture
Follow the circuit of churches in the valley and travel back into the past. These delightful baroque and rococo buildings adorn the towns of Achola, Maca and Pinchillo. Other highlights include the church of San Juan Bautista in Ichupampa which still holds its original collection of Cusquena School paintings, while the 18th-century Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion de Chivay is a feast of architecture and atmosphere. The tour finishes in the exceptionally beautiful La Inmaculada Concepcion in Yanque, where the Orden Mercedaria was established in the 16th century. Start time: 8:00 am / Duration: 3.5 hours Level: Easy Classic Tour: U$30 / Includes: Private Transportation and guide. The Colca Experience: U$65 / Includes Private Transportation, guide and picnic.

Culture

4. Valley Churches: Religion and Architecture of the Conquistadors
We visit Yanque, setting of the beautiful Inmaculada Concepcion church, then continue to the Sifon river to see the 'collcas', where food was stored during pre-Inca times. Our next stop, Coporaque, is known for its pretty central square and church built on ancient stones. We then drive to the top of the San Miguel mountain, where we see an archaeological site that was once a ceremonial centre.

Start time: 8.00 am / Duration: 3.30 hours Level: Intermediate Classic Tour: U$30.00 / Includes: Transportation and guide. The Colca Experience: U$65 / Includes: Private transportation, guide and picnic

WALKING THROUGH HISTORY
5. An Encounter with History [Close encounters with the Canyon]
This beautiful walk sets o from Las Casitas del Colca, taking us through delightful countryside. Passing through fields that have been farmed for centuries, we arrive at Yanque, a traditional town where we visit its impressive church, and, if time permits, the local museum. Start time: 8.00 am / Duration: 1.30 hours. Level: Advanced Classic Walk: U$30.00 Includes: Private transportation and guide

6. The Heritage of the Collaguas
Our adventure takes us deep inside the culture of the Collaguas (the traditional inhabitants of the Colca Valley). Starting at Las Casitas del Colca, we walk through the fields towards Yanque. On the way, we are likely to spot many different kinds of birds, including the giant hummingbird, one of the canyon’s most famous native species. We then visit the thermal baths of Yanque and the fascinating ruins of Uyu-Uyu, an old Inca settlement. Duration: 3 hours. Level: Intermediate Classic Walk: [ Price????] Includes: Private transportation and guide.

ADVENTURES IN THE CANYON
7. Towards the Colca Canyon [Into the San Galle Oasis]
Setting off from Las Casitas del Colca, we drive to Cabanaconde, location of the Cruz del Condor, where we see the valley’s majestic ‘Lords of the Andes’ in flight. We then descend to the San Galle Oasis, a paradise of palm trees and orchards, where we enjoy a lunch that includes delicious locally-grown fruits. Our return is a real adventure: we ascend the mountain by mule to return to the hotel. Duration: Full day [Start?] Level: Advanced Classic Tour: U$70 / Includes: Private transportation, guide and lunchbox.

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8. Discover The Canyon by horse
Up into the Hills Exploring The Canyon on a Peruvian Caballo de Paso horse is an unforgettable experience. From Las Casitas del Colca we climb a hill that offers fabulous views of the towns of Ichupampa and Yanque, and spectacular Inca terraces. Duration: 1.30 hours Level: Easy Classic Activity: U$40 / Includes: Horse The Colca Experience: U$110 / Includes: Horse and picnic

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Along the Yanque Highway From Las Casitas del Colca we set off along the Highway towards Yanque Town where we visit the church and the museum. Duration: 1.30 hours Level: Easy Classic Activity: U$40 / Includes: Horse The Colca Experience: U$110 / Includes: Horse and picnic.

Visit to Ichupampa: Setting off from Las Casitas del Colca, we head to Yanque, where we visit the church and museum. Our route takes us to the Thermal Baths of Chacapi (optional visit , ticket not included). We then cross the Cervantes bridge to reach the town of Ichupampa. Duration: 2.30 hours Level: Easy Classic Activity: U$40 / Includes: Horse The Colca Experience: U$110 / Includes: Horse and picnic. Duration: 2.30 hours Level: Easy Classic Tour: U$30 / Includes: Guide, bicycles and safety equipment The Colca Experience: U$110 / Includes: Guide, bicycles, safety equipment and picnic.

9. Biking through The Canyon
Our experienced guides will introduce you to The Colca Valley in a fun, unusual and adventure-packed way. Visit to Yanque Town Setting off from Las Casitas del Colca, we ascend a mountain and then return to Yanque, before cycling back to the hotel through beautiful landscapes. Duration: 3 hours. Level: Easy Classic Tour: U$30 / Includes: Guide, bikes and safety equipment. The Colca Experience: U$110 / Includes: Guide, bicycles, picnic and safety equipment. Descent from the Mismi Viewpoint via Chivay Setting off from Las Casitas del Colca, we cycle to the town of Chivay and then continue to Yanque to visit the church and museum. Taking a pretty vehicle-free road, we return to the hotel.

*Please bring sunglasses and sunscreen

10. Exploring the Valley by Motorcycle or Quad Bike
From Las Casitas del Colca we head to the thermal baths near Yanque. On our way we stop to explore the towns of Ichupampa, Lari, Maca and Achola , whose inhabitants wear brightly-embroidered costumes and where many other aspects of traditional culture still thrive. Duration: 4 hours Level: Intermediate Classic Tour: For 4 hours: U$82 per person; U$98 for two people, sharing a motorcycle. Includes: Guide, motorcycle or quad bike, basic equipment (helmet and gloves), full instruction*.

SPA
After an exciting day out in the canyon we invite you to enjoy a complimentary 10-minute head massage in the Samay Spa. Other relaxing experiences in the Spa include the following three massage treatments. (All are performed using traditional Andean techniques and local products.) 11. Samay Massage: A warm pack of herbal seeds is placed on your back as part of this relaxing, head-to-toe massage. 12. Altu Massage: Recommended for guests who su er from altitude sickness. The massage begins with the placing of a pack of warm seeds on your stomach and coca leaves on your forehead. 13. Couples' Hideaway: This massage takes place in our double room, which includes a Jacuzzi and a steam room. You will enjoy two hours of your chosen treatment.

Relax

FREE ACTIVITIES WITH IN THE HOTEL
RELAX: Yoga Fishing Croquet Massage Lessons Painting Cooking Lessons Origami ADVENTURE Kids' Club Feeding Baby Alpacas CULTURE Cooking Lessons Gardening Horse Care Spanish Lessons Lessons in the Bar Quechua Lessons Bird Watching Star Gazing

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