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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: 3-Day Trekking Tour to Colca Canyon

2. 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 Tour

3. 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.

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: 2-Day Tour from Arequipa to Puno

6. 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 & 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.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 9 reviews

Incredible! The meals are of high quality, the lodge magnificent with swimming pool and an impressive view of the canyon. The views are spectacular and the path is nice! The expedition is complete: stop to see the condors and certain animals, hiking, thermal baths, inns to eat, viewpoints, ... The first day is quite easy, 1200m of negative elevation, the second day is more sporty with 1100m of elevation gain at sunrise (from 5am to 8am). This second day can be done on horseback and has a cost of 70 soles. Provide plenty of water or enough money to be able to buy some on the course because it is impossible to fill the bottles.

Lack of communication for the beard pick-up in Arequipa. No confirmation from the agency the day before. Other than that the experience is great. The condors, the landscapes, the hot baths etc…everything is well organized. The hotel is nice and the food is overall good. The descent on the first day is not very difficult but be careful, the ascent on the second day of walking is quite tough even for experienced walkers.

Great trip. Beautiful scenery. Unlike some trips in Peru the guide spoke good English and provided a lot of really interesting information about the plants and animals.

Tremendous experience, beautiful place with unique views, pure nature. Guides with great knowledge of the region. Rich typical food. Recommended adventure.

Very good experience. Very nice guide. 3 days is perfect to take full advantage of the treks. Difficult final climb. Provide food and water well.