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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, eat lunch in Chivay before continuing to Puno, arriving at 7:30 PM.

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: Pillones Waterfall and Stone Forest Day Trip

3. From Arequipa: Pillones Waterfall and Stone Forest Day Trip

The first point we will visit is the town of Pampa de Arrieros and its old train station. Then continue, we make a stop in the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve for observation de vicuñas and in the Patahuasi sector to have a coca tea.Then we head towards the stone forest of Imata, starting the hike approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour, it is a natural place with strange rock formations and stone columns, where your imagination and diversification will have no limits, you will be given a prudent time to take pictures. Continuing the journey by car we arrive at the town of Pillones where the waterfall Pillones – is located. Upon reaching the falls, you will see rocks shaped by the erosion of the water, you can go down to the waterfall, once there you can enjoy this beautiful Natural scenery and also take pictures. Finally we return to the city of Arequipa.

From Arequipa: Colca Canyon Full-Day Tour

4. 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.

Colca Canyon: 2-Day Tour from Arequipa to Puno

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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.

Tour in the Colca Canyon with a Horseback Ride

8. Tour in the Colca Canyon with a Horseback Ride

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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What people are saying about Arequipa Region

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 26 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.

Very professional. All perfect. Exceptional our guide who explained many interesting things to us, both in English and in Spanish. Everything organized to perfection. In addition, they also accompanied us to do activities that were not planned such as dinner in Chivay. Highly recommended!

Suitable for the family considering the altitude. Regular stops which allow us to make the journey shorter and with a very interesting and pleasant approach to the environment. Walk adapted in time and difficulty with children! Great guide! Thank you Patricia!

The trip was amazing and the guide was very nice and knowledgeable

It was a great experience! I would do it every time again.