Colca Canyon Tours

Colca Canyon Tours

From US$ 55 per person

Find here a wide range of tour options in Arequipa for Colca Valley and treks to the deepest Canyon. We also offer off the beaten path private trips.

Here a list of best things to do in the deepest canyon of the world:

Top rated Colca Canyon Tours and treks to Colca Canyon from Arequipa city or Chivay town.

List of best Colca Canyon Tours:

Without further ado, let's dive deep into things to do and see in Arequipa and Colca Canyon.

1. Colca Canyon Day Tour

Pricing: $29 per person

Highlights

Start Time: 3:30 am

End Time: 5:45 pm

  • Enjoy exploring Colca Canyon with one of the most reliable tour operators in Peru.
  • Knowledgeable local English Spanish speaking tour guides.
  • Marvel at the majestic Condors in their natural habitat and in flight.
  • See pre-Inca terraces along the valley.
  • Photo opportunities with llamas and alpacas.
  • Enjoy natural hot springs in La Calera, Chivay

Colca Canyon Day Tour from Arequipa Itinerary

3:20 am pick-up from your hotel in Arequipa, Bus station (if traveling from Puno to Arequipa or arriving from coast cites).

6:00 am after driving approximately 3 hours through southern Peru (Arequipa to Colca Canyon), we'll arrive at the picturesque Andean village of Chivay. In this village, we'll have a light breakfast including various regional specialities.

With our batteries recharged, we'll head towards the Cruz del Condor viewpoint, located only 50 minutes from Chivay. We'll spend an hour at the viewpoint to contemplate the superb views of the Colca Canyon, considered to be one of the deepest in the world. This observation point is also perfect for spotting the flight of condors, a predominant species in the skies of this beautiful Andean region.

We'll continue the route by road and stop at many of the viewpoints in the area such as Wayrapunko and Antahuilque to continue admiring the views of the area, such as hanging tombs, lithomachs and terraces from pre-Inca and Inca times.

Afterwards we'll stop at the thermal baths of Chacapi, so that those who wish can soak in its curative waters.

12:00 pm we'll return to Chivay to enjoy a delicious buffet lunch. Enjoy! With your appetite satiated, we'll continue our route and stop at the Mirador de Los Volcanes, from where you'll be able to observe the Chila mountain range, the snow-capped peaks of Ampato and Hualca Hualca, the Sabancaya volcano or the Pichu Pichu volcano.

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 bus station (Terminal Terrestre).

We'll also cross the National Reserve of Salinas and Aguada Blanca, a majestic natural space around which we'll see the silhouettes of the Misti and Chachani volcanoes on the horizon.

5:30 pm finally, from the reserve we'll finally return to Arequipa, to end the excursion at late evening.

Pick-up place

Pick-up is included at hotels located within a radius of 1 kilometre from the Plaza de Armas in Arequipa. If your hotel is outside this area, you should arrive at 2:40 am at the meeting point in the Plaza de Armas.

Included

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off.
  • Transport by bus.
  • English speaking guide.
  • Continental breakfast.

Excluded

  • Lunch.
  • Entry to Colca Canyon: S/ 70 (US$ 17.50).
  • Optional entry to thermal baths: S/ 15 (US$ 3.80).

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Just email us at:

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+51 965154772 (Fredy, the guy responsible of emails and inquiries at headquarter)

How to book

  1. You can get it fully booked by paying an Initial Amount via PayPal and the Total Balance must be paid in USD or PEN cash at the end of tour, then this is how you’ll get your Tour Confirmation from us.
  2. After we receive your “Booking Request”, we'll back to you as soon as possible with the PayPal link and the exact first amount to be paid.
  3. Additional information and requirements will be detailed on the email (or via WhatsApp).

Now please, start by filling the Booking Form below.

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2. Colca Canyon 2 Day Tour

Group Tour Price: US$ 75 per person

Private Tour Price: from US$ 490 per group (up to 4)

Arequipa to Colca Canyon 2 Day Tour: 2023 Updated information about Colca Canyon 2 Day Tour including itineraries, prices, what to bring and FAQs!

Colca Canyon 2 Day Tour Highlights

  • It’s a group tour that starts at 8am from Arequipa and finishes at 5pm the next day back in Arequipa.
  • Colca Canyon Overnight Tour does not involve trekking, just some walking.
  • During this 2 Day Colca Canyon Tour, the night is spent in the town of Chivay at a basic hotel. But it’s possible to upgrade your hotel (extra cost)
  • Bring cash because Colca Tours usually don’t include food so bring your own or expect to pay at restaurants.
  • Colca Canyon 2 Day Tour includes Andean Condor Bird Viewing at Cruz del Condor.
  • Pick-up and drop-off from your downtown hotel or hostel is included.

Colca Canyon 2 Day Tour from Arequipa Itinerary

Day 1: Arequipa to Colca Canyon Valley

You’ll be picked up between 07:30 am and 08:20 am in Arequipa, and depart by bus on your excursion towards the Colca Valley.

You’ll be driven 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!

You’ll 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.

You’ll arrive to Chivay at around 13:00 pm where you’ll have some lunch and check in to your basic 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. 

Later in the evening, you will meet for dinner with your guide and go to visit a local Peruvian folklore show, where you will be encouraged (and sometimes forced) to partake in the local dancing and singing! An early night is recommended, so try to avoid the local Irish bar!

Day 2: Chivay to Cruz del Condor (Condor’s Cross) to Arequipa

After an early breakfast (around 06:00 am), you’ll 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. You’ll be taken 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, so make sure you save plenty of space in your memory card for these amazing places.

After lunch at a local restaurant you’ll return to the city of Arequipa, arriving at approx. 17:30 pm where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel or hostel.

For those that plan to finish in Puno: book in advance a sightseeing bus ride from Chivay to Puno through unique landscapes. Arrival time in Puno is at about 7pm, and the drop off point is at Puno bus station (Terminal Terrestre).

Included

  • Round trip shared tourist transportation
  • Breakfast
  • English speaking guide – local expert who knows more things about the Canyon
  • 1 night accommodation in Chivay “La Estancia” or similar (basic shared hostel)

Excluded

  • Entrance ticket to Canyon: S/.70 soles
  • Entrance to the Hot Springs: about S/.15 soles (optional)
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Request Further Information. Get more. Do more.

Take your time in telling us your inquiries and we’ll show you a lot more options to do.

Just email us at:

andeannwayss@gmail.com

Or WhatsApp us to:

+51 965154772 (Fredy, the guy responsible of answering emails and inquiries at headquarter)

How to book

  1. You can get it fully booked by paying an Initial Amount via PayPal and the Total Balance must be paid in USD or PEN cash at the end of tour, then this is how you’ll get your Tour Confirmation from us.
  2. After we receive your “Booking Request”, we'll back to you as soon as possible with the PayPal link and the exact first amount to be paid.
  3. Additional information and requirements will be detailed on the email (or via WhatsApp).

Now please, start by filling the Booking Form below.

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3. Colca Canyon 2 Day Trek

Group Tour Price: US$ 85 per person

Private Tour Price: from US$ 590 per group (up to 4)

Colca Canyon 2 Day Trek is an early and long drive from Arequipa to Cabanaconde (6 hours) with stop in Chivay for breakfast, then after trek from Cabanaconde into the Canyon and overnight in Sangalle. The next day we’ll return to Cabanaconde hiking, drive back to Chivay for La Calera hot spring water and lunch. Finally in the afternoon back to Arequipa.

Arequipa to Colca Canyon 2 Day Trek Features

Tour Type: Guided Bus/Van Ride Trip and Trekking

Tour Duration: 2 days

Hotel Pick-up Time: from 3:00 to 3:30 am (first day)

Santa Catalina Monastery Drop-off Time: from 5:30 pm (second day)

Consideration: Regular physical activity required

Highlights: Volcano viewpoint (Mirador de los Volcanes), Colca Valley views, Condor Cross, majestic flight of Condors, Hot springs of La Calera.

For doing Colca Canyon 2 Day Trek you need to be in a good level of fitness.

Maybe this not what you want to do in Arequipa compare all our Colca Canyon Tours & Treks and discover which tour or trek is the perfect option for you.

During this Colca Canyon Trek, the night is spent in an oasis lodge near the bottom of the canyon.

Treks do include food but it is recommended to bring some extra snacks (fruit, cereal bars, etc) with you.

Colca Canyon Treks include Andean Condor Bird Viewing.

Colca Canyon 2 Day Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Arequipa City to Chivay (breakfast) to Condor’s cross to Sangalle

Your pick-up time is between 03:00 am and 03:30 am, we will depart from Arequipa to Cabanaconde in the Colca Canyon, which is about a 6 hour drive. On the way we stop at Chivay for breakfast and later we continue to La Cruz del Condor which is the best place to watch the Canyon and the famous Andean Condor birds. From here, we will continue another 20 minutes by bus to start our trek downhill (from Cabanaconde). We will trek downhill for approximately 3 ½ hours from 3300 metres to 2100 metres into the Canyon. 

Arequipa to Cabanaconde drive, trek to Chuccho (overnight). Day 2 hike to oasis. Day 3 return to Chivay and Arequipa.

We’ll arrive to San Juan de Chuccho for lunch and some time to rest before continuing with our hiking, a village with vegetation and some fruit trees. From there, we keep walking to the small towns of Cosñirhua and Malata. Then, it is time to keep hiking even further into the Canyon, this time into the deepest part of our trek to reach “Sangalle” a village at an altitude of approximately 1900 meters above see level. Here you can enjoy the warm swimming pool to relax after a long day’s hiking. We will arrive to Sangalle at approximately 17:00 pm. At night, we will have dinner and sleepover in bungalows near the oasis.

Day 2: From Sangalle to Chivay to Arequipa City

At 05:00 am, we will start trekking uphill for approximately 3 hours to the town of Cabanaconde with the help of torch lights. This part of the trek can provide spectacular views as we trek during the sunrise. We will have breakfast in Cabanaconde. From there, we will head to Chivay. On the way, we will have a great view of pre-Inca terraces, some archaeological ruins and colonial towns amongst others views. Around noon, we arrive to Chivay at the hot springs, with water temperatures of 38°C (optional). In Chivay, we will enjoy a typical local lunch if you wish (not included).

In the afternoon, we will have transportation back to Arequipa. On the way, we descend from 4830 metres to 2325 metres and pass through a national reserve and Pampa Cañahuas, which is a habitat for the four species of South American camelids (llama, alpaca, vicuña and guanaco). This is where you can get that all important selfie with an Alpaca or even a Vicuña if you are lucky. At the end of the afternoon, we arrive to Arequipa between 17:00 pm – 18:00 pm and we will drop you off at Calle Santa Catalina, next to Santa Catalina Monastery.

Included

  • Round trip tourist transportation – private bus so your seat is always reserved.
  • Meals (2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner).
  • English speaking trekking guide – local expert who knows everything about the Canyon.
  • One night in the lodge. Shared bathroom – upgrades to room with private bathroom available for approx S/.40 soles.
  • Towel Hire available S/.5 soles.

Not included:

  • Entrance ticket to Canyon: S/.70 soles – not included on any tour due to it being illegal to include it.
  • Entrance to the Hot Springs: about S/.15 soles – OPTIONAL
  • Last lunch in Chivay – Operators will direct you to the tourist buffet restaurants which cost around 30 soles. THIS IS OPTIONAL and you do not have to eat here.

Recommendations:

  • The passenger has the obligation to mention any health problem or past injury to assure and guarantee the safety of the trip.
  • Tips for the guides are not included.
  • Wear warm layers for the early morning transport, as the route to the canyon reaches altitudes of almost 5000 meters above sea level and can have freezing temperatures.

NOTE: THIS TREK ISN’T EASY; SOME SAY IT’S HARDER THAN MACHU PICCHU’S! For people who get tired during the trek, it is possible to hire mules.

What to bring?

If you’re booking a 2-day round-trip (Arequipa/Colca/Arequipa) 2 Day Colca Canyon Tour, just bring a small bag. Large luggage can be stored at your hotel/accommodation in Arequipa. But if planning to travel to Puno from Chivay bring all with you (there is enough room).

  • Trekking shoes or boots
  • Waterproof rain jacket
  • Warm layers, sweater or jacket (IMPORTANT) –Temperatures reach lows of -10 Celsius
  • Shorts or pants for walking
  • Swimming suit, sandals, towel – swimming pools in the oasis, and thermal baths in Chivay on the way back to Arequipa!
  • Flashlight/ headtorch – Early trek out of the Canyon starts at 5am before sunrise (It is dark!)
  • Basics like toilet paper, etc
  • Snacks (Breakfast on the last day is AFTER the early morning hike out of the Canyon – bring enough snacks to fuel you up the climb!)
  • Insects repellent
  • Personal medications (if necessary)
  • Hiking sticks (optional)
  • Money
  • Photocopy of passport and immigration card (TAM)
  • Light backpack
  • 1.5 to 2 litres of water for day 1 (if you need more you can buy it at the small shops at the villages BUT expensive)
  • Sun cream (very important)
  • Hats, sunglasses

Request Further Information. Get more. Do more.

Take your time in telling us your inquiries and we’ll show you a lot more options to do.

Just email us at:

andeannwayss@gmail.com

Or WhatsApp us to:

+51 965154772 (Fredy, the guy responsible of answering emails and inquiries at headquarter)

How to book

  1. You can get it fully booked by paying an Initial Amount via PayPal and the Total Balance must be paid in USD or PEN cash at the end of tour, then this is how you’ll get your Tour Confirmation from us.
  2. After we receive your “Booking Request”, we'll back to you as soon as possible with the PayPal link and the exact first amount to be paid.
  3. Additional information and requirements will be detailed on the email (or via WhatsApp).

Now please, start by filling the Booking Form below.

Booking Request

4. Colca Canyon 3 Day Trek

Group Tour Price: US$ 95 per person

Private Tour Price: from US$ 690 per group (up to 4)

To do Colca Canyon 3 Day Trek is not harder than the Colca Canyon 2 Day Trek, highly recommended for people that have plenty of time to enjoy on their own pace this 3 day trek.

This 3 Day Colca Canyon trek is recommended above the 2 day trek because you have more time to enjoy the views and take pictures. The trail is downhill, flat and uphill. Altitudes range from 1900 to 3300 meters above sea level. Generally very little acclimatization is necessary if you have spent time in Arequipa, Puno, or Cusco.

Arequipa to Colca Canyon 3 Day Trek Features

Tour Type: Guided Bus/Van Ride Trip and Trekking

Tour Duration: 3 days

Hotel Pick-up Time: from 3:00 to 3:30 am (first day)

Santa Catalina Monastery Drop-off Time: from 5:30 pm (second day)

Consideration: Regular physical activity required (medium)

Highlights: Volcano viewpoint (Mirador de los Volcanes), Colca Valley views, Condor Cross, majestic flight of Condors, Hot springs of La Calera.

Trek starts at 3am from Arequipa and finishes at 5pm on the 3rd day in Arequipa.

3 Day Colca Canyon Trek is of a Medium difficulty level – A decent level of fitness is needed, but it is easier than the 2 day Colca trek.

Treks do include food but it is recommended to bring some extra snacks (fruit, cereal bars, etc) with you.

Colca Canyon 3 Day Trek Itinerary

Day 1: From Arequipa to Condor’s Cross to San Juan de Chuccho

Leave Arequipa for Colca Canyon after hotel pick-up (between 3 and 3:30 am) then after 3 1/2 hours driving, we’ll stop in Chivay to enjoy breakfast.

Later, we continue driving to one of the most popular points of the canyon, “Condor’s Cross” (Mirador Cruz del Condor), where we stay for about 40 minutes to watch the Condors fly.

Arequipa to Cabanaconde drive, trek to Sangalle (overnight). Day 2 return hiking up, hot spring in Chivay and return to Arequipa.

We will continue for another 20 minutes by bus, then our trek downhill begins. We trek downhill from 3300 meters above sea level to reach the bottom which will take approximately 3 ½ hours, at an altitude of 2100 meters above sea level. We will have lunch, dinner and stay overnight in San Juan de Chuccho village which has a tropical climate with a lot of vegetation. The accommodations here are basic rooms.

Day 2: San Juan de Chuccho to Malata to Oasis

08:00 am After breakfast, we continue to the town of Cosñirhua to see the production of honey, which is made by the local people and taste the honey. It is possible to see archaeological ruins left by pre-Inca cultures around the area.

Going on, we reach the town of Malata and its old Spanish church design. Then, we descend to the deepest part of our trek to Sangalle Village at 1900 metres above sea level.

Dinner and overnight in bungalows.

Day 3: Trek to Cabanaconde, drive to Chivay to Arequipa City

05:00 am Trek uphill to Cabanaconde which will take approximately 3 hours. On arrival, we will have breakfast in Cabanaconde and then take our transport to Chivay on the way back to Arequipa. At approximately 12:00 pm, we will arrive to Chivay towards the hot springs.

In Chivay, we will have a typical lunch of the region and then head back to Arequipa. On the way back, we descend from 4830 meters above sea level to 2325 meters above sea level passing through a National Reserve and Pampa Cañahuas, which is a habitat for the four kinds of South American camelids.

(Llama, Alpaca, vicuña and guanaco). We return to Arequipa at approximately 17:30 pm.

What is included:

  • Round trip tourist transportation – private bus so your seat is always reserved.
  • Meals (3 Breakfast, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners).
  • English speaking trekking guide – local expert who knows everything about the Canyon.
  • Two nights in the rustic huts

Not included:

  • Entrance ticket to Canyon: S/.70 soles – not included on any tour due to it being illegal to include it.
  • Entrance to the Hot Springs: about S/.15 soles – OPTIONAL
  • Last lunch in Chivay – Operators will direct you to the tourist buffet restaurants which cost around 30 soles. THIS IS OPTIONAL and you do not have to eat here.

Recommendations:

  • The passenger has the obligation to mention any health problem or past injury to assure and guarantee the safety of the trip.
  • Tips for the guides are not included.
  • Wear warm layers for the early morning transport, as the route to the canyon reaches altitudes of almost 5000 meters above sea level and can have freezing temperatures.

NOTE: THIS TREK ISN’T EASY; SOME SAY IT’S HARDER THAN MACHU PICCHU’S! For people who get tired during the trek, it is possible to hire mules.

What to bring?

If you’re booking a 2-day round-trip (Arequipa/Colca/Arequipa) 2 Day Colca Canyon Trek, just bring a small bag. Large luggage can be stored at your hotel/accommodation in Arequipa. But if planning to travel to Puno from Chivay bring all with you (there is enough room).

  • Photocopy of passport and immigration card (TAM)
  • Light backpack
  • 1.5 to 2 litres of water for day 1 (if you need more you can buy it at the small shops at the villages BUT expensive)
  • Sun cream (very important)
  • Hats, sunglasses
  • Trekking shoes or boots
  • Waterproof rain jacket
  • Warm layers, sweater or jacket (IMPORTANT) –Temperatures reach lows of -10 Celsius
  • Shorts or pants for walking
  • Swimming suit, sandals, towel – swimming pools in the oasis, and thermal baths in Chivay on the way back to Arequipa!
  • Flashlight/ headtorch – Early trek out of the Canyon starts at 5am before sunrise (It is dark!)
  • Basics like toilet paper, etc
  • Snacks (Breakfast on the last day is AFTER the early morning hike out of the Canyon – bring enough snacks to fuel you up the climb!)
  • Insects repellent
  • Personal medications (if necessary)
  • Hiking sticks (optional)
  • Money

Request Further Information. Get more. Do more.

If you have questions and doubts about Colca Canyon 3 Day Trek from Arequipa, take your time in telling us your inquiries and we’ll show you a lot more options to do.

Just email us at:

andeanwayspuno@gmail.com

Or WhatsApp us to:

+51 965154772 (Fredy, the guy responsible of answering emails and inquiries at headquarter)

How to book

  1. You can get it fully booked by paying an Initial Amount via PayPal and the Total Balance must be paid in USD or PEN cash at the end of tour, then this is how you’ll get your Tour Confirmation from us.
  2. After we receive your “Booking Request”, we'll back to you as soon as possible with the PayPal link and the exact first amount to be paid.
  3. Additional information and requirements will be detailed on the email (or via WhatsApp).

Now please, start by filling the Booking Form below.

Booking Request