Enjoy discovering Colca Canyon with one of the most reliable operators in Arequipa
Excellent local and bilingual guides with knowledge on the landscape and wildlife
Marvel at the beautiful condors in their natural habitat and in flight
Visit the second deepest canyon in the world. This full day tour allows you to see all the main viewpoints of the Colca Canyon, as well as the famous condor birds. During this tour, you’ll have the chance to see pre-Inca terraces along the valley, and take photos with llamas and alpacas. You will also have the option to enjoy the natural hot springs in a nearby town.
All year round
Arequipa hotel and hostel pickup
Zela street next to the Monastery of Santa Catalina
We will pick up between 3:00 to 3:30 from your respective hotels on our private buses to go to Chivay town, in that place we have to pay de tourist ticket after that we go directly to the traditional village of Achoma where we will have breakfast and immediately headed to Cruz del Cóndor.
Cruz del Condor viewpoint where we can appreciate the spectacular Flight of the Condors and the Depth of the Colca Canyon for 1 hour, during the tour we will observe the beautiful landscape of the canyon that mixes with the vegetation and the typical characters of the area.
From the return to Chivay, we will have some stops in the most outstanding viewpoints of the zone like the Mysterious Lagoons of Antahuilque.
Choquetico hanging tombs, we will enter the traditional town of Maca where we will know its colonial church - Santa Ana de Maca considered the most beautiful of the Colca Valley.
Then we will continue to the town of Yanque, we will arrive here at about 11:00 am. Here we can enjoy the relaxing medicinal 38ºC hot spring, and we will stay here for about 1 hour. (OPTIONAL)
Afterward, you will have the option to eat a buffet lunch in Chivay or this is optional.
Returning to the City of Arequipa we will make stops in the most outstanding points such as; Patapampa 4910 m.s.n.m (Volcanoes Viewpoint), from here we can see 3 different volcanoes such as Hualcahualca, Sabancaya, and Ampato and the National Reserve of Salinas and Aguada Blanca where you will appreciate the South American camelids like vicuñas, llamas, and alpacas.
At around 5:30 pm we will arrive back to Arequipa, and drop you off at Zela street next to the Monastery of Santa Catalina.
- 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.
03:00 - 03:30
Hostel and hotel pick up
03:00 - 06:30
Drive towards Chivay
Have breakfast in Achoma
08:00 - 09:30
View Condor's Cross
09:30 - 11:00
Return to Chivay
11:00 - 12:30
Visit Yanke hot springs (optional)
13:00 - 14:00
Arrive to Chivay for lunch
14:00 - 17:00
Bus back to Arequipa city
17:00 - 17:30
Drop off at Zela street next to the Monastery of Santa Catalina
- Private transport
- Travel professional guide.
- Hotel/hostel pick-up
- Colca touristic ticket:
Foreigners 70 soles
South American 40 soles
Nationals 20 soles
- Entrance to the Thermal Baths (Chivay - 15 soles)
- Lunch (Chivay) or drinks
- Bring a small bag only
- 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 clothes to wear to the Colca?
Bring light clothing in the daytime, but wear a jacket or jacket at night as it increases the cold, if your visit is scheduled for the months of December to March, it is advisable to bring thermal and rainwear during the rainy season, sports shoes, a good sunscreen, and hat.
What is the approximate time of the trip to the Colca?
Travel time from Arequipa to Chivay takes approximately 3 hours by bus.
What is the best season to visit the Colca?
The best season to visit the Colca are the months of April and May. Why? Because these are the months when the rains are no longer so persistent and are the months when the greenery of the landscapes becomes more attractive. You can visit during the rest of the year taking the weather recommendations in the area.
At what distance is the Colca Canyon?
The Colca Canyon it is a distance of 151 km from the city of Arequipa, to the town of Chivay.
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!
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