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From Arequipa: Colca Canyon & La Calera Thermal Waters

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

Embark on a guided day trip from Arequipa to Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world. Immerse yourself in the healing thermal waters of Colca, explore the charming villages of Maca and Yanque, and savor traditional food in Chivay. Kickstart your adventure by traversing the longest road in Yura, alongside the majestic Chachani mountain, heading towards the Pampa Cañahuas Natural Reserve. Pause at the Mirador de Los Volcanes, a scenic viewpoint offering breathtaking views of the western mountains. Upon reaching the village of Chivay, continue to another viewpoint where you can marvel at the mesmerizing flight of the condors. As you make your way back, take the opportunity to discover the enchanting villages of Maca and Yanque. Step inside their beautiful churches and admire the picturesque landscapes adorned with terraces in the valley. Before concluding your journey, indulge in a revitalizing 30-minute thermal bath at Thermal Waters. Once you feel rejuvenated, return to the town of Chivay and relish a delectable traditional lunch before heading back to Arequipa.

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

2. From Arequipa: 2-Day Colca Canyon Tour w/ Transfer to Puno

First day: Departure from the hotel will be between 07:30 a.m. to 08:00 a.m. after pick up we venture to the countryside where you will visit the places mentioned above, arriving in Chivay at 13hrs, we leave you at your hotel so you can settle in then have lunch (not included). The next stop will be the thermal springs of the Calera, at 15:00 we will enjoy the thermal baths, whose thermal medicinal waters range from 35º to 38º Celsius degrees of temperature in the pools. Overnight in Chivay. Second day: Breakfast and departure from the hotel at 06:30 am. to go to the viewpoint of the Cruz del Condor strategic point to observe the great Colca Canyon and if you have a little luck you will see the Condors flying above you. On the way back to Chivay you will make guided stops to appreciate beautiful landscapes and have lunch. Finally you have the option to take the transport to Arequipa or Puno arriving at 19:00 pm.

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

3. 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 your hotel to travel to Colca Canyon. Arrive at Mirador Cruz del Condor, one of the best lookouts to see the impressive depth of Colca Canyon and the spectacular flight of the condor. Walk around with your guide and group. Later, return to Chivay and get free time for lunch. Then, depart to Arequipa and get dropped off at the main square or at a hotel around it.

Colca Canyon: 2-Day Tour from Arequipa to Puno

4. 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.

Arequipa: 2-Day Colca Canyon Tour

5. 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 embroidered clothing. Encounter hundreds of pre-Inca terraces still used for the farming of Andean corn, quinoa, amaranth, and more. Following a further two hours of driving you'll reach La Cruz del Condor. There you can see the depth of the canyon as well as the flight of the magnificent condor. Enjoy some free time to watch the condors and explore the lookout, before you eventually return to Arequipa for an approximate 5:00PM arrival.

From Arequipa: Colca Valley/Canyon 2-Day Tour & Horse Riding

6. From Arequipa: Colca Valley/Canyon 2-Day Tour & Horse Riding

During this 2 days/1 night trip in the Colca, you will discover one of the deepest canyon in the world, watch the andean condor's flight, ride an authentic Paso horse and sleep in a very confortable hotel in a nice and typical village. First Day: You will picked up between 7:40 and 8:10 AM at your hotel downtown in Arequipa by mini-bus. The guide who speaks English and Spanish will lead the group. You’ll take the route to the Colca Valley and Canyon, and crossing the “Salinas and Aguada Blanca” Natural Reserve, you’ll be able to watch Vicunas, Alpacas and Llamas - typical animals living in this deserted pampa composed by huge volcanoes like the Misti, the Chachani and the Ampato. The bus will stop several times on the way to enjoy the splendid landscapes. One of the most impressive viewpoints is the Volcanoes Mirador located at the highest pass at 4910 meters above sea level (16108 ft.) (we advise you to stay hydrated and to drink coca leafs tea to ease your acclimatization). Afterwards, you will go down to reach Chivay (3600 meters above sea level - 11811 ft.) and there you'll continue to our comfortable hotel in Yanque. Lunch not included. At 2:30 PM, your equestrian guide and the Peruvian Paso horses will pick you up at the hotel. Then you’ll start the 3-hour ride (private or very small size group). At the main square of Yanque, you will see the splendid church built by the Spanish in the XVIIth century. Then you’ll cross the Colca River on the Cervantes bridge, from where you will be able to observe the famous “Colca”, small cereals storage holes carved in the cliff. You will continue to ride until the pre-Inca cemetery. These tombs dominating the valley present skulls and bones from the Collagua culture. You’ll pursue to the Coporaque's Village, whose fountain is in honor of the Inca, reference of the conquest by this civilization over the Colca Valley. Going back to Yanque, you’ll pass in front of the famous « amphitheater », succession of pre-Inca terraces in circular format. To finish, you’ll cross the impressive Sifon bridge before arriving at your hotel. Overnight in Yanque (dinner not included). Second day: THE CRUZ OF CONDOR: Breakfast at the hotel (included), then the bus will pick you up at the hotel around 6:45 AM in order to arrive early to the “Condor's Cross”, amazing viewpoint above the Colca Canyon (second deepest in the world) from where you can see the magical flight of the Condor, so symbolic in the Andean culture. PRE-INCA TERRACES: On the way back, you’ll stop in the small village of Maca and in different vantage points where you can enjoy landscapes composed by typical pre-Inca Terraces. Return to Chivay (lunch not included). Arrival time in Arequipa around 5:00 PM.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 43 reviews

The guide and driver were very good with their job. However I feel there needs to be a warning for children especially because of the potential for altitude sickness on the drive. My son is 12 and he moved through it pretty good (vomiting 5 times) but the seven-year-old of the other family did not do so well. I feel there needs to be some information about how to prepare for altitude sickness. Otherwise the day and the adventure was amazing! And I really appreciated our guide and driver.

Fantastic experience. Our guide was a mine of information. When we were thinking we were to be unlucky and not see a condor he managed to pick a spot which resulted in us seeing 4. One obviously enjoyed the attention and performed, swooping and gliding over our group. Our guide was always on time for pick ups and helped when people were not coping with the altitude- highly recommend.

Even though it was a long day it was well worth it. I would only suggest shorten the stops for lunch and hot springs. We got back to Arequipa in the height of traffic and we sat in traffic too long after an already long bus ride.

Great tour masterfully guided by Carlos. Without a doubt the best guide we have had during our trip through Peru.

We had a great guide who was extremely informative. Great trip