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From Arequipa: Colca Canyon 2-Day Tour

4.6 / 5

37 reviews

From Arequipa: Colca Canyon 2-Day Tour

Activity provider: Peru Selected Trips
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From US$ 53 per person

Enjoy a 2-day trip to Colca Canyon and see the world's largest flying bird at the Cross of the Condor. See llamas, alpacas and vicuñas en route.

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Duration 2 days
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
Your accommodation.

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore one of the deepest canyons in the world
  • See alpacas and llamas in their natural habitat
  • Marvel at the spectacular flight of the condor
Full description
Enjoy pick-up in Arequipa on this 2-day Colca Canyon Tour, then passing through the vast Salinas and Aguada Blanca Nature Reserve. See llamas, alpacas and vicuñas in their natural habitat. Stop at Patapampa, at 4,900 meters above sea level. Get breathtaking views of the Misti, Chachani, Pichu Pichu and Ampato volcanoes from the highest point of the Patapampa natural viewpoint. Continue to Chivay town for lunch (if option selected). After lunch, check in at your hotel, with some free time to adapt to the altitude. Early the next day, head to the Cross of the Condor. See the pretty towns of Coporaque and Maca and get in touch with nature on a short hike,  before your arrival at Cruz del Condor. At this natural viewpoint you’ll be able to see the amazing bird in flight. Your guide will tell you about the behavior of the condor. Return to Chivay for lunch (if option selected) before the drive to Arequipa, returning approximately 5:00 PM.
Includes
  • Roundtrip transfers from Arequipa
  • Professional tour guide (English/Spanish)
  • Lunch on the 1st and 2nd day (if option selected)
  • Entrance fee to the Colca Canyon (if option selected)
  • Accommodation in Chivay on the 1st night
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Important information

What to bring

  • Warm clothing

Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • Please provide your arrival date and the name and address of your accommodation in Chivay and Arequipa in order to organize your transportation
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Bring a current valid passport or ID on the day of travel
  • Wear comfortable warm clothes, a waterproof jacket, comfortable shoes, and a sun hat
  • Bring snacks, water, sunscreen, and insect repellent
  • Please bring some local currency with you as there could be some places on site that might don't accept credit cards
  • In Chivay town the drop off and pick up is included only for hotels located in the town itself
  • The following hotels or locations require extra cost or prior coordination: Colca Lodge, Casitas del Colca, hotels located in Yanque town or Coporaque town, and others not listed, contact after booking for details
  • Send personal information for each traveller so you can be provided with travel insurance
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 37 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Transportation
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Safety
    4.5/5

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Great, simple two day tour. As expressed in some of the other reviews, there was a comfortable van, friendly and knowledgeable guide, with many stops for views, snacks, bathrooms. Afternoon of the first day once we arrived in Chivay there was time to visit some thermal baths. This can't be predicted, but we also got lucky and only had two couples in the group, which made the whole experience that much more relaxed and enjoyable. This tour is also very reasonably priced considering the transport and guides. We opted for the tour only, and the additional expenses of meals and entrance fees are nominal.

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July 11, 2021

This was a great tour. The guide was great, the van was comfortable, the driver was very good. They stopped many times along the way to give us time to see many sights and lots of local wild life, taking the time to explain everything along the way in both English and Spanish. We saw llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and condors up close. There was plenty of time to hike around and spend time exploring several places along the way. The lunch and dinner options were not great, but OK. The food for the lunches was buffet and expect buffet quality (meaning not good) and the dinner was OK with the show reasonably entertaining. Overall we were extremely happy with the trip and had a great time. We are seniors and had no issues with any of the trip, there were a couple of places at high altitude where we needed to stop and get our breath a bit, but I would say most people would not have any significant issues and you can choose to be more passive and easily avoid pushing yourself too hard.

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March 8, 2020

The tour leaves Arequipa early, arriving in Chivay late in the morning for lunch. Afterwards, you can choose to stay in town (free afternoon) or pay 15 soles to visit the thermal waters. The next day, the tour leaves early to arrive early at Cruz del Condor, where you can see the Condor in flight (which for me was nothing spectacular, especially compared to the views you get along the way). Our guide was extremely friendly and enthusiastic, but she couldn't stop talking. Despite giving a lot of interesting information, she also repeated herself countless times and wouldn't let anyone in the van sleep. I took the tour to get to know the Colca valley, which is beautiful and really worth a visit. Chivay has few restaurant options, so I recommend staying in a hotel that has a restaurant (the one at Casa Andina was amazing - I had the best pollo saltado of the whole trip there). Colca Lodge offers a variety of activities and has its own hot springs, but is far from the city.

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March 1, 2020

Product ID: 84825