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  • Location:Arequipa, Peru
  • Duration:2 days (approx.)

Colca Valley Overnight Tour from Arequipa: Colca Canyon, Vicuna Reserve and Condors

When you’re in Arequipa, you can’t miss a trip to Colca Canyon (Cañon del Colca), a stunning natural wonder that’s twice as deep as the USA’s Grand Canyon. This overnight trip is a great way to get there and experience southern Peru’s beautiful highland landscapes, villages and wildlife. You’ll visit a wildlife reserve and admire colonial architecture in two highland villages; see and learn about Andean condors; walk on the base of a volcano; and, of course, enjoy spectacular views of Colca Canyon. Transport and two lunches are included in the tour price but overnight accommodation is not; please see Additional Information below for more details.


  • Overnight tour to the Colca Valley from Arequipa
  • See vicunas (similar to llamas) grazing in the Pampa Cañahuas Vicuna Reserve
  • Explore the town of Chivay and visit the villages of Maca and Yanque
  • Enjoy amazing views of Colca Canyon – and soaring condors – at the Condor Cross viewpoint
  • Learn about the history and landscape of the southern Peruvian highlands from your guide
  • Lunch on both days and transport included
  • A great family excursion!

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What You Can Expect

Colca Valley Overnight Tour from Arequipa: Colca Canyon, Vicuna Reserve and Condors

Terraced fields in Colca Canyon

Day 1: Arequipa – Colca Valley (L)
After pickup from your hotel by minivan or coach, depending on group size, you’ll make your way north of Arequipa to the Colca Valley. The spectacular drive to Colca will have you glued to your window as you drive through two skirts of volcanoes - Chachani and Pichu Pichu.

Pass through the Pampa Cañahuas Vicuna Reserve, where you’ll see vicunas (a relative of the llama) roaming freely in the highlands. Then drive past typical Peruvian villages on your way to the town of Chivay, where you’ll enjoy lunch and then have the rest of the day free to relax, get acquainted with the town and your accommodation, and have dinner on your own. If you wish, visit the nearby hot baths (own expense; your guide can provide information on this if you’re interested); if you have chosen to stay at the Colca Lodge Hotel, you can enjoy its private hot springs.

Overnight: Your selected accommodation in Chivay or at the Colca Lodge Hotel (not included)

Day 2: Colca Valley – Arequipa (L)
Wake up early for the highlight of your day – a glorious view of Colca Canyon. Head with your guide to the Condor Cross viewpoint, which 3,960 feet (1,200 meters) high boasts fabulous views of the canyon, one of the deepest in the world. In addition to the canyon vistas, you’ll also hopefully catch sight of condors flying through the air. Symbols of the Andes, these enormous birds have wingspans of up to 10.5 feet (3.2 meters), and Condor Cross is one of the best places in the area to see them!

Next, visit the villages of Maca (Achoma) and Yanque, where you can admire their well-preserved colonial churches before enjoying lunch and relaxing on the drive back to Arequipa, where your tour ends.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This trip was amazing and exceeds expectations. The only thing I would recommend to people is to do a two night stay in the canyon instead of only one. The resort we stayed , the Colca Canyon Lodge, was beautiful , it had a great staff , and the hot springs were the bests we have been.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

We had an absolutely fantastic tour and loved all that we saw. Watching the condors from the edges of the canyon was just magical -the flew so close to us and the scenery of the snow capped mountains in the backgroud was amaazing. Our guide was great, all the stops along the way were interesting and Chivay and the other smaller towns we stopped and visited certainly gave us a snapshot of Peruvian life and customs. We saw 14 condors the day that we went -they were incredible, and we got lots of great photos.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

Great views, very nice guide, fantastic Hotel and lots of condors! Simply awesome in the Classic sense of the word!

4 star rating: Recommended April 2015

The tour was great. The guide was very punctual and friendly.

4 star rating: Recommended October 2014

Great tour - two day tour is well planned and gives you time to enjoy the trip. The views of the canyon were amazing. We stayed at El Refugio hotel in Chivay - definitely the best hotel due to the views of the canyon. It is outside the city, but the tour guides do all the transportation so you have nothing to worry about.

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