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  • From Arequipa: Colca Canyon Full-Day Tour

    1. From Arequipa: Colca Canyon Full-Day Tour

    You'll be picked up around 3:00-3:30 AM from your hotel. After a 4-hour drive, stop in Chivay to have breakfast. Walk an easy trek for about 1 hour to arrive at the Condor’s Cross. Appreciate impressive views of the Colca Canyon and watch the majestic Andean Condor flying overhead.  On your way back to Chivay, explore Pinchollo, Maca and Yanque, three small local villages which have colonial churches, tombs and Pre-Incan terraces. Your next stop will be at a hot spring, before having a buffet lunch at a local restaurant in Chivay at your own expense. On the way back to Arequipa,visit Patapampa, an incredible viewpoint where you can see the Ampato, Sabancaya and Hualca Hualca volcanos. This is also the highest point that you will reach, with an altitude of 4800 meters above sea level. At the end of the tour, you'll be dropped off next to Santa Catalina Monastery in Arequipa. If you cho...

    Great value. We were picked up at our Airbnb at 3:00 am. We lucked out and saw condors in our trip. Great tour guide. Would recommend for one day trip.

  • From Arequipa: Colca Canyon 2-Day Tour

    2. From Arequipa: Colca Canyon 2-Day Tour

    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 d...

    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.

  • Arequipa: Colca Canyon Day Tour to Puno

    3. Arequipa: Colca Canyon Day Tour to Puno

    Enjoy early morning pickup at your hotel or accommodation in Arequipa, from where you will travel to the incredible Colca Canyon. After arriving to this natural habitat of the giant Andean condor, you will begin your all-day tour of this incredible area. Stop for breakfast in the charming town of Chivay and travel through the Andes villages before reaching the Cruz del Cóndor viewpoint. Once there, walk to the viewpoint and see the views of the surrounding landscape. Cross the Patapampa Pass and admire the beautiful flora and fauna of the area, where you'll also see the peaks of the Misti, Chachani, Pichu Pichu, and Ampato volcanoes. Following the tour you will have the option to go to the La Calera Hot Spring. At the conclusion of your tour the bus will return you back to to the city of Puno, where you will be dropped off to the main square at approximately 7:30PM.

    My girlfriend and I had a great tour. Saw active volcanoes and big condor birds in the colcoa canyon. The driver and guide were excellent and very knowledgeable. They even had some alcohol on hand to help with altitude sickness. Would recommend for other travelers

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

    4. 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 arriv...

  • From Arequipa: Colca Canyon 2-Days Tour with Accommodation

    5. 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...

    This was a great tour. The hotel was great, the hot springs were fun, and the Canyon and surrounding area was amazing. Having a guide was essential to the tour. She knew an incredible amount of history, geology, anthropology, and was well versed in flora and fauna. It was great to hear about what we were seeing, and how it all fit together.

  • From Puno to Arequipa: 2 Days/1 Night Colca Canyon Tour

    6. From Puno to Arequipa: 2 Days/1 Night Colca Canyon Tour

    Go on a two-day, one-night adventure from Puno to Arequipa with lodging in Chivay. Visit Lagunillas Lagoon, Patahuasi, Pampa Cañahuas, and La Calera Hot Springs, and take a guided tour around Colca Canyon. Enjoy scenic views and local wildlife encounters. Day 1: Puno, Chivay, and La Calera Hot Springs Get picked up from your hotel in Puno, then head toward Chivay. Visit Lagunillas lagoon, Patahuasi, and Pampa Cañahuas along the way. Get a chance to observe Andean animals, including herds of “vicuñas,” a type of Andean camelid. Upon arrival in Chivay, get a transfer to your hotel. Optionally, have lunch at the hotel or at one of the restaurants at the main square. Later, get picked from your hotel to visit La Calera Hot Springs (optional). At night, enjoy a dinner accompanied by a folkloric show. Day 2: Cruz del Condor, Colca Canyon, and Arequipa In the morning, get picked up from ...

  • From Arequipa: Colca Canyon Full-Day Guided Tour

    7. From Arequipa: Colca Canyon Full-Day Guided Tour

    Enjoy early morning pick-up from your hotel or accommodation in Arequipa and travel to the incredible Colca Canyon. Arrive at the natural habitat of the giant Andean condor and look forward to a full-day tour of the breathtaking site. Stop for breakfast in the pleasant town of Chivay and travel through the towns of the Andes, before reaching the Mirador Cruz del Cóndor viewpoint. Take a short hike up to the viewpoint and experience picturesque views of the surrounding natural landscape. Cross the pass of Patapampa and admire the stunning flora and fauna of the Andes. View the peaks of the Misti, Chachani, Pichu Pichu, and Ampato volcanoes. Return to Arequipa at approximately 5:00 PM and be dropped off in the main square. 

    Alles war richtig gemacht, das pick-up, das fahren, das Essen. Colca Canon ist eine sehr spektakulaere Natur und ich kann das nur empfehlen. Ein Sternchen weniger wegen der Uebersetzerin. Sprachlich war Sie nicht ganz vorbereitet.

  • From Arequipa: Colca Canyon & La Calera Thermal Waters

    8. 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 cit...

  • Full-Day Colca Canyon Tour from Arequipa

    9. Full-Day Colca Canyon Tour from Arequipa

    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 res...

    Liz was an excellent guide. Very knowledgeable and helpful. And thanks to our driver Edwin for getting us to and from safely.

  • Colca Canyon and Puno: One-Way Bus Transport

    10. 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.

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What people are saying about Colca Canyon

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 109 reviews

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.

Very well-organized and the guide was informative and knowledgeable. She showed us some nice "off the beaten path" sites that we would have probably never discovered on our own.

Great value. We were picked up at our Airbnb at 3:00 am. We lucked out and saw condors in our trip. Great tour guide. Would recommend for one day trip.

An experience that was worth having. I believe there is an obligation to see certain wonders of nature. Natural wonders predispose the soul to beauty.

Liz was an excellent guide. Very knowledgeable and helpful. And thanks to our driver Edwin for getting us to and from safely.