Colca Canyon
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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 & La Calera Thermal Waters

    2. 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...

  • Colca Canyon and Puno: One-Way Bus Transport

    3. 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.

  • Andes: Colca Canyon Day-Trip

    4. 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 w...

  • From Arequipa: 3-Day Colca Canyon Trek

    5. 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 trai...

  • From Arequipa: Colca Canyon Two-Day Tour

    6. 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 ama...

  • Arequipa: 2-Day Colca Canyon Tour

    7. Arequipa: 2-Day Colca Canyon Tour

    Day 1: Arequipa to Chivay Your tour begins are you are picked up at 8:00AM from your Arequipa hotel. From there, depart town in the destination of the snowy Chachani region. Spot wild vicunas, alpacas, and llamas along the way in the National Reserve of Pampa Cañahu, as well as birds such as flamingos, ibis, Andean geese, ducks, and eagles. Visit the viewpoint of volcanoes and snowy mountains in Patapampa, before arriving in Chivay, the capital of the Colca Valley. Once there, use your afternoon to relax before spending the evening in a 3-star hotel. Day 2: Colca Canyon to Arequipa Following an early morning breakfast at around 6:00AM, depart for a full-day excursion on the left side of the Colca Canyon. Visit beautiful towns like Yanque and Maca complete with colonial churches and friendly people who are happy to show you their traditional embroider...

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What people are saying about Colca Canyon

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 69 reviews

Beautiful day, despite the length of the journey and the alarm clock very early. I would like to say an important thing. We all noticed that the driver was the same from morning to afternoon. Considering that the pick up was at 2.30 and we finished around 17.00, the driver did not have the opportunity to sleep and rest even for half an hour. For such long tours you should expect two drivers to change. Not only for the safety of your customers, but above all to allow a decent rest for the driver

Long day but very interesting especially if you have a guide like ours !!! It was she who gave interest to this day. We of course saw the magnificent landscapes of the Colca canyon and its surroundings (volcanoes, villages, national park, condors ...): she told us everything in detail! However, you should know that we spend a lot of time on the bus during this day (there are only stop-minutes).

If you are short in time this trip covers everything you need to have an awesome experience during your time in Arequipa. You are going to see a volcano (coughing, if you are lucky), alpacas, condors (if you are lucky), the Colca Canyon and the beautiful countryside of Peru! Have a look at the trip description for more details!

An intense, long day in the Andes

Very worthwhile tour on which you learn a lot about the region. We saw condors and a coughing volcano. But it is really a long journey. The included breakfast is extremely economical. Better take something with you. We were able to try local specialties for free. The optional lunch was worth it.

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.