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  • Location: Arequipa, Peru
  • Duration:  2 days (approx.)
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 March 2015

We enjoyed the tour. We were looked after well and our guide was very informative. We learned a lot about every aspect of this area and about Peruvian culture in general.The travelling is extensive and the roads often bumpy we were in the rainy season which meant that a certain amount of stamina was required but it was a wonderful trip and we did see some condors!

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.

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