Chivay Travel Guide

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Chivay Things to Do

  • La Calera Hot Springs.

    These hot springs are located four kms from Chivay, two big swiming pools with showers, and a small cafeteria. I was surprised to find different swiming pools (and prices) for peruvians and tourists.

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  • Visit La Calera Hot Springs

    The La Calera hot springs are a great place to unwind after some trekking or taking the long, winding road from Arequipa to Chivay. Just 5 kilometers east of town, the hot springs are a short walk or a quick ride away.

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  • Walk to the hot springs

    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...

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  • El Nido del Condor

    Chivay is a small city at the Colca Valley, and a overnight stop from Arequipa, to visit the Colca Canyon and the Condor's watch point.Wake up early, and you'll have this great view.

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  • Chivay market

    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....

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  • Chivay Hot Springs

    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...

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Chivay Restaurants

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    by euzkadi Written Apr 17, 2007

    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.

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Chivay Nightlife

  • Irish pub with some altitude

    Mc Elroy is an Irish pub in Chivay. As any irish pub it's not the cheapest place to drink but very cozy. There is a pool table. Beware of drinking on this altitude it might hit you a bit faster then normal, it's worth trying though.

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  • Irish bar in Chivay

    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,...

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Chivay Shopping

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    by carlitoab Written Jun 10, 2005

    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

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    • Budget Travel
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Chivay Warnings and Dangers

  • by gt4715b Written Sep 19, 2004

    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.

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Chivay What to Pack

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    by euzkadi Written Apr 18, 2007

    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.

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    • Eco-Tourism

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Chivay Favorites

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    by euzkadi Written Apr 17, 2007

    Favorite thing: The main headwater of the Amazon river flows from this mountain to the river Apurimac an then to the amazon.

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