Tour from Arequipa to the Colca Canyon

1 Day

Overview

The Colca Canyon is located in the northeast of Arequipa. The second deepest canyon of the world is located on approximately 5 hours by bus from Arequipa. Because of that, day visitors have to leave very early Arequipa to have the best impression of the Canyon as the best time to visit is around 08:00 am to spot the condors. In addition, the 2-day hike into the valley starts at 03:00 am! The highest point of the top is the snowy Ampato at 6300 meters high while the lowest point of the valley is 970 meters high. This is where 2 rivers: the Colca and the Andamayo come together. The Colca Canyon includes a green valley with terraced agriculture that predates before the Inca’s. Due to its terraces, the Colca Valley represents one of the most impressive cultural landscapes of the continent. The valley has a great diversity of flora and fauna, highlighting of course the condor. For all visitors to Peru, this is a must see! No matter if you do the 1 or 2 day guided tour to the Cruz del Condor or if you would like to hike down into the valley until the oasis.

Itinerary

Day 1 :

03:00 – 03:30am We will pick you up from your hostel and depart by tourist bus to the Colca Canyon. After 4 hours of a bus journey, we will go directly to the Condor’s Cross, only stopping in Chivay to have breakfast. 

After breakfast, we will continue to the Condor’s Cross where we will appreciate the impressive views of one of the deepest canyons in the world and see the majestic Andean Condor bird that may be spotted flying just over your head (fingers crossed!). Get up close and get amazing photos of these birds whose presence create a truly unique experience at the Canyon. 

On the way back to Chivay, we will stop in the villages of Pinchollo, Maca and Yanque, all small local villages which have colonial churches, tombs and Pre-Inca terraces, and we will really get to see the impact of living in the second deepest Canyon in the world.  

Around noon, we will return in Chivay to visit the hot springs if you wish and then we will stop to have lunch at a local restaurant. 

On the way back to Arequipa, we will stop at Patapampa, an incredible viewpoint where you will see the Ampato, Sabancaya and Hualca Hualca volcanoes side by side. This is also the highest point that we will reach at 4800 meters above sea level in Pampa Cañahuas.  

17:30pm We will arrive back to Arequipa and drop you off at your hotel or hostel door.

Included

  • Pick-up
  • Transport by tourist bus
  • Breakfast
  • English speaking guide

Excluded

  • Lunch
  • Entrance ticket to the Colca Canyon 70 Soles
  • Entrance to the hot springs
  • Drinks

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Tour from Arequipa to the Colca Canyon
From $30
/ Adult

Availability

Please contact us first to check the availability of your trip. Especially trips to Machu Picchu are restricted due to permits and maximum amount of visitors per day and availability of train tickets. So please ask us first to confirm and you can go ahead and book your tour with us!