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From Arequipa: 2-Day Colca Canyon Tour with Transfer to Puno

1. From Arequipa: 2-Day Colca Canyon Tour with Transfer to Puno

Get back to nature in the Andes mountains and look for condors, llamas and alpacas in their natural habitat. Marvel at the majestic landscape and remote towns along the way. Day 1: Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Arequipa, and then look for llamas, alpacas and vicuñas in the magnificent mountains of the Sacred Valley. Get breathtaking views of the Misti, Chachani, Pichu Pichu and Ampato volcanoes from the highest point of the Patapampa route, and then continue to Chivay (entrance town to Colca Canyon) and have lunch at a local restaurant. Then you will be dropped off in your hotel in Chivay Town. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Day 2: Depart Chivay in the early morning and make your way towards the stunning Cruz del Condor viewpoint. 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, where you will get an hour to watch the majestic birds in flight. All the excursion will be explained by the professional guide. On the way back, eat lunch in Chivay before continuing to Puno, arriving at 7:30 PM.

From Arequipa: 2-Day Trekking Tour to Colca Canyon

2. From Arequipa: 2-Day Trekking Tour to Colca Canyon

Embark on a 2-day trek to the Colca Canyon, twice as deep as the Grand Canyon and an incredible sight. Look out for more than 100 kinds of birds, over 300 types of plants and more than 30 types of cactus. Head to Condor’s Cross for the best viewpoint in South America for seeing the Andean Condor, a gracious bird that can have a wingspan of up to 3 meters and weigh up to 12 KG. Day 1: Arequipa - Chivay - Condor’s Cross - Sangalle After an early morning (around 3:00-3:30 AM) pick-up from your hotel, head to Cabanaconde in the Colca Canyon. This is approximately a 6-hour drive from Arequipa, and on the way you’ll stop for breakfast. Continue to Condor’s Cross for a panoramic view of the canyon and the famous Andean Condor. Arrive at the beginning of your trek and start a downhill hike for about 3-hour from 3,300 to 2,100 meters above sea level into the canyon. Upon arrival, have lunch and take some time to rest in San Juan de Chuccho. Continue your journey and pass by the towns of Cosñirhua and Malata. Hike further into the canyon until reaching Sangalle, the deepest part of the canyon and 1900 meters above sea level. Sangalle is a lush green oasis with a tropical microclimate and some simple accommodation. Here you can enjoy the swimming pool after a long day of hiking. Enjoy dinner and spend the night here Day 2: Sangalle - Cabanaconde - Chivay - Arequipa or Puno Leave early morning (around 5:00 AM), and start hiking uphill for about 3-hour back to Cabanaconde town using torch lights for illumination. Enjoy spectacular views of the sunrise and eat breakfast upon arrival at Cabanaconde.  Head towards Chivay, viewing pre-Inca terraces, archaeological ruins, and colonial towns on the way. Around noon, arrive at the hot springs. Optionally take a dip in the hot springs and relax in waters of 38°C. In Chivay, have a buffet lunch in a local restaurant (not included). After lunch, start your return to Arequipa. On the way, you will descend from 4830 to 2325 meters above sea level, passing by a national reserve and Pampa Cañahuas. This is is a habitat for the four species of South American camelids (llama, alpaca, vicuña, and guanaco). Arrive in Arequipa late afternoon and be dropped you off next to Santa Catalina Monastery. If you choose the option to be dropped off in Puno, you will leave from Chivay after having lunch. You’ll arrive around 6:45 PM in Puno. You will also make a stop in Pampa Cañahuas to have great views of the local landscapes.

From Arequipa: Colca Canyon & La Calera Thermal Waters

3. From Arequipa: Colca Canyon & La Calera Thermal Waters

Travel to one of the deepest canyons in the world on a guided day trip to Colca Canyon from Arequipa. Experience the healing thermal waters of La Calera, visit the villages of Maca and Yanque, and enjoy traditional food in Chivay. Start your adventure by taking the longest road in Yura, bordering the snowy Chachani mountain, towards Pampa Cañahuas Natural Reserve. Stop at the Mirador de Los Volcanes, a viewing point where you can observe the western mountains. Arrive at the village of Chivay and journey to another viewing point, where you can watch the flight of the condors. Later, explore the villages of Maca and Yanque on your way back. Enter into their beautiful churches and view the picturesque landscapes of the terraces in the valley (entry to paid attractions not included).  Before the end of the trip, enjoy a thermal bath during a 30-minute stay at La Calera Thermal Waters. Once your feel rejuvenated, return to the town of Chivay and indulge in a traditional lunch before departing for Arequipa. 

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4.3 / 5

based on 71 reviews

This was a great tour! Henry did a fantastic job - he shared tons of interesting information about everything we saw and also kept the various itineraries of the group in mind. One caveat I would provide is that this was the first tour we had done in the area, and I can imagine that some of the stops made might not interest people who have already had their fill of alpacas, the beautiful mountains, etc.

A very well organized and qualitative tour! Clear and interesting explanations by our guide Percy (thanks to him :) The trek was well organized, everyone could go at their own pace, we came across a super nice group! The meals were good, the accommodation was great and the landscapes beautiful :))

Very professional. All perfect. Exceptional our guide who explained many interesting things to us, both in English and in Spanish. Everything organized to perfection. In addition, they also accompanied us to do activities that were not planned such as dinner in Chivay. Highly recommended!

Really great ! In addition we had the pleasant surprise of having a guide who spoke French. He accompanied us really well and explained things, he even offered us a traditional restaurant in the evening, it was great! Thanks to José and the super driver Popeye!

Suitable for the family considering the altitude. Regular stops which allow us to make the journey shorter and with a very interesting and pleasant approach to the environment. Walk adapted in time and difficulty with children! Great guide! Thank you Patricia!