Chonta Canyon Day Adventure: Majestic Views and Condor Spotting

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

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Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

1 Day

Difficulty

6/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

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 - 07:30 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
  • Deluxe Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 07:00

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Tour Itinerary

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

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.

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Tour 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.

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Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

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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, Peru Tripper 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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Discounts

Special Discounts

 

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 20 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.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Dive into our in-depth guide on what’s included and not included for all package options on the 1-Day Chonta Canyon Trek. With these carefully put-together lists, you’ll know exactly what to anticipate when booking the journey of a lifetime.

Standard Inclusions

Our Standard package offers a range of amenities and services for a comfortable and enjoyable trip experience. All package options include the following:

Not Included

The following items are not included in our trek packages. Please consider these additional costs when preparing for your trek. Note that some exclusions may be included in the Deluxe package, as mentioned in the Additional Inclusions section:

Additional Inclusions (Deluxe Package)

Upgrade to our Deluxe package for an enhanced and luxurious trekking experience. The Deluxe package includes these premium amenities and services, which can also be added individually to the Standard package:

What to Pack

When embarking on the 1-Day Chonta Canyon Trek, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

Packing List

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

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Dive into our FAQ section for detailed responses to common queries. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, our team is just a click away to assist you.

Are there any safety measures in place during the trek?

Your safety is our top priority during the trek. Our guides are experienced and have received first aid and safety training. In addition, they carry a first aid kit and a satellite phone for emergency communication. We also follow strict guidelines to ensure environmental sustainability and protect the natural beauty of the trail.

Can I store my luggage at the Peru Tripper office while I’m on the trek?

Yes, Peru Tripper offers a secure luggage storage service at our office in Cusco. You can leave any belongings you don’t need during the trek, such as suitcases or extra clothing, with us.

How large are the trekking groups?

Group sizes can vary. We aim to maintain small to medium sized groups to ensure a personalized and enjoyable experience for all guests.

Do I need any vaccinations before the trek?

While no specific vaccinations are required for the trek, we recommend being up-to-date on routine vaccines. Travelers should consider speaking with their doctor about their travel plans and any recommended vaccinations.

Do I need to carry a first aid kit?

While it’s always a good idea to carry basic first aid supplies, our guides will have a comprehensive first aid kit for emergencies.

What type of guide will be leading the trek?

Our treks are led by experienced, English-speaking guides who are knowledgeable about the region’s history, culture, and flora/fauna. Our guides are certified and trained in wilderness first aid and altitude-related health issues to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants.

Will there be a briefing before the trek begins?

Yes, there will be a pre-trek briefing the day before the trek starts. During the briefing, our experienced guides will provide detailed information about the trek, answer any questions, and ensure that all participants are adequately prepared for the adventure.

What type of weather can we expect?

The weather can vary, but typically the dry season from May to October offers sunny days and cold nights. The rainy season runs from November to April.

Can I rent trekking gear from you?

Yes, we offer rental of trekking gear such as walking poles and sleeping bags. Please contact us directly for more information on our rental options and prices.

What's the best time of year to do this trek?

The trek is accessible year-round. However, the dry season, from May to September, offers clearer skies and a lower chance of rain.

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