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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.

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

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

Experience the mesmerizing wonders of the Colca Canyon during an exhilarating 2-day trek, where nature's splendor unfolds before your eyes. With depths surpassing even the Grand Canyon, this awe-inspiring destination will leave you in awe. Prepare to be captivated as you encounter a rich diversity of wildlife, including over 100 bird species, more than 300 varieties of plants, and an impressive array of 30 different cacti species. Day 1: Arequipa - Chivay - Condor’s Cross - Sangalle Rise early, around 3:00-3:30 AM, as your adventure commences with a hotel pick-up in Arequipa. Embark on a scenic 6-hour drive to Cabanaconde, your gateway to the Colca Canyon. En route, savor a delectable breakfast and make a stop at Condor’s Cross, where you'll witness a breathtaking panorama of the canyon and the magnificent Andean Condor. Prepare for an exhilarating downhill trek, spanning approximately 3 hours, from an altitude of 3,300 meters to 2,100 meters. Upon arrival, relish a well-deserved lunch and take some leisure time in the charming village of San Juan de Chuccho. Continue your journey, passing through the picturesque towns of Cosñirhua and Malata, as you delve deeper into the canyon. Finally, reach Sangalle, a verdant oasis nestled within the canyon's depths, situated 1,900 meters above sea level. Here, amid a tropical microclimate, you can rejuvenate in simple yet comfortable accommodations and indulge in a refreshing dip in the swimming pool. Enjoy a satisfying dinner before spending the night in Sangalle. Day 2: Sangalle - Cabanaconde - Chivay - Puno Begin your day early, around 5:00 AM, embarking on a challenging 3-hour uphill hike back to Cabanaconde. Illuminate your path with torch lights as you ascend, relishing the majestic sunrise unfolding before you. Upon reaching Cabanaconde, reward yourself with a well-deserved breakfast. Journey towards Chivay, marveling at the pre-Inca terraces, archaeological ruins, and quaint colonial towns that adorn your route. Arrive at the soothing hot springs around noon, where you can optionally take a dip in the rejuvenating waters, heated to a comforting 38°C. In Chivay, indulge in a buffet lunch at a local restaurant (not included). After lunch, resume your adventure towards Puno. Along the way, traverse a national reserve known as Pampa Cañahuas, renowned as the habitat of four South American camelid species: llama, alpaca, vicuña, and guanaco. In the late afternoon, arrive in Puno, where you'll be dropped off just one block away from the city's bustling main square. Your journey concludes around 6:45 PM, leaving you with cherished memories of your remarkable trek through the captivating Colca Canyon.

Lima: 9-Day Peru Express with Ica, Cusco, and Puno

3. Lima: 9-Day Peru Express with Ica, Cusco, and Puno

Day 1: Arrival in Lima, City Tour Your tour will begin as you are picked up from the airport, it is advisable to arrive in the morning. In the afternoon, you will take a city tour. That evening you will stay at the Miramar Hotel or similar in Lima. Day 2: Paracas, Ica, and Huacachina with Buggies and Sandboarding Visit the Ballestas Islands and Candelabrum, before a wine and Pisco demonstration in Ica city. Later that day, take part in riding buggies and sandboarding in Huacachina. That evening you will once again stay at the Miramar Hotel or similar in Lima. Day 3: Arrival to Cusco On your third day, you will arrive in Cusco, you will be transferred to the hotel then will have a free day for acclimatizing or visiting some places around the Cusco historical center. That evening you will lodge in the Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar. Day 4: Chinchero, Maras, and Moray in the Sacred Valley of the Incas Begin with a visit to the Chinchero textile center, before moving onward to the archaeological sites in Chinchero and Moray. Following that, you will tour the salt mines in Maras before taking the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, lodging at the Golden Sunrise Hotel or similar in Aguas Calientes. Day 5: Machu Picchu Inca Citadel On day 5 you will explore the breathtaking Machu Picchu, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the world. Following a full day at this sacred site. In the afternoon, take the train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo and arrive in Cusco by transportation, you will overnight at the Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar. Day 6: Humantay Lake On your sixth day, you will trek to Humantay Lake, which is close to the snowy Salkantay mountain, you will be able to know the first camp of the famous Salkantay trek. That evening you will once again lodge in the Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar. Day 7: Rainbow Mountain Trek to Rainbow Mountain, which is very close to the highest mountain of Cusco: the Ausangate Mountain, this is a famous place around Cusco. Following your day of hiking, you will return once more to the Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar overnight. Day 8: Route of the Sun On day 8 you will take a bus tour between Cusco and Puno. Throughout this journey, you will visit the Andahuaylillas Chapel, Raqchi Archaeological Complex, La Raya Pass, and the Lithic Museum of Pukara. That evening you will stay at the Qalasaya Hotel or similar. Day 9: Titicaca Lake and the Uros and Taquile Islands On the final day, you will take a speed boat tour of Lake Titicaca, before exploring the Uros and Taquile Islands. In the afternoon, you will transfer to the airport where your tour will conclude.

From Puno: Aramu Muru, Chucuito, and Inca Uyo Trip

4. From Puno: Aramu Muru, Chucuito, and Inca Uyo Trip

Embark on a captivating tour to Aramu Muru that offers intriguing stops along the way, immersing you in the rich history and stunning landscapes of the region. Our first stop takes us to the charming colonial town of Chucuito, where we'll explore its fascinating attractions. Nearby, discover the enigmatic Temple of Inca Uyo, adorned with over 20 intricately carved stone penises, believed to symbolize fertility and vitality. Continuing our journey, we'll venture towards the captivating Inca Tombs known as Molloco Chullpas. Uncover the secrets of these ancient burial sites, marveling at the architectural prowess of the Incas. Next, we'll make our way to the awe-inspiring Aramu Muru gate, nestled amidst breathtaking rocky formations. This mystical location offers a mesmerizing backdrop for exploration. Prepare for a short hike, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the natural wonders that surround you. The total duration of the tour is approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes, providing ample time to delve into the fascinating history and soak in the extraordinary beauty of Aramu Muru and its surroundings. From the moment we begin until the moment we conclude, you can expect an enriching and memorable experience.

From Puno: Uros Islands and Taquile by Fast Boat with Lunch

5. From Puno: Uros Islands and Taquile by Fast Boat with Lunch

Spend the day discovering the natural and cultural heritage of Lake Titicaca. One of the first ethnic groups in the Andean region, the Uro people built their homes and livelihoods on floating islands made from reeds. Tour the islands by boat before stopping off at Taquile to meet the locals and enjoy a traditional lunch on the lake.  The adventure starts with hotel pick up from central Puno at 7:00 AM. Drive to the shores of the lake before hopping in a boat for the 1.5-hour journey to Taquile. Ride in comfort on a fast boat with an experienced guide. Restrooms are available onboard and along the way you'll enjoy stunning views of the lake. Upon arrival at Taquile, enjoy a 1-hour walk around the island. Stop by a village to see a cultural demonstration by the locals and learn the art of Taquile textile making which was recognized by UNESCO for its intangible heritage. At 12:00 PM, a lunch of quinoa soup, fresh fish, and vegetables will be served. Enjoy the local flavors while learning about day-to-day life on the island.  After lunch, walk back to the main dock in Taquile for the return transfer. At 3:30 PM, the group arrives in Puno for hotel drop-off.

From Puno: Half-Day Sillustani Inca Ruins

6. From Puno: Half-Day Sillustani Inca Ruins

Embark on an enchanting journey as we whisk you away from your downtown hotel in the afternoon (around 13:40) to embark on an unforgettable adventure to the mystical ruins of Sillustani. Brace yourself for a mesmerizing 40-minute drive, during which you'll be treated to breathtaking landscapes and anticipation for the wonders that await. As you arrive at the captivating Sillustani complex, our knowledgeable guide will lead you on a captivating 30-minute stroll through a realm steeped in history and culture. Behold the awe-inspiring chullpas, towering up to an astonishing 12 meters, remnants of the Inca and Pre-Inca civilizations. These majestic funerary towers will transport you back in time, igniting your imagination as you ponder their purpose and significance. While immersed in this ancient wonderland, revel in the splendor of the surrounding Umayo Lagoon, enhancing the ethereal ambiance that envelops the chullpas. If desired, our journey can be enriched further with a visit to a local farmhouse, providing an authentic glimpse into the vibrant life of the Andean people. Witness their traditions, immerse yourself in their culture, and deepen your connection with the spirit of this remarkable land. As our adventure draws to a close, we'll return you to the vibrant city of Puno, your heart and mind forever transformed by the enchanting beauty and rich heritage you've experienced.

From Puno: Visit Amantani Island and uros Locals with Lunch

7. From Puno: Visit Amantani Island and uros Locals with Lunch

Be picked up from your hotel in Puno at around 7:00 AM in the morning. Relax as you make your way to the islands. Listen as your expert guide explains how the locals built these islands using blocks of dried reeds. Discover the history of the place and interact with the inhabitants to learn more about their life in the water. Cruise to the island of Amantani, located on Lake Titicaca. Experience what life on the lake is like up close and enjoy breathtaking views of the Andes. Take some wonderful photos before having lunch at a restaurant with a Peruvian menu like fresh trout from Lake Titicaca. Return to Puno in the afternoon.

From Puno: Amantani, Taquile & Uros Full-Day Tour

8. From Puno: Amantani, Taquile & Uros Full-Day Tour

Embark on an exciting full-day tour, starting with at 5.40am pickup from your hotel in central Puno. You'll begin the journey from Amantani to Taquile, enjoying a picturesque 3-hour drive. Once you reach the port of Amantani Island, take a pleasant one-hour walk to Cerro Pachamama, the highest point on the island. Marvel at the ancient Inca ruins and take in the stunning views of the surrounding scenery. Around 11:30 am, leave Amantani and head towards Taquile. A 40-minute uphill walk will lead you to a local restaurant where you can savor a delicious lunch. Immerse yourself in the customs and traditions of this charming island as you explore the main square and browse the lively craft market. Don't forget to admire the breathtaking landscapes from this elevated vantage point. Afterward, continue your adventure to the floating islands of Uros, where you'll have the opportunity to visit two of these fascinating islands. Finally, at 5:20 pm, you'll arrive back in Puno and be transferred from the port to your downtown hotel, bringing an end to a memorable day of exploration.

Uros, Amantani, Taquile Island and Sillustani

9. Uros, Amantani, Taquile Island and Sillustani

Day 1: Uros and Amantani Island Embark on an unforgettable journey as we pick you up from your downtown hotel and transport you to the port. Hop aboard a comfortable motorboat accompanied by your knowledgeable guide (English/Spanish). Our first stop is the mesmerizing Uros floating islands, a 30-minute boat ride away. Witness the unique lifestyle of the Uros people and learn about their fascinating culture. Next, we go towards Amantani Island, an approximately 2.5-hour journey. Upon arrival, we'll take a leisurely 30-minute uphill walk to reach the local houses on Amantani Island. Here, you'll savor a delicious lunch prepared by the islanders. Afterward, take some time to relax before we embark on a hike to the island's highest point. Marvel at the awe-inspiring Inca temples of Pachamama and Pachatata while enjoying one of the most breathtaking sunsets in the world. Return to the local house for a hearty dinner, and if you're up for it, you can join in the lively festivities and dance with the local families (optional). Day 2: Taquile and Sillustani Begin the day with a breakfast before descending to the Amantani port at 8:00 am. Board a boat that will transport us to the captivating Taquile Island. Enjoy a delightful lunch on the island while soaking in the scenic surroundings. Afterward, we'll return to the Amantani port by 1:00 pm. From there, we'll continue our adventure with a visit to the fascinating Sillustani archaeological site. Spend approximately an hour exploring the ancient ruins accompanied by your guide. After this enriching experience, we'll head back to Puno, where we expect to arrive around 5pm. Join us on this remarkable two-day journey as we traverse the beautiful landscapes of Puno, uncovering the wonders of Uros, Amantani, Taquile, and Sillustani.

Uros Kayaking & Taquile Island Day Tour

10. Uros Kayaking & Taquile Island Day Tour

You will be picked up from your hostel around 6:30 AM and transferred to the shores of Lake Titicaca where you will meet the tour guide who will give you a security briefing and basic paddling instructions. During the kayak ride you will be on the Titicaca National Reserve, where you can see the wildlife of the lake. After paddling for about one hour you will arrive at the Uros floating islands, where you will have approximately 1.5 hours to float around immersing yourself in this incredible floating reed village. There are more than 50 floating islands and you will have the chance to visit two of them. On the first floating island, your guide will explain to you about the people who live there. Then you will have some free time to walk around, visit the small huts made from reeds, take some pictures and buy a souvenir to support the people of these islands if you wish. After this visit you will continue on a boat ride to Taquile island. The people who live on this island are very famous for being “the best weavers of Peru”. There, you will go on a beautiful hike to enjoy the views of the lake. During this hike you will stop to visit the town square of Taquile and visit the handicraft shops to see the typical weaving. The square is also the highest point of the hike (3,950m or 12,960 feet). After enjoying some free time around the square, you will enjoy a typical lunch. Then you will finish the hike going to the second port of the island, where you will take the motorboat back to Puno where your tour will come to an end at roughly 3:30 PM.

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based on 73 reviews

We had a fantastic time on the trek. The guide Percy was extremely knowledgeable and happy to teach us about the area. He went above and beyond to make sure everyone was enjoying themselves, safe, and getting all they could from the experience. Lots of encouragement and tips about trekking. He even lent me his walking sticks at the end when I was struggling a little to ascend. The accommodations were basic but totally acceptable - clean and comfortable. Meals were excellent - especially lunch the last day. Passionfruit mousse - WOW! The hot springs were a glorious way to end. We even saw a volcano erupt (from a far). Icing on the cake for me were the alpaca and vicuña herds - just amazing. Overall a really excellent activity and I highly recommend.

The 2-day trek was an amazing experience! We really enjoyed trekking this beautiful canyon and our guide Percy was extremely experienced and passionate. In our opinion, it is not stressed enough that this hike is very challenging and better for experienced hikers, however we were aware of this as we compared different travel agencies and so it was not a problem for us. There is an option to go up with a donkey if you want. The food and accommodation were basic but good. Thanks for the incredible trip!

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 .

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 :))