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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: Salinas Lagoon Full-Day Trip with Hot Springs

2. From Arequipa: Salinas Lagoon Full-Day Trip with Hot Springs

Discover the natural wonders of the Salinas Lagoon and the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reservation on this multi-stop day tour, including round-trip transportation from Arequipa. Surround yourself in nature and take a dip in the Lojen Hot Springs. Start bright and early with pickup directly from accommodation in Arequipa. Then start the journey to the Laguna de Salinas (Salinas Lagoon), making a few different stops along the way. After a 45-minute ride, arrive at your first stop: the Mirador de los Volcanes in the Chiguata District. From there, you’ll be able to observe the area’s representative volcanoes and take unbeatable photos. Reach the main square of Chiguata where its traditional holy spirit church is located. Take a seat and taste a traditional breakfast of the area (costs not included). In another hour, stop at Alto Simbral (4200 masl) where you can observe plants of the area such as queñua, areta, tola, and more. Arrive finally at the Salinas Lagoon where you’ll stay between 1 and 1.5 hours, making different stops to observe flamingos and water mirrors. The Salinas Lagoon is a high-salt Andean lake located at 4300 m. high within the protected Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reservation. Here, you’ll be surrounded by the volcanoes Misti, Ubinas, and Pichu Pichu. Afterward, head towards the Lojen Hot Springs and mini volcano to enjoy a relaxing bath (fees not included). After unwinding in the hot springs, return to Chiguata to have lunch (fees not included) and then start making your way back to the city of Arequipa. Arrive in the evening and get dropped off near the Plaza de Armas.

From Arequipa: Colca Canyon 2-Day Tour

3. 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 drive to Arequipa, returning approximately 5:00 PM.

From Arequipa: 3-Day Trekking Tour to Colca Canyon

4. From Arequipa: 3-Day Trekking Tour to Colca Canyon

Day 1: Arequipa - Condor’s Cross - San Juan de Chuccho Early morning pickup around 3:00-3:30 AM from your hotel. After driving for around 4 hours, stop in Chivay to have breakfast. Then, continue to one of the most popular points of the canyon, the Condor’s Cross. Stop for about 40 minutes to watch the condor flying. Drive for 20 more minutes to where your trek downhill begins. Hike downhill for approximately 4 hours until you reach San Juan de Chuccho. Have lunch, dinner and sleep overnight in the village of San Juan de Chuccho.  Day 2: San Juan de Chuccho - Malata - Sangalle Departure around 8:00 AM after breakfast. Continue hiking and pass by Cosñirhua town, where it is possible to see archaeological ruins left by Pre-Incan cultures. Reach Malata town and its old Spanish church. Then, continue hiking further into the canyon, until you reach Sangalle, the deepest part at an altitude of 1900 m. Sangalle is a lush green oasis with a tropical microclimate. Here you can enjoy the swimming pool after a long day of hiking. In the evening, have dinner and sleep overnight. Day 3: Sangalle - Cabanaconde - Chivay - Arequipa or Puno Leaving early morning around 5:00 AM, start hiking uphill for about 3 hours back to Cabanaconde town using torch lights. This part of the trek can provide spectacular views of sunrise. Have breakfast upon arrival, then head to Chivay. On the way, have a great view of pre-Inca terraces, some archaeological ruins and colonial towns. Around noon, arrive at the hot springs with water temperatures of 38°C, where you can relax in a warm bath. In Chivay, you can opt for a buffet lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, start your return to Arequipa. On the way, you will descend from 4830 meters to 2325 meters passing by a national reserve with llamas and alpacas. Arrive in Arequipa late afternoon and be dropped 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. After several hours travelling, 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: Colca Canyon Full-Day Guided Tour

5. 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. 

Arequipa: Chili River Rafting

6. Arequipa: Chili River Rafting

Embark on a thrilling rafting experience and conquer class II, III and IV rapids on the Chili River. This tour is perfect for beginner rafters who are seeking an adrenaline rush! The best times of year for this rafting trip are the months of April to December.  A short 20-minute drive from the Arequipa city centre, you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the 'Gruta de la Virgen de Chapi' starting point. Here, you will receive a detailed safety briefing and all of your equipment. Listen carefully to your guide as he explains the rules of the river and how to use the equipment in the safest way possible. Then, your adventure begins with a 6-km descent in a 6-person raft plus your professional rafting guide. You will be on the water for about 1 hour and 45 minutes braving the rapids and enjoying the beautiful pristine scenery. Travel among beautiful natural landscapes in this spectacular canyon formed by the volcanic rock with views of pre-Inca terraces and stunning views of the nearby volcanoes. Your river journey will come to an end in the Chilina district from where you will be taken back to Arequipa. You will be dropped off at your hotel upon arrival.

From Arequipa: Colca Canyon Full-Day Tour

7. 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 choose the option to be dropped off in Puno, you will leave from Chivay after having lunch. After several hours of travelling, 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: Colca Canyon 2-Days Tour with Accommodation

8. 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 for a delicious lunch at the Casa de la Luna lodge. Check into your junior suite and luxuriate in the spacious and comfortable rooms with a private terrace surrounded by beautiful scenery. Enjoy amenities such as cotton sheets, anti-allergic pillows, central heating, a large bathroom with tub, hot water, soft cotton towels, and much more to make your stay an unforgettable experience. In the afternoon you can relax on your private terrace, enjoy the lodge facilities, or take a 3-hour guided trek if you are feeling energetic. Go to the amphitheater of Oqolle to see the pre-Inca farming terraces, and cross the Sifon Bridge to appreciate the majesty of the Colca Canyon. Climb to the ruins of Uyu Uyu for a panoramic view of the canyon and town of Yanque. Visit the hot springs and relax in the thermal waters before returning to the lodge, where you will enjoy dinner before retiring for the night. Day 2: Yanque – Cruz del Condor – Arequipa Wake for an early breakfast to give you fuel for a full-day excursion on the left banks of the Colca Canyon. Visit some beautiful and typical towns to see colonial churches and interact with the gentle locals in typical needlework dresses. Marvel at the hundreds of pre-Inca farming terraces that are still used to grow the produce of the Andes, such as corn, quinoa, and kiwicha, a type of seed that has been farmed for over 4,000 years. Take a 2-hour drive through stunning landscapes to see the Cruz del Condor (Condor’s Cross) and discover the deepest part of the canyon and the flight route of the condor. You will return to Arequipa after lunch where you will be dropped-off at your hotel.

From Arequipa: Colca Canyon & La Calera Thermal Waters

9. 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 city of Arequipa. 

Colca Canyon: 2-Day Tour from Arequipa to Puno

10. 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.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 113 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.

Great guide, great views, full tour. Ended up including more than expected. David was a fun and helpful guide. The hike was enjoyable. Just make sure to buy some snacks for you to eat before the early morning hike out of the canyon, as breakfast isn’t until after the hike out. We did the start at Arequipa and end at Puno. Would recommend!

We had a great time trekking for two days, the route through the canyon is challenging but also very beautiful. The pick-up and the rest of the organization was very good. It is advisable to pack enough snacks for the first day as breakfast and lunch were rather small.

We had such an amazing time rafting yesterday! All the guides were amazing but our one in particular, Victor was so good! He was clear with the instructions and we had so much fun with him! The rafting was amazing and such a great experience!

beautiful, remote nature. Fantastic panoramas, plenty of mountains. The height should not be underestimated, it gets exhausting at over 3000m.