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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.

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From Arequipa: Colca Canyon Full-Day Tour

2. 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.

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Full-Day Colca Canyon Tour from Arequipa

3. 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.

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From Arequipa: Colca Canyon & La Calera Thermal Waters

4. 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. 

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From Arequipa: 3-Day Trekking Tour to Colca Canyon

5. 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.

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From Arequipa: 3-Day Colca Canyon Trek

6. 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.

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Andes: Colca Canyon Day-Trip

7. Andes: Colca Canyon Day-Trip

You will start your day off early with a pickup from your hotel between 2:30-3:00AM. You will then take a 3-hour journey by car towards Colca Canyon, eventually reaching the town of Chivay where you will have breakfast at 6:00AM. You will then drive through the scenic landscape, passing agricultural fields, Antahuilque, the Choquetico Tombs, and the tiny village of Yanque on your way to the Cruz del Condor viewpoint. You will also be able to watch quietly and patiently for the opportunity to see the giant Andean Condor flying silently overhead from this impressive overlook point. Afterwards, you will return to Chivay by way of Maca Village, where you can watch farmers plowing their fields, before stopping at a beautiful 18th-century colonial church. Upon arrival to Chivay, you will stop at the La Calera Hot Springs where you can relax and soak in the therapeutic pools if you wish. You will then have lunch on your own in Chivay, with free time to visit the local marketplace and main square. At 2:00PM, you will make your way back to Arequipa visiting the viewpoint of Patapampa (at 4,800 meters), to view the Ampato Volcano, where the mummy Juanita was discovered. Afterwards, you will continue to Toqrapampa, where you can see small lagoons filled with Andean birds. Your last stop will be Pampa Cañahuas National Park, where you will be able to see llamas, alpacas and vicuñas before arriving to Arequipa at approximately 5:00PM. You will later be dropped off in the Arequipa City Center, after a fun and busy day!

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3 Day Trekking into Colca Canyon from Arequipa

8. 3 Day Trekking into Colca Canyon from Arequipa

Day 01: Arequipa – San Juan de Chuccho (B, L, D) This day we’ll depart Arequipa Very early in order to arrive in Chivay– this early day is necessary to give us the best chance of seeing the Condors later in the morning. In Chivay we have a continental breakfast before departing by bus for the 'Cruz Del Condor'. At this lookout point you can enjoy stunning views of Colca Canyon and hopefully see the impressive Andean condors soaring above the void. After our fill of the Condors we descend into the Canyon, visiting a couple of pretty villages along the way. We have lunch in the village of San Juan de Chuccho, where we also relax for the afternoon, have dinner and spend the night in the Local accommodation Day 02: San Juan De Chuccho – Oasis (B, L, D) In our second day we’ll have early breakfast and departure from San Juan de chuccho to The Oasis.  This morning we head to a beautiful Oasis in the Sangalle Valley.  On the way we visit the villages of Cosñirhua and Malata and learn a little about the flora and fauna of this unique natural zone.  At the oasis we’ll have a lunch, bathe in the swimming pool, have dinner and stay the night in Bungalows Day 03: Oasis – Chivay – Arequipa (B, L) Start the way up 5:00am and get the top around 9:00am, go for breakfast, and back to Chivay by bus. In the Last day of the Tour We’ll have even earlier breakfast to allow departure from Sangalle , We’ll climb to Cabanaconde village where our breakfast will wait for us ,after our stay for few hours in Cabanaconde. Our Transportation with take us to Chivay .On the way we will make a stop to see Inca and pre-Inca agricultural terraces from the view point WAYRAPUNKU. In CHIVAY you have the option of visiting the Thermal Bath for one hour. The medicinal water has a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius. Afterward we’ll have lunch in CHIVAY before return to AREQUIPA. Next stop will be in Los Andes viewpoint to see the HualcaHualca, Sabancaya and Ampato volcanoes, and after a while the National Park Salinas and Aguada Blanca where is possible see llamas, alpacas and vicuñas, and finally arrived at Arequipa.

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Arequipa & Colca Canyon Multi-Day Tour

9. 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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Arequipa: 2-Day Colca Canyon Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Colca Canyon

Great value. We were picked up at our Airbnb at 3:00 am. We lucked out and saw condors in our trip. Great tour guide. Would recommend for one day trip.

Liz was an excellent guide. Very knowledgeable and helpful. And thanks to our driver Edwin for getting us to and from safely.

Very nice experience, very nice guide. The thermal baths are great and the guide gladly stops at viewpoints.

The pick up was on time, the explanation from our guide Liz was accurate.

Very well organized, adorable guides, facilitates good meetings.