Full-Day Colca Canyon Tour from Arequipa

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Full-Day Colca Canyon Tour from Arequipa

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See condors flying in their natural habitat on a full-day tour of the Colca Canyon from Arequipa. Get breathtaking views of mountains and volcanoes, look for wildlife in the Pampa Cañahuas national reserve and more.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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COVID-19 precautions
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Small group
Limited to 15 participants
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 14 hours
Starting time 3:00 AM
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English

Experience

Highlights
  • See the flight of the condor in the Colca Canyon
  • Get back to nature in the national reserve of Pampa Cañahuas
  • Meet friendly locals in the typical villages of the Andes Mountains
Full description
Pick-up from your accommodation in Arequipa around 3:00 AM to start your journey to one of the deepest canyons in the world, taking the Yura road, bordering the Chachani mountain towards Pampa Cañahuas (Aguada Blanca and Salinas National Reserve)  habitat of the beautiful South American camelids, the vicuñas. At approximately 6:00 AM, arrive at the town of Chivay; where you will enjoy your breakfast and then continue your drive for about 1 hour to arrive at Mirador de la Cruz del Cóndor, strategic point of observation of the Canyon and the spectacular flight of the Condor. On return, stop in the villages of Pinchollo, Maca and Yanque that have beautiful colonial churches. From the viewpoints of Choquetico and Antahuilque, observe the impressive andenería of the valley, the pre-Inca tombs and a pre-Inca model of the area carved in stone. Return to the town of Chivay for lunch and to rest walking through the little streets. Have the opportunity to enjoy the thermal baths in La Calera (optional) whose thermos medicinal waters oscillate between 35 to 38 degrees (celsius) of temperature in which you will stay approximately 1 hour, return to the town of Chivay. At 2:00 PM start your drive back to Arequipa, along the way, visit the highest point between the Colca Canyon and Arequipa: Patapampa (4800 meters), from this place see the volcanic mountain range. You will be back at your accommodation in Arequipa around 5:00 PM.
Includes
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Transportation
  • Professional guide
  • Breakfast in Chivay
  • Lunch in Chivay
  • Entrance fee to Colca Canyon
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Accommodation in Arequipa
  • Entrance to the hot springs
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
COVID-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
  • Customers must fill out a travel information form
  • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  •  It is recommended that you wear comfortable walking shoes, hiking trousers and a long-sleeve shirt
  • Bring snacks, a poncho in case of rain, gloves, a sweater, a hat or cap, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, your camera and a water bottle
  • Bring your valid ID
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 36 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.4 / 5
  • Transportation
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.9 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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Breathe deeply and look out the window. Read Wikipedia beforehand.

Avoid altitude and motion sickness by doing the above so you can enjoy the unique, spectacular views. I'm glad to have have had a GPS with an altimeter so I could track each level of height, and a plastic card and handkerchief to keep the ice from forming too thickly on the window. The tour guide was a good story teller, but sometimes she spoke too fast in her thick accent. The hot springs were unique, but if you spend too much time in them they sap your energy. I would do it again. Very enjoyable!

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August 6, 2019

A long day but worth it

A great day with a very early start. This is made a little easier because pick ups are done efficiently and then your on the road to the canyon. The blankets you’re given and the calm driving allow you to rug up and catch another few hours sleep. Our guide was helpful, knowledgeable and friendly and kept us informed about what was to happen and what we should expect. All up a interesting tour with lots of great photo opportunities and much information shared.

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March 23, 2019

Beautiful landscape

Unfortunately we were put in a tour of Spanish speaking locals. Since I am fluent in Spanish I translated all what was said to my husband, but this should not happen when you book via GetYourGuide a tour in English! Very disappointing. We had booked this tour two days in advance. The landscape is incredibly beautiful and with the help of our guide we were able to watch 7 condors! The guide took us to a place near to the touristic view points. It was a short and easy 1 hour walk. We had also lunch which was good and several stops at small villages - all very interesting and worth seeing. I would recommend to visit this beautiful landscape, it’s definitely a must-see once in a lifetime.

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January 8, 2019

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