Chivay is a town in the Colca valley, capital of the Caylloma province in the Arequipa region, Peru. Located at about 3,600 m above sea level (12,000 ft), it lies upstream of the renowned Colca Canyon. It has a central town square and an active market. Ten km to the east, and 1,500 metres above the town of Chivay lies the Chivay obsidian source.

Chivay
Town
Church in Chivay
Church in Chivay
Flag of Chivay
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Chivay is located in Peru
Chivay
Chivay
Coordinates: 15°38′S 71°36′W / 15.633°S 71.600°W / -15.633; -71.600
Country Peru
RegionArequipa
ProvinceCaylloma
DistrictChivay
Government
 • MayorJorge Modesto Cueva Tejada
Elevation
3,635 m (11,926 ft)
Population
 • Total5,000
Time zoneUTC-5 (PET)

Thermal springs are located 3 km from town; a number of heated pools have been constructed. A stone "Inca" bridge crosses the Colca River ravine, just to the north of the town. The town is a popular staging point for tourists visiting Condor Cross or Cruz Del Condor, where condors can be seen catching thermal uplifts a few kilometres downstream.


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Coordinates: 15°38′S 71°36′W / 15.633°S 71.600°W / -15.633; -71.600

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