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1-Day Chonta Canyon Trek

Journey through the magnificent Chonta Canyon for a day, with the chance to observe the splendid Andean condors in their natural habitat.

Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

1 Day

Difficulty

6/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

Overview

1-Day Chonta Canyon Trek Overview

Immerse yourself in a day-long expedition that transcends the ordinary, as you journey through the heart of the Andes with our exclusive 1-Day Chonta Canyon Trek. This tour is an exquisite blend of cultural discovery and natural splendor, tailored for those seeking an authentic Andean experience within a limited timeframe. Embark on a captivating drive from Cusco, enriched with historical stops that unravel the tapestry of the region’s rich Incan heritage. The route to Chonta is not just a journey but a visual feast, offering panoramic views of majestic landscapes that encapsulate the essence of the Peruvian Andes.

As you reach the pinnacle of this tour, prepare for an encounter with the magnificent Andean condor, a symbol of strength and freedom in Andean mythology. The Chonta Canyon Viewpoint, your destination, serves as a natural stage for these majestic birds to showcase their awe-inspiring flight. This experience is more than just wildlife spotting; it’s a profound moment of connection with nature, set against the backdrop of the breathtaking Andean mountains. Our 1-Day Chonta Canyon Trek is an invitation to step away from the ordinary and embrace a day filled with extraordinary moments, cultural depth, and natural wonders.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 7:00 AM
Estimated Return Time 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Mollepata, Soraypampa, Humantay Lake, Humantay glacier, and Salkantay Mountain

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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 07:00
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 07:00
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 07:00
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 07:00
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 07:00
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1-Day Chonta Canyon Trek

Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Cusco – Limatambo – Chonta – Cusco.

Your adventure starts with an early departure from Cusco at 7:00 AM, marking the beginning of an unforgettable journey along the Cusco-Limatambo route. This two-hour drive is anything but ordinary, filled with captivating stops at the ancient archaeological sites of Kilarumiyoc and Tarawasi. Each stop offers a unique chance to stretch your legs, capture stunning photos, and delve into the region’s deep cultural history, guided by the expertise of your knowledgeable guide.

As the journey unfolds, you ascend towards the charming community of Chonta, reaching an elevation of 3,400 meters. The drive is interspersed with visits to key scenic spots, allowing you to take in the breathtaking views of the Salkantay snow-capped mountain and the sprawling Limatambo valley. Arriving in Chonta around noon, a delicious lunch awaits, served against the picturesque backdrop of the Salkantay mountain range – a perfect complement to the day’s experiences.

The afternoon heralds the main event: a 1.5-hour trek to the Condor Canyon Viewpoint. This hike not only immerses you in the serene beauty of the Andean landscape but also sets the stage for a truly majestic spectacle. At the viewpoint, you have about two hours to observe the awe-inspiring flight of the Andean condors. These magnificent birds often grace the skies close to the viewpoint, providing a rare and exhilarating opportunity to witness them at a proximity of just 20 meters. It’s a natural spectacle that’s both humbling and unforgettable.

As the day winds down, you’ll trek back to Chonta and begin the return journey to Cusco, arriving around 8:00 PM. The 1-Day Chonta Canyon Trek is more than just a chance to see the majestic Andean condor in its natural habitat; it’s a rich blend of cultural insights and natural beauty, creating an adventure that will stay with you for a lifetime.

Tour Highlights

1-Day Chonta Canyon Trek Highlights

  • Historical and Cultural Insights: Begin your journey with a scenic drive from Cusco, enriched by stops at the ancient archaeological sites of Kilarumiyoc and Tarawasi. These visits provide a deep dive into the Incan civilization’s rich cultural heritage, offering insights into their historical significance and architectural prowess.
  • Breathtaking Andean Landscapes: As you travel towards Chonta, enjoy the stunning vistas of the Salkantay snow-capped mountain and the sprawling Limatambo valley. The route offers a visual journey through some of the most spectacular landscapes in the Andes, showcasing the region’s natural beauty.
  • The Condor Canyon Viewpoint Trek: Embark on a 1.5-hour trek to the Condor Canyon Viewpoint, a journey that immerses you in the serene beauty of the Andean landscape and prepares you for the day’s highlight.
  • Majestic Andean Condor Spotting: Experience the thrill of observing the Andean condor in its natural habitat. The viewpoint provides a rare opportunity to watch these magnificent birds soar through the sky, often coming within close proximity for a truly unforgettable experience.
  • Connecting with Nature: This trek is more than a wildlife encounter; it’s an opportunity to connect deeply with the natural world, surrounded by the grandeur of the Andes and the tranquility of Chonta Canyon.
  • Comprehensive One-Day Adventure: Designed as a full-day tour, this experience offers a perfect blend of adventure, culture, and nature, making it ideal for those who wish to experience the essence of the Andes in a limited timeframe.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Detailing Every Aspect of Your Travel Experience: What’s Included and What’s Not

Standard Inclusions

All package options include the following:

  • Pre-departure briefing at your hotel/office 1 or 2 days before the trek.
  • Bilingual English-speaking tour guide.
  • An additional guide for larger groups (more than 12 participants).
  • Convenient hotel pick-up and drop-off to ensure a hassle-free experience.
  • Efficient round-trip transportation to the trek’s starting point.
  • All Permits and Fees: Including access to the Condor Canyon Viewpoint.
  • Meals: A delicious local lunch at Chonta.
  • Vegetarian and vegan options at no extra cost.
  • Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit on standby.

Exclusions:

Not included in our standard tour packages. Consider additional costs. Deluxe packages may cover some exclusions, as specified in the Additional Inclusions section.

  • Trekking poles (available for rent).
  • Travel/health/emergency insurance.
  • Tips (optional and at your discretion).

Additional Inclusions

Deluxe Packages Only

Elevate your travel experience with our bespoke Deluxe Package, meticulously designed to offer an array of premium amenities and services.

Deluxe Packages Include:

  • Master Chef: Enjoy meals prepared by our expert chef.
  • Dining Equipment: Portable chairs and tables for comfortable dining.
  • Buffet Lunch: Delight in a buffet lunch during the trek.
  • Walking Sticks: 01 pair per person for added stability.
  • Private Transportation: Transportation exclusively for your group.
  • Expert Guide: Professional guide for personalized exploration.
  • Fair Compensation: We ensure fair compensation for all our dedicated team members.

Prices

Discover our diverse tour offerings, catering to various interests and providing unforgettable experiences for every traveler.

Standard Large Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 16ppl Max

USD

130

Per Person

Join a diverse group of travelers for an economical shared experience.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Standard Small Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 8ppl Max

USD

150

Per Person

Enjoy a more intimate setting, ideal for closer interactions and bonding.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

180

Per Person

Curate your journey with exclusivity tailored to your group’s preferences.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Deluxe Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

290

Per Person

Indulge in luxury, enhancing every aspect of your tour for a memorable experience.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

290

Per Person

Embrace the freedom of a solo adventure, with options to mingle or stay independent.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service or Join a Group

Deluxe Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

480

Per Person

Elevate your solo journey with added luxury and attentive service.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Special Discounts

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 30 for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Infants younger than 2 years old are free (must ride on the adult’s lap; for a separate seat, add them as a child).
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

*Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

Kindly take a moment to read our Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy before booking. Happy adventuring!

Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure – Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

Expansive Payment Options for Ease and Flexibility

In line with our commitment to your convenience, Peru Tripper accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments – Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Flexible Cancellation Options for Clients

We understand that circumstances can change, sometimes unexpectedly. If you find the need to cancel your booking, you have the flexibility to do so up to 30 days before the tour start date. In this case, you will receive a full refund minus a 10% administration fee, acknowledging the efforts and resources already invested in planning your tour. Any additional balance paid will also be refunded, ensuring a fair and transparent process.

Understanding Cancellations Within 30 Days

We wish to draw your attention to our policy for cancellations made within 30 days of the tour departure. Given the advanced stage of preparations and commitments made at this juncture, we are unable to offer refunds. This policy is in place to balance the significant logistical arrangements and reservations made on your behalf.

Navigating Through Force Majeure

In the event of extraordinary and uncontrollable circumstances, such as natural disasters or significant political unrest, Huaynas Expeditions adopts a flexible approach. We prioritize your safety and satisfaction, offering to reschedule your trip or provide a credit for future travel, subject to availability.

Strong Advocacy for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

We cannot overstate the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. Such insurance plays a critical role in safeguarding your investment against unforeseen cancellations, emergencies, and other unexpected scenarios. It is a proactive measure to ensure peace of mind throughout your journey. Peru Tripper is not responsible for any expenses arising from incidents not covered by your insurance policy.

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What to Pack

Your Essential Packing Guide for a Hassle-Free Adventure

Packing List

Prepare for an unforgettable journey with our essential packing guide. Here’s what you need to bring:

  • Light day pack with clothes for varied temperatures.
  • Rain gear or poncho.
  • Waterproof trekking boots.
  • Camera, film & batteries.
  • Sunblock & after-sun hydrating cream.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, fruits, etc.).
  • Reusable canteen with water.
  • Personal medical kit (special medications, paracetamol, blister treatment, etc.).
  • Small towel/sarong.
  • Cash for snacks, tips & souvenirs.
  • Walking sticks/poles.

Note:

This list is a general guideline. Adjustments may be necessary based on personal preferences and the season of travel. Always check the weather forecast before your trip and feel free to reach out to us for any specific advice or requirements.

Packing Tips

Pack Wisely with Our Essential Packing Tips

  • Pack Light: Remember that you’ll need to carry everything you bring.
  • Organize Your Pack: Use packing cubes or ziplock bags to keep your gear organized and easy to find.
  • Prepare for the Weather: The weather can change quickly, so pack for all conditions. Always have a rain jacket or poncho handy.
  • Secure Your Valuables: Keep your passport, money, and other valuables secure and on you at all times.
  • Layer Up: Dressing in layers is key. It allows you to quickly adapt to changing temperatures.
  • Waterproof Everything: Ensure that your pack is waterproof or that you have a rain cover. Keep all electronics and important documents in waterproof bags.
  • Respect the Environment: Consider using eco-friendly products and always take your trash with you.

Frequently Asked Questions

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