Visit the Colca Canyon on a full day trip and see the magical Condors in flight
Private and secure return transport to and from Arequipa and the Canyon
Visit tiny local villages en route back to Chivay and see churches, tombs and more
A trip to Peru wouldn’t be complete without visiting Colca. This 1 day tour of the Colca Canyon offers tourists the ideal opportunity to visit the canyon and see the famous Andean condor birds in just 1 day. Perfect for those short on time.
All year around
Arequipa hotel and hostel pickup
Arequipa central area
Between 3:00am and 3:30am we will pick you up from your hostel or hotel and depart on our private mini-bus to the Colca Canyon. After 4 hours, we will go directly to the Condor’s Cross, only stopping in Chivay to have breakfast along the way.
At 8:30am, we will arrive to the Condor's Cross where we will be able to admire 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. Get up close and snap amazing photos of these birds, whose presence is unique to the canyon.
On the way back to Chivay, we will stop in the villages of Pinchollo, Maca and Yaunque, all small local villages which have colonial churches, tombs and Pre-Inca terraces. You’ll really get to see the impact of living at the second deepest canyon in the world.
At 12:00pm we will arrive 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 4,800 metres above sea level in Pampa Cañahuas.
At 6 pm we will arrive back in Arequipa, and drop you at your hotel or hostel door.
- Official Colca Canyon entrance tax of 70 soles is not included in the ticket price. This must be paid on the tour.
- Do not forget to bring clothes for wet weather during the rainy season of March and April (these are available to rent or buy in Arequipa).
- For those that wish to finish in Puno: On return to Chivay at 1pm, there will just be 15 minutes for lunch before departing to Puno. Arrival time in Puno is 7pm, and the drop off point is at Puno Plaza de Armas.
DAY 1: 02.30 - 03.00
Hostel and hotel pick up
DAY 1: 08.30 - 10.00
Arrive to Condor's Cross
DAY 1: 10.00 - 12.00
Bus to Chivay
DAY 1: 12.00 - 13.30
Arrive to Chivay for lunch, or visit the hot springs if you wish
DAY 1: 17.00
Bus back to Arequipa city
DAY 1: 17.00 - 17.30
Hostel and hotel drop off; end of tour
- Private transport to and from Arequipa to the canyon in private mini-bus
- Official guide (local expert knowledge about the canyon)
- Light breakfast
- The government enforced tourist entrance tax for the Colca:
Foreigners 13 years of age and above: 70 soles (approx. USD $25)
South American 13 years of age and above: 40 soles (approx. USD $15)
National 13years of age and above: 20 soles (approx. USD $8)
Children (All Nationalities) under 13years of age: 5 soles (approx. USD $2)
Note: Not included on any tours, as it is illegal to include it
- Entrance to Hot Springs - costs 15 soles (approx USD $5)
- Along the way, you will reach altitudes of over 4000 metres, so some people can suffer altitude sickness (“Soroqchi”): Spend at least 1 day in Arequipa before taking part in the tour to acclimatise to the altitude, although this is not necessary if coming from Cusco or Puno
- Bring a small bag only. Large luggage can be stored at your accommodation provider
- Original passport
- Water bottle
- Local money
- Warm jacket
Cancellation or changes of this tour:
CHANGES: It is FREE to change the tour date before 6:00 pm (Lima time) the day before the tour begins.
NO SHOWS & CANCELLATIONS: If you cancel the day prior to the tour before 6:00 pm (Lima time) or earlier, a 10% administration fee (+ the card fee) will apply. After this time, there is a 100% no-show or cancellation fee.
You must email firstname.lastname@example.org (include the name of the tour and the reservation number) to cancel this tour or to make any changes.
I can’t find my accommodation listed in the operator pick up locations as I’m making my booking. What should I select?
This operator only offers pick-ups from the hotel and hostel accommodation listed, this covers over 90% of the accommodation providers in the area. They do not provide pick-ups or drop-offs at private residences, Airbnbs, bus terminals etc. Select an alternative close by and be ready there for pick-up at the time on your booking confirmation.
What is the difference between the Colca Canyon TOURS and TREKS?
During the tours you will have limited walking sections, as most of the time you stay on a bus and only get outside at several viewing points. The tours are more recommended for travellers who want or (because of physical conditions) have to take it easy. Treks however, are perfect for people with good physical condition. With treks, you will definitely get more and intense views of the beautiful and unique landscape of the Canyon.
I do not want to take all of my belongings with me. Where can I leave my big bag or suitcase?
Hotels and hostels in Arequipa will normally store your bags in their safety deposit for free whilst you are away at the Canyon, until you check in again upon your return. Head off to the trip with just what you need and leave the rest in storage.
Will I see Condors on this tour?
There are quite a few Condors out there, and as we visit different viewing points the chances are quite good. We still cannot guarantee that you will be able to see them, but if you get lucky they will fly just above your head!
Will I have problems with altitude sickness on this tour?
Altitude sickness can catch many travellers a little bit off guard. Not everyone gets sick in high altitudes, and it is difficult to predict who is likely to be badly affected by it. For most people, it is nothing more than a headache and a dizzy sensation that diminishes over a short period of time, 1 to 2 days for most people. If you want to limit your chances of getting sick, there are a few things you can do. Firstly, do not fly directly into high altitude - proceed slowly, allowing your body time to acclimatise as you ascend gradually. However, for many that is not possible, so it’s important to drink lots of water, and to slow down! This sounds simple, but both of these things are very important. Your body is struggling because you don’t have enough oxygen, so avoiding any strenuous activity is a good idea. Chew some coca leaves - the native people of South America have been chewing coca for centuries, thanks to its ability to alleviate mild altitude sickness symptoms. Coca leaves can be bought in any supermarket, and even souvenir shops or street stalls. Take altitude sickness pills (Soroche): these are sold over the counter all over Peru and Bolivia, and are just a few dollars. If you are flying straight into altitude over 2500 metres without spending any time at an intermediate elevation, and you’re worried about getting sick, you can ask your doctor for more specific and stronger altitude sickness medication in advance. In the rare case that your symptoms are more severe than a headache and mild dizziness, you should descend in altitude and seek medical assistance.
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