The drive from Puno to Chivay usually takes around 4 hours, but with the hop-on hop-off bus and all the scenic stoppages, it took 6 hours to arrive at Chivay. We stayed overnight at Chivay since the next day, we would explore Colca Canyon (Cañón Del Colca). The bus ticket, the full-day tour of Colca Canyon and the drive from Chivay to Arequipa the next day were arranged by Majestic Tour, the same agent that arranged our train and entrance to Machu Picchu.
Since it’s a packaged tour, they sub-contract our transfer from Puno to Chivay to a bus company namely 4M Express. At 6:30 in the morning a woman collected us and asked us to wait at a bus station while she collected another passenger in a nearby locations. After all passengers were collected, we were ready to depart to Chivay.
After we took shower and rest, we continued to the hot spring. It wasn’t in the La Calera hot springs, but in the Umaru Aquas Termales. The facility has several pools in different level. And the lowest level hot pool has a view overlooking the colca river, although the view wasn’t immediately available, i had to bend over to look down. Having experienced blue lagoon in Iceland, I would say that the facility was an okay. If you like to warm yourself for a while, it may help. But don’t expect a fancy hot spring facilities.
After the trip to Lake Titicaca, i felt the trip to Chivay a bit winding down from there. I would say that Lake Titicaca was the climax of the trip in Peru.