The Flight of the Condor near Cusco
Explore some off the beaten track places using as your home a beautiful rural Lodge near Limatambo. Hike to the Mirador of condors in the Apurimac canyon and observe this majestic bird soaring in its natural habitat. Visit some little-known Inka sites in the magical Apurimac region and relax in a beauty spot with views of the snowy peak of Mount Humantay. 5 days/4 nights Private Tour from US $ 999.-
We collect you from your hotel in Cusco and travel through the highlands of Anta towards the Northwest. After passing the pass of Huillque we descend into the beautiful Limatambo valley. On a clear day, we may enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Salkantay, the second highest Apu of the region (6,272 m). After passing Limatambo town we take a well-preserved dirt road up to the picturesque highland hamlet of Chonta. Here we take our home-cooked picnic lunch before starting our two-hour trek (moderate difficulty). We may spot typical highland birds on the way including some raptors and appreciate the pretty flora and the dramatic scenery as we approach the canyon. A short hike downhill will take us to the Mirador where we will refresh ourselves with a cup of hot tea. It is worth showing some patience and to wait at this marvelous spot for 2-3 hours in order to observe the condors soaring upwards, being transported by thermal winds. A truly spectacular birding experience and a highlight for every nature enthusiast! in the early afternoon we start our hike back to Chonta from where our vehicle will take us down to our Lodge near Limatambo. The accommodation is in comfortable bungalows built in the Andean style with views of the gardens and Mount Humantay. After a hearty dinner, you may enjoy a soul-warming log fire in the lounge of the cozy Lodge. Picnic lunch & D
We start early driving first to the picturesque Andean town of Mollepata and then on to the foot of the Choquechurco mountain from where a 2-hour uphill hike through beautiful scenery will take us to the little-known Inka ruins of the same name, nestled in a magic dwarf forest. You will have great views of the mighty snow-clad Mount Humantay and also the whole of the area. After hiking downhill to Cruzpata we will enjoy a picnic lunch and relax in a deck chair. We return to the Lodge in the afternoon. Overnight at the Andean Spirit Lodge. Full board.
Our destination for today is the thermal baths of Cconoc at the Apurimac River lower down. The views of the river are spectacular. This is one of the wildest regions of Peru. Ease your muscles in the mineral-rich water of the thermal spring before enjoying another of our nourishing picnic lunches. Relax body and mind by a cozy log fire in the evening. Overnight at the Andean Spirit Lodge. Full board.
Today is free at your own disposal at the Lodge. Soak in the peaceful environment, explore the garden trails, pet our animals or read a book in a hammock. You may book a pottery class, a Yoga class, a meditation or a massage if you wish. The idea is that you relax. Overnight at the Andean Spirit Lodge. Full board.
Today we return to Cusco visiting the mysterious Inka sites of Killarumiyoq and Tarawasi on the way. Home-cooked picnic lunch en route. We arrive in Cusco in the afternoon. B & L. End of all services.
- Transfers from/to Cusco
- 4 nights in private bungalow at the Andean Spirit Lodge
- Vegetarian/vegan meals as described
- Included excursions as described
- Entries to the archeological sites included in the holiday
- English speaking guide
- Internal flights
- Optional extras like Yoga and meditation
- Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks
- Tips and gratuities
Prices in USD per person:
1 person USD 2,580.-
2 people USD 1,375.-
3 people USD 1,225.-
4 people USD 999.-Condor Viewpoint of Chonta - Andean SpiritMount Humantay - Andean Spirit DestinationsThe View from Choquechurco - Andean SpiritInca site of Choquechurco - Andean SpiritThermal Baths of Cconoc - Andea Spirit DestinationsBungalow at Andean Spirit LodgeBungalow at the Andean Spirit Lodge