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Full-Day Colca Canyon Tour from Arequipa

1. 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 rest walking through the little streets. Have the opportunity to enjoy the thermal baths in La Calera (optional) whose thermos medicinal waters oscillate between 35 to 38 degrees (celsius) of temperature in which you will stay approximately 1 hour, return to the town of Chivay. At 2:00 PM start your drive back to Arequipa, along the way, visit the highest point between the Colca Canyon and Arequipa: Patapampa (4800 meters), from this place see the volcanic mountain range. You will be back at your accommodation in Arequipa around 5:00 PM.

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.

Colca Canyon: 2-Day Tour from Arequipa to Puno

3. 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

4. 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: 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 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.

Colca Canyon Trekking 2 days

6. Colca Canyon Trekking 2 days

Day 1 Arequipa - Chivay 2:45 - 3:15 a.m. Pick up from your hotels in the city of Arequipa. 3:00 a.m. Departure to the town of Chivay. 6:30 a.m. Arrival to the town of Chivay and breakfast. 7:00 a.m. Departure to the Cruz del Condor viewpoint. 9:00 a.m. Arrival to Cruz del Condor viewpoint to appreciate the majestic flight of the condors. 10:00 a.m. Departure to San Miguel viewpoint. 10:30 a.m. Begin trekking down to the canyon (3h 1/2 approx.). 2:00 p.m. Arrival to the first community: San Juan de Chuccho. Lunch. 3:00 p.m. Continuing with the hike in the direction of Cosñirhua, Malata, descent to Sangalle known as the "Oasis". 5:30 p.m. Arrival at the "Oasis", installation in their respective bungalows to rest and enjoy the swimming pool after the trekking. 6:30 p.m. Dinner and overnight in adobe bungalows. Day 2 Cabanaconde - Chivay - Arequipa. 5:00 a.m. Ascent to the canyon from the oasis to the village of Cabanaconde. 8:30 a.m. Arrival to the village of Cabanaconde and breakfast. 10:00 a.m. Departure to the village of Chivay, with stops along the way. 10:30 a.m. Return with stops in the villages of (Pincholo, Maca and Yanque). 12:00 p.m. Arrival in Chivay and drive to La Calera hot springs. 1:00 p.m. Buffet lunch in Chivay (not included). 2:30 p.m. Return to Arequipa city with stops at the most important places on the route. 6:30 p.m. Arrival in Arequipa and transfer to your hotels. End of the service.

Arequipa & Colca Canyon Multi-Day Tour

7. 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.

Puno: One-Way Shared Bus Transfer to Chivay

8. Puno: One-Way Shared Bus Transfer to Chivay

At 06:10 a.m. we will pick you up from your hotel located in the center of the city, then we start the trip making a few stops at: Lagunilla to observe birds and lagoons, (Mate de coca and use of Sshh, in rest. El Chino, Mirador de Volcanes Patapampa (4800 masl) and finally disembark at the corner of the Mayor de Armas Chivay. Book with us the bus service Puno - Chivay with one of the serious companies in the shared transportation service. This service is ideal for those who want to save time on their trip. It is the only way to get to the Colca Canyon - Chivay from Lake Titicaca. The bus is very comfortable and the service is very good. We have the option of tourist transportation service from Arequipa - Chavay or Chivay - Puno.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 9 reviews

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.

Victor was a wonderful guide. We saw numerous Condors flying overhead. Phillipe was an excellent driver. For those of us that wanted to go to the hot springs and entertainment at night, Victor and Phillipe lined us up and waited while we enjoyed each activity. Would definitely recommend this tour!

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

Excellent everything, the activity and the experience. Thank you very much

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