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

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

Get back to nature in the Andes mountains and look for condors, llamas and alpacas in their natural habitat. Marvel at the majestic landscape and remote towns along the way. Day 1: Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Arequipa, and then look for llamas, alpacas and vicuñas in the magnificent mountains of the Sacred Valley. Get breathtaking views of the Misti, Chachani, Pichu Pichu and Ampato volcanoes from the highest point of the Patapampa route, and then continue to Chivay (entrance town to Colca Canyon) and have lunch at a local restaurant. Then you will be dropped off in your hotel in Chivay Town. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Day 2: Depart Chivay in the early morning and make your way towards the stunning Cruz del Condor viewpoint. 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, where you will get an hour to watch the majestic birds in flight. All the excursion will be explained by the professional guide. On the way back have lunch in Chivay before continuing to Puno city, arriving to Puno city at 7:30 PM.

From Arequipa: 2-Day Trekking Tour to Colca Canyon

2. 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

3. 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 Day Tour to Puno

4. From Arequipa: Colca Canyon Day Tour to Puno

Discover the natural splendor of the Colca Canyon on this day trip from Arequipa. Start your trip of right with a delicious breakfast. Have the option to choose between a tour with lunch and the entry fee to the Colca Canyon or from a tour without these inclusions.  Enjoy early morning pickup at your hotel or accommodation in Arequipa and travel in an air-conditioned vehicle to the incredible Colca Canyon. Stop for breakfast in the charming town of Chivay. Travel through the Andes villages before reaching the Cruz del Cóndor viewpoint.  Marvel at views of the surrounding landscapes and try to spot the giant Andean condor in flight. Cross the Patapampa Pass and admire the unique flora and fauna of the area. Catch a glimpse of the peaks of the Misti, Chachani, Pichu Pichu, and Ampato volcanoes. Following your guided hike, have the option to go to the La Calera Hot Spring. At the end of your tour, the bus will return you back to the city of Puno, where you will be dropped off at your accommodation at approximately 7:30 PM.

From Arequipa: Colca Canyon 2-Day Tour

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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 Puno: 2-Day Colca Canyon Tour to Arequipa

10. From Puno: 2-Day Colca Canyon Tour to Arequipa

Day 1: After being collected from your accommodation in Puno City, you will hit the road. Along the way be sure to look out for llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas in the magnificent mountains of the Andes, before you make a stop at a small cafe. You'll receive breathtaking views of the Misti, Chachani, Pichu Pichu, and Ampato volcanoes from the highest point of the Patapampa route. You'll then continue to Chivay, the entrance town of the Colca Canyon. Once there you will have lunch at a local restaurant, before being dropped off to your hotel in Chivay Town. You can then enjoy the afternoon at leisure, with the option to visit the La Calera water spring. Day 2: You'll depart from Chivay in the early morning and make your way towards the stunning Cruz del Condor viewpoint. Along the way you'll pass the pretty towns of Coporaque and Maca, before getting in touch with nature on a short hike. You'll later arrive to Cruz del Condor, where you will watch the majestic birds in flight for a full hour. On the way back you will enjoy lunch in Chivay, before continuing on to Arequipa City where you will arrive at approximately 5:00PM.

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What people are saying about Arequipa Region

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 332 reviews

Unique experience in incredible surroundings. Our guide Geancarlo spoke good English and was able to give us a lot of great inside information about this epic environment. I would describe the trip as challenging, especially on the last day where we had a steep and strenuous ascent to altitudes of over 3000m for about 3 hours starting at 4:30am. The only point of criticism is the accommodations selected by the agency, where the conditions were partly unacceptable, especially for us group participants. The guests who had booked these accommodations themselves had, for example, WLAN, better food and better rooms. Especially after this strenuous hike, you would have wished for that. I would have gladly paid a few soles more for it. Otherwise the experience was just amazing.. we saw condors as well as free roaming alpacas and vicunas.

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!

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.

Didn't know what to expect from this trip, but it was so cool! The condors were amazing to see, we learned so much, and the views were absolutely breathtaking. Awesome trip to take if you have the time, very worthwhile. Loved it!

Incredible ! We really liked the ride! Super recommended. And they left us directly at the hotel! Very comfortable and safe.