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From Arequipa: 2-Day Trekking Tour to Colca Canyon

1. 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.

Arequipa: Chili River Rafting

2. Arequipa: Chili River Rafting

Embark on a thrilling rafting experience and conquer class II, III and IV rapids on the Chili River. This tour is perfect for beginner rafters who are seeking an adrenaline rush! The best times of year for this rafting trip are the months of April to December.  A short 20-minute drive from the Arequipa city centre, you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the 'Gruta de la Virgen de Chapi' starting point. Here, you will receive a detailed safety briefing and all of your equipment. Listen carefully to your guide as he explains the rules of the river and how to use the equipment in the safest way possible. Then, your adventure begins with a 6-km descent in a 6-person raft plus your professional rafting guide. You will be on the water for about 1 hour and 45 minutes braving the rapids and enjoying the beautiful pristine scenery. Travel among beautiful natural landscapes in this spectacular canyon formed by the volcanic rock with views of pre-Inca terraces and stunning views of the nearby volcanoes. Your river journey will come to an end in the Chilina district from where you will be taken back to Arequipa. You will be dropped off at your hotel upon arrival.

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. Take the longest road in Yura, bordering the snowy Chachani mountain, towards Pampa Cañahuas Natural Reserve. Venture into the marshes of Tocra mountain, where you will see a variety of migratory birds, including flamingos. Pass by the crater of Chucura, a dormant volcano.  Stop at 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. Explore the villages of Pinchollo, Maca and Yanque on your way back. Enter into their beautiful churches and view the picturesque landscapes of the terraces in the valley.  Enjoy a thermal bath in La Calera Thermal Waters, where you will stay for an hour. Return to the town of Chivay and indulge yourself with a traditional lunch, before you depart for the city of Arequipa. 

From Arequipa: Colca Canyon 2-Days Tour with Accommodation

4. From Arequipa: Colca Canyon 2-Days Tour with Accommodation

Explore one of the deepest canyons in the world on a 2-day tour to the Colca Canyon. Marvel at the snow-capped mountains and remote villages and people who still survive by farming in the Andes. Look for native wildlife, such as flamingos and Andean eagles. Soothe all your aches and pains away at a hot spring, or just gaze at the stars from your private terrace! Day 1: Arequipa – Chivay-Yanque Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Arequipa at approximately 7:30-08:00 AM and head northwest towards the snow-capped mountain of Chachani. See wild vicuñas, alpacas and llamas in the Pampa Cañahuas National Reserve, and look for native birdlife such as flamingoes, ibises, Andean geese, ducks and Andean eagles (Kara Kara). Stop at the viewing point for spectacular views of the volcanoes and snow-covered mountains in Patapampa. Then, descend to the town of Yanque for a delicious lunch at the Casa de la Luna lodge. Check into your junior suite and luxuriate in the spacious and comfortable rooms with a private terrace surrounded by beautiful scenery. Enjoy amenities such as cotton sheets, anti-allergic pillows, central heating, a large bathroom with tub, hot water, soft cotton towels, and much more to make your stay an unforgettable experience. In the afternoon you can relax on your private terrace, enjoy the lodge facilities, or take a 3-hour guided trek if you are feeling energetic. Go to the amphitheater of Oqolle to see the pre-Inca farming terraces, and cross the Sifon Bridge to appreciate the majesty of the Colca Canyon. Climb to the ruins of Uyu Uyu for a panoramic view of the canyon and town of Yanque. Visit the hot springs and relax in the thermal waters before returning to the lodge, where you will enjoy dinner before retiring for the night. Day 2: Yanque – Cruz del Condor – Arequipa Wake for an early breakfast to give you fuel for a full-day excursion on the left banks of the Colca Canyon. Visit some beautiful and typical towns to see colonial churches and interact with the gentle locals in typical needlework dresses. Marvel at the hundreds of pre-Inca farming terraces that are still used to grow the produce of the Andes, such as corn, quinoa, and kiwicha, a type of seed that has been farmed for over 4,000 years. Take a 2-hour drive through stunning landscapes to see the Cruz del Condor (Condor’s Cross) and discover the deepest part of the canyon and the flight route of the condor. You will return to Arequipa after lunch where you will be dropped-off at your hotel.

Andes: Colca Canyon Day-Trip

5. Andes: Colca Canyon Day-Trip

You will start your day off early with a pickup from your hotel between 2:30-3:00AM. You will then take a 3-hour journey by car towards Colca Canyon, eventually reaching the town of Chivay where you will have breakfast at 6:00AM. You will then drive through the scenic landscape, passing agricultural fields, Antahuilque, the Choquetico Tombs, and the tiny village of Yanque on your way to the Cruz del Condor viewpoint. You will also be able to watch quietly and patiently for the opportunity to see the giant Andean Condor flying silently overhead from this impressive overlook point. Afterwards, you will return to Chivay by way of Maca Village, where you can watch farmers plowing their fields, before stopping at a beautiful 18th-century colonial church. Upon arrival to Chivay, you will stop at the La Calera Hot Springs where you can relax and soak in the therapeutic pools if you wish. You will then have lunch on your own in Chivay, with free time to visit the local marketplace and main square. At 2:00PM, you will make your way back to Arequipa visiting the viewpoint of Patapampa (at 4,800 meters), to view the Ampato Volcano, where the mummy Juanita was discovered. Afterwards, you will continue to Toqrapampa, where you can see small lagoons filled with Andean birds. Your last stop will be Pampa Cañahuas National Park, where you will be able to see llamas, alpacas and vicuñas before arriving to Arequipa at approximately 5:00PM. You will later be dropped off in the Arequipa City Center, after a fun and busy day!

Colca Canyon: 2-Day Tour from Arequipa to Puno

6. Colca Canyon: 2-Day Tour from Arequipa to Puno

Enjoy a Peruvian adventure seeing wildlife and natural wonders on this two-day tour from Arequipa to Puno.  Day 1: Arequipa to Chivay (Colca Canyon) In the morning, you will be met you at your hotel and taken on a stunning 4-hour journey to Chivay. Make sure to have your camera ready as you will stop at some incredible viewpoints including the Pampa Cañahuas Reserve. The reserve is home to many exotic Andean animals including vicuñas, alpacas, llamas, flamingos, ibis and the Andean eagle. You will see astounding landscapes as you drive past lakes, glaciers and some magnificent volcanoes, such as Ampato, Sabancaya, Huallca and Misti. You will reach the journey’s highest point of 4,800 meters (15,000 feet). In the afternoon, you will have a number of options to spend time at leisure. Stay at Chivay overnight. Day 2: Colca Canyon Tour and Tourist Coach to Puno You will be picked up from your hotel very early in the morning and taken to the most scenic places in the Colca Canyon. Your picturesque journey leads to the Mirador Cruz del Condor, the most famous viewing point to look into the depths of the Colca Canyon. Here, the canyon is around 1,200 meters deep, and you will have good chance to see a few condors flying, with the amazing canyon scenery in the background. From Chivay, the journey continues in a comfortable tourist coach to Lake Titicaca, the birthplace of the first Inca, Manco Capac. Along the way, you will be able to appreciate the scenic beauty of the Andes as you pass by lakes, lagoons, trout farms and Andean flamingos. When you reach the altitude of 4,850 meters (12,000 feet), you will have an unbelievable view of the highlands, before heading into Puno.

Colca Canyon and Puno: One-Way Bus Transport

7. Colca Canyon and Puno: One-Way Bus Transport

Enjoy one-way transfer from either Chivay or Puno. From Chivay, meet at La Pascana Hotel Esquina del Arco Puente Inca con Siglo XX Nº 106 – Plaza principal de Chivay at 12:45 PM and depart at 1:00 PM. Arrive at the Puno bus terminal at approximately 7:30 PM. For transfers from Puno, you will be picked up at your hotel at 6:00 AM in Puno Downtown and depart at 6:30 AM. You will arrive in Chivay at approximately 12:30 PM and will be dropped off at La Pascana Hotel Esquina del Arco Puente Inca con Siglo XX Nº 106 – Plaza principal de Chivay. Both rides will last approximately six hours.  Along the way, enjoy scenic views of the Andes. You will make some stops along the way to enjoy the views over Patapampa, Pampa Cañahuas, where you will be able to see the beautiful Vicuñas in their natural habitats, as well as the Andean lagoons of Lagunillas.

From Arequipa: 3-Day Colca Canyon Trek

8. From Arequipa: 3-Day Colca Canyon Trek

Begin your adventure with pick-up from your hotel at 3:00 AM arriving in the picturesque village of Cabanaconde at approximately 12:00 AM for lunch. Descend into the terraced landscapes of one of the world’s deepest canyons on a four hour trek that will end at the remote village of Llahuar. Enjoy the grandeur of the landscape, a dip in a natural hot spring or fish for wild trout. As evening falls, a well-earned dinner will be served. You may be able to taste a freshly caught trout supper before retiring to your rustic bungalow. Day 1: You will hike on a descent path from 3200 meters to 1200 meters in 4 hours approximately. After breakfast start towards Sangalle. Reach a point that allows a pristine panoramic view of last night’s rest point, Llahuar, and your destination, Sangalle. Notice Apachetas, age old towers of stones constructed by Andean wanderers, as a way of marking their trail. Lunch will be taken at Sangalle, where you'll be free to spend time lounging around the tropical oasis pool or exploring the banks of Colca River. Finally ascend to Cabanaconde, where you will overnight at the fantastic Kuntur Wassi Hotel.   Day 2: You will walk on a straight path for 3 hours and then go up from 1200 meters to 3200 in 3 hours. This day will be walked approximately 6 hours. Breakfast at the hotel before private transportation to Condor Cross. Arrive at one of the only vantage points in South America where you can see the magnificent flying Condor in its natural habitat. Perhaps you'll be able to feel the wingbeat of the condor rippling the air. In Yanque, you'll stop at a local family's house to eat and enjoy some Colca hospitality. Stop off at Chivay, if you wish, to peruse the town and again relax in some hot springs before arriving back at Arequipa at approximately 6:00 PM. Day 3: This day is a very easy day, where you will only walk 1 hour in total.

Arequipa & Colca Canyon Multi-Day Tour

9. Arequipa & Colca Canyon Multi-Day Tour

Day 1: Arequipa Airport pick-up and transfer to hotel in Arequipa. After checking into the hotel, you will have free time to rest. in the afternoon, start the Arequipa city tour and visit the Monastery of Santa Catalina. Next visit Plaza de Armas, the typical districts of Carmen Alto, and Yanahuara. Finish the tour in the early evening and rest up overnight in the city. Day 2: Arequipa – Colca Canyon At 8:00 AM, be collected from your hotel to travel to the snowy mountain Chachani in VIP transport. See wild vicunas, alpacas, and llamas in the National Reserve of Pampa Cañahu, plus birds such as flamingos, ibis, Andean geese, ducks, eagles, and a rare Andean bird called kara kara. Visit the viewpoint of volcanoes and snowy mountains in Patapampa. Arrive in Chivay, the capital of the Colca Valley, where you'll have the afternoon to relax.   Day 3: Colca Canyon- Arequipa After early morning breakfast, depart on a full-day excursion on the southern side of the canyon, and visit beautiful towns like Yanque and Maca, with colonial and traditional architecture. See hundreds of pre-Inca terraces still used for farm and Andean corn, quinoa, amaranth, and other produce. After a walk of two hours, reach La Cruz del Condor. Marvel at the depth of the Colca Canyon and spot several condors flying overhead. Return to Arequipa in the early evening for the final overnight stay. Day 4: Depart Arequipa   After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

From Arequipa: Colca Canyon Two-Day Tour

10. From Arequipa: Colca Canyon Two-Day Tour

On the first day, you will be transferred out of the city via Yura to enter the Pampa Cañahuas Reserve, which is an extensive plain where you can see vicuñas, the beautiful Andean camelid and national symbol. Then you will continue to Vizcachani, up to the crater of the Chucura volcano and on to Los Andes Viewpoint at Patapampa, which is 4800 meters above sea level. From there, you will have a perfect view of the imposing volcanoes that surround Arequipa. Your morning will end with lunch at the village of Chivay. Then you have free time to visit the city or relax at your hotel. The next day will start with a delicious breakfast at the hotel to prepare you for what that day has to bring. You will visit the Condor Cross to see the Colca Valley, one of the deepest canyons in the world, at more than 4 kilometers in the deepest area. At this natural viewpoint, you will be able to see the amazing condor flight only a few meters away from you. On the way back to Chivay, pass through the villages of Pinchollo, Maca, Achoma, and Yanque and the viewpoints at Antahuilque and Choquetico. Finally, you will stop to enjoy a very good meal before returning to Arequipa.

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Excellent experience. Breathtaking landscapes all along, a super professional and very nice guide, I highly recommend this agency :) The brief stop before the start of the trek to see condors is incredible. Be careful, the announcement does not necessarily specify that the trek is very difficult (there are 2 or 3 days, knowing that in 2 days you do the same route as in 3, i.e. 7 hours of walking on the first day!). It is therefore doable but you must be in very good physical condition and be careful of the sun which is very strong. Only downside: the prices of the services not included are not up to date (entrance to the park, meals): ask the guide so as not to have any unpleasant surprises when going to the checkout (consequently, you have to plan for cash, especially since at the oasis there are +6% fees if payment by credit card)

Very physical activity! The first day is exhausting, you have to descend for 3 hours in full sun on a path that is not necessarily obvious. Then lunch and again two hours of walking. The next day climb of 3 hours. If you are too tired you can take a mule. Very beautiful canyon, beautiful experience but exhausting!

It was quite an extensive itinerary and the hiking was challenging . Recommend more specific recommendations on clothes and gear to bring . Did 10.7 miles hiking the first day to get down to The Valley bottom at Sangalle . I rode a donkey up the next day . My son hiked out an hour earlier at 4:40 am in the dark .

great experience, well organised with highly capable guides. couple of points FYI: 1) the water is freezing , so bring warm clothes for afterwards. 2) there is a chance to purchase photos of your river rafting experience, this was 10 soles per head for us, so make sure to take some spare cash

Geweldige ervaring en zeer de moeite waard. Prachtige omgeving, ervaren tourgids, goede faciliteiten met de condors als ultiem hoogtepunt