Tour from Arequipa to the Colca Canyon

2 Days

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 he 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

We pick you up around 08:00 am from your stay in Arequipa. Depart by bus on your excursion towards Chivy. We will drive across Pampa Cañahuas in the Aguada Blanca National Reserve which is home to herds of vicuñas, llamas and alpacas, so you can stop to get that all important selfie with an Alpaca! We also stop at the Mirador de los Andes, the crater of Chucura, and the Mirador de Chivay to get some incredible photos on the way to our final destination, Chivay.

We arrive to Chivay at around 13:00pm where we will have some lunch and check in to your 3star hotel for the night. You then have the option to visit the local hot springs if you want, or simply explore the small but picturesque town of Chivay. Also possible to take a walk in the beautiful nature. Later in the evening, if you wish you will meet for dinner with your guide and go to visit a local Peruvian folklore show.

After breakfast at 07:00, we depart to the “Condor’s Cross” from where we will hopefully see the world famous Andean Condor birds fly majestically above us as they rise up from the Canyon. We will take you to different viewpoints of the Canyon to allow you to explore and appreciate the sheer size of this incredible canyon (the second deepest in the world!). On the way back to Chivay, we stop at the town of Yanque, visit its beautiful church and its characteristic stone streets among other attractions. To have spectacular views of the Colca Valley, we will drive to the observation points of Choquetipo and Artahuilque where you can see pre-Inca tombs and mock ups of the terraces. After lunch at a local restaurant (not included), we return to the city of Arequipa, arriving at approx. 17:30pm.

Included

  • Transfers by tourist bus
  • 01 night at 3 star hotel in Chivay including breakfast
  • All lunches and dinners
  • Excursions according to program
  • English speaking guide

Excluded

  • Entrance to the hot springs in Chivay (optional)
  • Drinks
  • Entrance ticket to the Colca Canyon 70 Soles per person

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Tour from Arequipa to the Colca Canyon
From $95
/ 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!