You can take a bus or a taxi from Chivay to the "la calera" hot springs, but a more rewarding and cheaper way to do it is to walk there. It's about 3kms and a great way to get used to the altitude. You walk next to the colca river and there are some nice views on the way. The hot springs feel much better if you did an effort to get there. How to...more
This is a nice, relaxed market where you can feel free to browse without all the movement of the markets at Pisac or Chincheros in the Sacred Valley, for example. Here the prices are generally better than can be found in Arequipa, although my sense of it is that you won't find the really high quality alpaca goods here like you would in Arequipa....more
These hot springs about 3 km outside of Chivay are a treat after a long hike, or anytime. When I was there, there were two pools open, an indoor pool and a larger outdoor pool. Both pools offer water temperatures of around 38ºC or 98ºF. If you go when there is a chill in the air, going to the outside pool in a wonderful choice. The contrast between...more
I saw some restaurants in Chivay, but the dinner in this nice restaurant was included in my tour. It was a great buffet dinner of peruvian food, also some dances for tourists.
Yeah, that's right. There's an Irish bar in Chivay, Peru. This small place is a fine place to grab a beer, if you're up for drinking at this altitude. This place with a pool table for free use and a small TV was quiet on the Wednesday night I was there. There is a happy hour from 6:30-7:30 and 9:30-10:30 every evening offering 2 drinks for S/. 8,...more
When in Chivay, which you might have to spend a night in if you're travelling to see the Colca canyon, you might want to get some extra clothes/hats/gloves. Not only does it get freezing at night but you can also pick things up for good prices.
What to buy: Clothes, hats, gloves etc..
What to pay: Less than city prices
Being located at a height of about 3700 meters, the altitude here can alter the effects of alcohol, making it more potent. Be careful and don't drink to excess if you drink at all. This isn't the place to prove your alcohol tolerance.
Luggage and bags: I visited Chivay during the easter holidays, and it was very cold at night (we had an electric heather in our room), so bring warm clothes even when is not winter time.
Favorite thing: The main headwater of the Amazon river flows from this mountain to the river Apurimac an then to the amazon.