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Colca Canyon Tour 2 Days / 1 Night

Colca Canyon Tour 2 Days / 1 Night

2 Days / 1 Night from $ USD 75.00

Colca Canyon Tour 2 Days / 1 Night

2 Days / 1 Night from $ 75 | Colca Canyon Tour 2 Days / 1 Night

| Min Altitude: 2200msnm (3545 fasl) | Max Altitude: 2200msnm (3545 fasl)
Price From
$ USD 75.00
Duration
2 Days / 1 Night
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 10
Physical Level
Moderate

Introduction

In this 2 day tour we will visit the Colca Canyon, known for being one of the deepest canyons in the world. We will also have the privilege of observing one of the largest birds on the planet: The Condor, we can appreciate the majestic flight of the Condor in the viewpoint of the cross of the condor. In addition to all this we will enjoy a direct contact with nature. We will be accompanied by a specialized guide who will tell us about the history of the cultures that inhabited this area. We will enjoy a delicious lunch with Andean dishes made with local products.

If your travel itinerary is based on visiting natural wonders, then Arequipa is one of those tourist destinations you can’t miss. The region is home to one of the deepest canyons in the world, where a stunning landscape is waiting to be rediscovered.

The Colca Canyon is Arequipa’s most visited destination, gathering more than 300,000 travelers a year. This natural wonder offers the perfect setting for those looking to travel off the beaten path, but also for the more adventurous travelers who dare to cross its imposing walls on a multi-day hike.

However, the Colca Canyon is easily accessible by car, so if you are short on time but want to discover the beauty of this region, the 2-day excursion is the right choice for you.

On this occasion, you will be surrounded by the lush nature of the canyon, but you will also be able to see the majestic Andean condor up close.

Find yourself in the middle of a paradisiacal landscape, where llamas and giant birds will welcome you at more than 4,000 meters above sea level, and explore the natural and cultural heritage of the Colca Canyon, the second deepest in the world.

Trip details

  • Departs: Pickup from your hotel in Arequipa around 4.00pm – 4.30pm on Day 1
  • Returns: To Arequipa approximately 5pm on Day 2
  • Duration: 2 days
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Itinerary

DAY 1

Pampa Cañahuas - Patapampa - Cruz del Condor - Chivay.

We will pick you up at your hotel to take the road out of the city of Arequipa. On the way, we will be increasing the altitude, so we will make stops for acclimatization. One of them is Pampa Cañahuas, a reserve where you can observe alpacas and vicuñas. Then, we will make a brief stop in Patahuasi, from where we will continue to a place called Tacra, where we will have the possibility to observe the flora and fauna of the region.

The tour continues with a visit to Patapampa, the viewpoint of the volcanoes, which is located at 4910 meters above sea level. After this, we will continue to the town of Chivay,

followed by a visit to the Cruz del Condor. In this place, we can visit the viewpoint where you can see some condors in flight. Also, we will make stops in some villages like Yanque and Maca, where we will have access to the local squares and some handicrafts, and we will also have the tourist lunch. After this, we will continue our trip back to our hotel where we will stay in Chivay.

DAY 2

Chivay - Puno.

We will wake up early to enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then we will take our vehicle to continue our trip to Puno. We will also stop at some places and viewpoints along the way, as well as lagoons, glaciers, flora and fauna of the place, On the way we will enjoy our lunch (box lunch) and then continue with the tour to the region of Puno for the visit to the burial complex of Sillustani where we can appreciate a series of impressive tombs belonging to the Qolla culture, ending the tour we will continue our journey to the city of Puno where we will spend the night.

Recommendations

  • We recommend to bring: Water and snacks, Light backpack, Walking shoes if necessary, Sunscreen, Mosquito repellent, Bathing suit, Towel, Rain gear or plastic ponchos (January February), Cash.
  • Service is subject to variation without previous notice, due to weather conditions (rains, floods, floods, etc), strikes and/or demonstrations and any other event that does not allow the normal development of the itinerary.
  • Any cancellation of the service for the reasons indicated above, does not apply a refund.
  • In such a case, we may carry out a contingency plan with an alternative tour.
  • If you decide to leave before the end of the service, there will be no refund for this either.
  • If you bring or buy snacks during the tours, preferably light snacks (dried fruits, cookies and water).
  • If you do not attend the day of the service, it will be considered as “Done” with no place for Claims, Postponements or Refunds.
  • Seats in the transfer mobility are not reserved, they are taken on a first come, first served basis.

Pricing List

Private Service
Number of persons Price per person
1 Persons $ USD 75.00 Inquire Now

Travel Guide

Attractions to Visit

On the way to the Colca Canyon, we will make some stops to appreciate the beautiful landscapes of the region, from where we will cross the National Reserve of Salinas and Aguada Blanca and Pampa Cañahuas, besides rediscovering the rock art of Mollepunku and the famous rock formations of Callalli. These are the main attractions of our tour that you have surely heard about:

1. Cruz del Condor viewpoint.

This natural viewpoint is located on the highest peak of the canyon, offering an exceptional view of the Colca Valley and, especially, of the majestic Andean Condor, the third largest bird in the world.

The Andean Condor is 3 meters long and barely flaps its wings to fly, as it uses the warm air currents to glide, a smooth flight that is worth observing. Therefore, to experience this beautiful spectacle, you should visit the Mirador de la Cruz del Condor between 9:00 and 11:00 am.

2. Chivay

This small town is the starting point for all visitors to the Colca Canyon. It is 3,651 meters above sea level, located in the Colca Valley.

The town of Chivay is recognized for its cultural expression where most of its inhabitants have kept their ancient traditions almost intact.

From this place you can contemplate the outstanding landscape of the region, composed of the exuberant nature of the valley, farmland and ancient agricultural terraces.

3. Hot springs

If you stay a couple of days in town, a dip in these hot springs can be as comforting as you could ever imagine. The nearest hot springs are located 3 kilometers from the town of Chivay.

Here you can opt for indoor or outdoor pools overlooking the authentic landscape of the region. The water temperature can reach 38°C and is believed to have healing properties.

What about altitude sickness?

It is worth mentioning that, due to the high altitude of this place, some travelers may experience altitude sickness. This is very common at altitudes above 2,500 meters above sea level. However, here are some recommendations to help you prevent it:

  • Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Take a few days of rest in Arequipa before any demanding activity.
  • Drink coca tea.
  • Eat a light but high calorie diet.

There are some medications that help alleviate the symptoms of altitude sickness, you can find them as Diamox or Soroche Pills in any pharmacy in Peru. However, we advise you to consult your doctor before taking any of them.

Faqs Colca Canyon Tour 2 Days / 1 Night

How far is the Colca Valley from Arequipa?

The Colca Valley is 151km from the city of Arequipa; it takes about 3 hours to reach the main town of Chivay, where you will find all the main services such as lodging, restaurants, night entertainment centers and others.

What is the best season to visit the Colca Valley?

You can visit the Colca all year round, however the best time to visit is between April and May since the rainy season is ending and these are the months that show the most greenery of the Colca Valley and all its landscapes.

At what altitude is the Colca Valley?

The main town of the Colca Valley is located at an altitude of 3635masl, however on the way from Arequipa to Chivay you pass a high point which is Patapampa also known as the Mirador de los Volcanes; this is at 4900masl, it is the highest point of the whole road.

Can I leave my luggage at the Hotel in Arequipa?

It is always recommended to bring only what is necessary to spend the night on this tour, so you can leave your luggage at the hotel in Arequipa with the corresponding check and on your return the second day you can pick it up.

If I am not staying in a hotel in downtown Arequipa, where do I have to go to board the transportation?

If you are not staying in a hotel in the historic center of Arequipa, you must go to the Plaza de Armas to board the transportation. First we pick up passengers who are in the Plaza de Armas and then we start picking up passengers in hotels.

Can Airbnb pick-ups be made?

It is possible to pick up passengers from Airbnb that are in the historic center; the transportation generally picks them up one or two blocks away from their location depending on the access and previous coordination.

Is it advisable to do this tour with seniors and children?

It is possible to do the tour with adults and children after acclimatization in the city of Arequipa. It is advisable to stay at least 01 day in the city to avoid altitude sickness during the tour.

In which hotel do you spend the night in the Colca?

We work with different hotels and the price varies according to their categorization. In the case of the price shown above, you will spend the night at the Colca Terra or Maravillas Peruanas Hostal; it is worth mentioning that all the hotels are tourist hotels and have all the services such as private bathroom, hot water, TV, Wifi, etc.

If I don’t want to go to the hot springs with the group, can I stay at the hotel?

Yes, it is possible; the visit to the hot springs is optional, so if you do not wish to visit, you can stay at the hotel to rest or take a walk on your own through the Plaza de Chivay, visit the market and surroundings.

Is the dinner show included in the tour price?

Participating in the dinner show offered at night is optional and is not included in the price of the tour. In case of participating the average cost is S/. 25.00 to S/. 30.00 depending on what you want. As they go to dinner they will be able to appreciate some typical dances of the area prepared by the villagers and so they can learn a little more about their customs.

On the second day I will be picked up from the hotel or I will have to show up at some point to board the transportation.

Normally this is coordinated with the guide the night before, however what is usually done after an early breakfast at the hotel, is to gather the group at a certain time in the Plaza de Armas of Chivay to board the transport and continue the tour to the Mirador de la Cruz del Condor.

How far is the Colca Valley from Arequipa?

The Colca Valley is 151km from the city of Arequipa; it takes about 3 hours to reach the main town of Chivay, where you will find all the main services such as lodging, restaurants, night entertainment centers and others.

What is the best season to visit the Colca Valley?

You can visit the Colca all year round, however the best time to visit is between April and May since the rainy season is ending and these are the months that show the most greenery of the Colca Valley and all its landscapes.

At what altitude is the Colca Valley?

The main town of the Colca Valley is located at an altitude of 3635masl, however on the way from Arequipa to Chivay you pass a high point which is Patapampa also known as the Mirador de los Volcanes; this is at 4900masl, it is the highest point of the whole road.

Can I leave my luggage at the Hotel in Arequipa?

It is always recommended to bring only what is necessary to spend the night on this tour, so you can leave your luggage at the hotel in Arequipa with the corresponding check and on your return the second day you can pick it up.

If I am not staying in a hotel in downtown Arequipa, where do I have to go to board the transportation?

If you are not staying in a hotel in the historic center of Arequipa, you must go to the Plaza de Armas to board the transportation. First we pick up passengers who are in the Plaza de Armas and then we start picking up passengers in hotels.

Can Airbnb pick-ups be made?

It is possible to pick up passengers from Airbnb that are in the historic center; the transportation generally picks them up one or two blocks away from their location depending on the access and previous coordination.

Is it advisable to do this tour with seniors and children?

It is possible to do the tour with adults and children after acclimatization in the city of Arequipa. It is advisable to stay at least 01 day in the city to avoid altitude sickness during the tour.

In which hotel do you spend the night in the Colca?

We work with different hotels and the price varies according to their categorization. In the case of the price shown above, you will spend the night at the Colca Terra or Maravillas Peruanas Hostal; it is worth mentioning that all the hotels are tourist hotels and have all the services such as private bathroom, hot water, TV, Wifi, etc.

If I don’t want to go to the hot springs with the group, can I stay at the hotel?

Yes, it is possible; the visit to the hot springs is optional, so if you do not wish to visit, you can stay at the hotel to rest or take a walk on your own through the Plaza de Chivay, visit the market and surroundings.

Is the dinner show included in the tour price?

Participating in the dinner show offered at night is optional and is not included in the price of the tour. In case of participating the average cost is S/. 25.00 to S/. 30.00 depending on what you want. As they go to dinner they will be able to appreciate some typical dances of the area prepared by the villagers and so they can learn a little more about their customs.

On the second day I will be picked up from the hotel or I will have to show up at some point to board the transportation.

Normally this is coordinated with the guide the night before, however what is usually done after an early breakfast at the hotel, is to gather the group at a certain time in the Plaza de Armas of Chivay to board the transport and continue the tour to the Mirador de la Cruz del Condor.

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