Colca Canyon (Canon del Colca) Tours

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Colca Canyon (Canon del Colca)
Plunging 13,650 feet (4,160 meters) down, Peru’s Colca Canyon is officially one of the world’s deepest canyons—with a breadth of activities to match. Visitors opt to visit this off-the-beaten-track attraction for its opportunities for adventure in a stunning natural environment, its large population of Andean condors, and its pre-Inca historical sites.

The Basics
Most Colca Canyon tours start in Arequipa, which doubles as a basecamp for 3-day treks through the Andes Mountains (be sure to go with a guide for safety reasons) and for overnight horseback riding or bus tours to the canyon. Upon arrival at the Andean valley, a plethora of options for tours and outdoor activities await: Hike to overlooks such as La Cruz del Condor, bike through the Colca Valley, or kayak or raft down the Colca River.

No matter what sights and activities you choose, guided tours are generally the easiest and most convenient way to travel, as most provide round-trip transportation from Arequipa. But if you’re seeking an independent sightseeing experience, you can book a bus transfer from Arequipa with stops at scenic viewpoints and attractions along the way.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Multi-day Colca Canyon tours often include visits to nearby attractions in the Arequipa region, such as Puno on Lake Titicaca or the Pampa Canahuas Reserve, famous for its wild vicunas.
  • Day trips from Arequipa to the canyon can last up to 14 hours.
  • Stave off altitude sickness by allowing yourself a couple days to acclimate in Arequipa before attempting any activities.

How to Get There
The closest city to Colca Canyon is Arequipa, roughly 100 miles (161 kilometers) southeast. From there you can book a bus or shuttle directly to the canyon, or take public transportation to Chivay or Cabanaconde on either end of the canyon. Chivay is the more popular choice, as it is home to relaxing hot springs. If you have the time and energy, you can make the 3-day hike. You can also reach the canyon via Cusco, though it is a longer journey.

When to Get There
May through September is the driest time of the year in Peru, and therefore it’s the best for hiking and other outdoor activities. December through February is the low season, which promises fewer crowds.

History and Andean Condors in Colca Canyon
Historical attractions—such as pre-Hispanic settlements, the pre-Inca Chimpa fortress, and the caves of Mollepunko above Callalli, where 6,000-year-old rock art shows the domestication of the alpaca—are plentiful in the canyon. Andean Condors are another draw as some of the world’s largest flying birds, with bodies up to four feet (1.2 meters) tall and wingspans of up to 10.5 feet (3.2 meters). Because of their size, they live in windy areas that can help them get off the ground.
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Colca Canyon Day Trip from Arequipa

Explore the rich culture, fascinating history and majestic scenery near Arequipa during this 14-hour day trip including Peru’s incredible Colca Canyon. Drive into the depths of the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest in the world, as you explore a series of agricultural villages and cultural sites that lie within the canyon, including Antahuilque and the Choquetico Tombs, and check out the Cruz del Condor lookout, where you can spot Andean Condors in flight. You’ll also stop by La Calera Hot Springs for a soak in the therapeutic pools and visit the towering 15,570-foot (4800 meter) Patapampa viewpoint. Your Colca and Arequipa excursion also includes breakfast, hotel pickup and a guide.
  • Duration: 14 hours
  • Duration: 14 hours
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15-Day Tour from Lima: Amazon, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Colca Canyon and Nazca Lines

Experience all that Peru has to offer during this 15-day, 14-night trip covering visits to the Amazon, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, the Nazca Lines, Colca Canyon and much more. Spot exotic wildlife in the Amazon and then discover the history of the Incas during time in Cusco and the Sacred Valley. You’ll also spend an unforgettable day exploring the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Machu Picchu before heading to Lake Titicaca to discover the lake’s unique floating islands. Then search for Andean Condors above the Colca Canyon. Finish your trip with a flight above the mysterious Nazca Lines. This Peru highlights trip also covers a guide, 14 nights of accommodations, meals as per the itinerary, bus, boat and train transfers and all entrance fees.
  • Duration: 15 days
  • Duration: 15 days
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Colca Valley Overnight Tour from Arequipa: Colca Canyon, Vicuna Reserve and Condors

Discover the dramatic beauty of the Colca Canyon on an exciting two-day excursion from Arequipa. Explore a fascinating natural formation twice as deep as the USA’s Grand Canyon with an experienced guide; visit an intriguing wildlife reserve to encounter diverse species; and admire the beautiful colonial architecture of two highland villages. Walk on the base of a colossal volcano and admire spectacular views of Peru’s stunning scenery during this enriching experience. Transport and two lunches are included in the tour price, however overnight accommodation must be purchased separately.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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Colca Canyon: 2 Day Tour from Arequipa

Head into the second deepest canyon in the world, Colca Canyon, on an overnight trip from Arequipa. Pass by remote Peruvian villages, large volcanoes, and herds of vicunas, the national animals of Peru. Colca Canyon reaches depths of 3,400 meters and is home to the giant Andean condor, that has a wingspan of over 3 meters, making it one of the most unique places in the world.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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2-Day Group Tour to Colca Canyon from Arequipa

Journey from Arequipa to Yanque through the Colca Canyon, experiencing local Andean villages and impressive wildlife during this 2-day, 1-night trip. Travel through the amazing landscape of southern Peru, passing alpine lakes, glaciers, volcanoes before reaching the incredible Colca Canyon, where you'll observe the Andean Condor in its native habitat. Along the way you’ll also stop get a taste for daily life in the small villages of the Andes and have the chance to spot an impressive array of wildlife like alpacas, Andean eagles, flamingoes and ibises. This trip through Colca Canyon to Yanque also includes a guide, one night of accommodations, all entrance fees, breakfast and round-trip hotel transport.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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Colca Canyon in One Day from Arequipa

Spend the day watching condors glide over the Colca Canyon on a full-day trip from Arequipa, a great choice for nature lovers and first-time visitors. Observe condors and absorb panoramic views of the Colca Canyon from La Cruz del Condor lookout point, and opt to soak your muscles in the hot springs of La Calera in the afternoon. Plus, go bird watching in Pampa Cañahuas.
  • Duration: 14 hours
  • Duration: 14 hours
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2-Day Group Tour to Colca Canyon from Arequipa to Puno

Enjoy Peru’s amazing scenery and fascinating wildlife during this overnight trip from Arequipa to Puno via the Colca Canyon. Travel to Yanque through the stunning landscape of the Pampa Cañahuas Reserve, spotting wildlife like alpacas, flamingoes and ibises, along with nearby volcanoes. Continue the next day through the Colca Canyon, stopping to admire giant Andean Condors at the Mirador Cruz del Condor, heading to Puno in the afternoon. This private overnight trip also covers your guide, one night of accommodations, all entrance fees, one breakfast, and round-trip hotel transport.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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Full Day Trip to Colca Canyon from Arequipa

Let your spirit soar like the Andean condor on this full-day exploration of Colca Canyon. Stop by the ‘Condor’s Cross,’ near one of the canyon’s deepest points, to watch these majestic birds as they appear to float on the wind. Continue to traditional towns like Maca and Yanque where you’ll observe colonial-era churches and locals garbed in needlework dresses. Finish your trip on a high point as you return through 16,000-foot (4900-meter) Patapampa pass. A guide, breakfast and round-trip hotel transport are also covered.
  • Duration: 16 hours
  • Duration: 16 hours
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2-Day Custom Colca Canyon Trek from Arequipa

Discover the dramatic scenery of Colca Canyon on a 2-day trek from Arequipa. Alongside your guide, you’ll hike through indigenous communities and epic scenery on this semi-private tour of maximum 5 people. Sleep in a lodge beside the Oasis Sangalle and then emerge early to ascend to the town of Cabanconde —enjoy the flexibility to amend the tour itinerary to experience a shorter hike. Gaze at views of the Colca Canyon from Cruz del Condor, ­­and then soothe your muscles in the warm waters of La Calera Thermal Waters. Meals and round-trip transport from Arequipa hotels are included.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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13-Day Tour from Lima:Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Colca Canyon and Nazca Lines

Explore the top highlights in Peru during this 13-day, 12-night trip covering Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, the Nazca Lines, Colca Canyon and much more. Discover the history of the Incas during time in Cusco and the surrounding Sacred Valley. You’ll also spend an unforgettable day exploring the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Machu Picchu before heading to Lake Titicaca to discover the lake’s unique floating islands and searching for Andean Condors above the Colca Canyon. Finish your trip with a flight above the mysterious Nazca Lines. This Peru highlights trip also covers a guide, 12 nights of accommodations, meals as per the itinerary, bus, boat and train transfers and all entrance fees.
  • Duration: 13 days
  • Duration: 13 days
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10-Day Tour from Lima: Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and Colca Canyon

Explore the top highlights in Peru during this 10-day, 9-night trip covering Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, the Colca Canyon and much more. Discover the history of the Incas during time in Cusco and the surrounding Sacred Valley. You’ll also spend an unforgettable day exploring the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Machu Picchu before heading to Lake Titicaca to see its unique floating islands. Your trip finishes with a journey through the amazing scenery of Colca Canyon, spotting local wildlife like the giant Andean Condor. This Peru highlights trip also covers a guide, nine nights of accommodations, meals as per the itinerary, bus, boat and train transfers and all entrance fees.
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Duration: 10 days
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3-Day Custom Colca Canyon Trek from Arequipa

Descend to one of the world’s deepest canyons on a 3-day semi-private trek to the Colca Canyon from Arequipa. Alongside your guide, you’ll enjoy amazing views, native wildlife and home-cooked Peruvian food on the way to the Cruz del Condor lookout point. Hike through local communities, Cosñirhua and Malata, and visit Oasis Sangalle to swim and relax. After a steep climb, you’ll be rewarded with a spectacular sunset over the Colca Canyon and then with a soothing soak in Chivay’s hot springs. Accommodation in a local home and hostel is included.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Duration: 3 days
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Trekking to Llahuar 3d-2n Arequipa

A trekking tour lets you get off the beaten track and explore the beauty of the Peruvian countryside. This 3-day tour takes you through the Colca Canyon to the famous Cruz del Condor viewpoint, natural thermal pools, and rural villages—all on an all-inclusive tour with lodging, meals, and entrance fees.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Duration: 3 days
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12-Day Adventure in the Southern Circuit from Lima

An opportunity to discover the wonders Peru has to offer on bus tour through its coast and highlands; our travel companions? the ocean's breeze, the silent of the desert and the tall mountains home to one of the biggest empires of the continent.
  • Duration: 12 days
  • Duration: 12 days
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3-Day Colca Canyon Trekking from Arequipa

Journey to southern Peru and take this 3-day tour and trek to Colca Canyon. Explore the second deepest canyon in the world and get a close look at the local animals, such as the llama and the Andean Condor, in their natural environment. All meals are included throughout the tour as well as a homestay with a local family on this immersive tour.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Duration: 3 days
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colca 2D-1N experience

The Colca Full Day is an experience to contemplate the majestic formation of the Colca Valley, its natural attributes, from its viewpoints, thermal waters, fauna, small towns and colonial churches." It must be taken into account that the Colca Valley hosts the Colca Canyon. second deepest canyon in the world
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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2 days Colca Canyon tour from Arequipa

A journey to Peru is not complete without visiting Arequipa, the beautiful white city of Peru, and getting the chance to see the amazing condor soaring through the sky in its native habitat of Colca Canyon. Much of the architecture in Arequipa is made of a white volcanic stone, Sillar, hence its nickname of the white city. This gorgeous city combines tradition and modernity in peaceful harmony while providing the gateway to the tradition and breathtaking scenery of Colca Canyon.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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14-Day Highlights of Peruvian Andes Tour

This is a perfect tour for a tourist who appreciate the comfort of travelling in a small group and who wants to explore as much as possible in the Peruvian Andes. Take your time to enjoy the top spots of South Peru. Journey to the Sacred Valley and enjoy the wonder and mystique of Machu Picchu. Visit the largest lake in South America and experience life on an island with locals. Gaze down one of the deepest Canyons in the world and enjoy Arequipa, one of the most beautiful colonial city in South America!
  • Duration: 14 days
  • Duration: 14 days
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13 Day Roadtrip Southern Route of Peru

Lima, Nasca, Cusco, Lake Titikaka and Arequipa, in a general outline are the main sites to drive through in the Southern Route of Peru. It can be done all in a roundtrip or by sections choosing different combinations depending on starting point or interests. It should be emphasized that our headquarters are in Lima, so a one-way-fee is considered if the Campervan is dropped off or starts at a different location. Along the routes we provide the correspondent tips and travel recommendations we have been able to recognise ourselves, always thinking on our client’s safety, interests and comfort. GPS with saved waypoints is provided and the directions on the route to reach well located and safe spots to stay the night. Also, we offer the organization of activities related to adventure, nature, archaeology, rural tourism and other tours corresponding to each stop point of the route.
  • Duration: 13 days
  • Duration: 13 days
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11-Day Semi-Private Tour: Cusco, Machu Picchu, Lake Titcaca and Colca Canyon

Experience some of the best destinations of Peru in this 11-day long tour package. Visit the Incan Empire where you and your tour guide will go through a journey to the Capital of the Incas - Cusco where you will visit its most popular archaeological sites in the city and in the Sacred Valley as well as the most spectacular sites created by the nature of Peru and the temple of the Sun "Qorikancha in Cusco". The journey will take you to the Lost City of the Incas - Machu Picchu which is one of the 7 wonder of the world. From Cusco you will travel to the biggest, deepest and highest lake in the world - Lake Titicaca where you will visit its Uros and Taquile floating Islands and see how the native people lives. From Lake Titicaca you will visit one of the deepest canyons in the world - Colca Canyon which is also the home to the majestic bird - The Condor. At last you will visit "The White City" Arequipa and the beautiful Monastery of Santa Catalina.
  • Duration: 11 days
  • Duration: 11 days
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Bus from Puno to Chivay

Head to the city of Chivay on a bus tour from Puno. This one-way transfer stops at the Lagunillas Lake, Las Vicunas National Park, and a viewpoint to observe the Patapampa volcano along the way. Enjoy informative commentary about each place and relax on the comfortable coach as you make your way to the entrance of the Colca Canyon at Chivay.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Colca Full Day

The Colca Full Day is an experience to contemplate the majestic formation of the Colca Valley, its natural attributes, from its viewpoints, hot springs, fauna, small towns and colonial churches. It must be taken into account that, the Colca Valley hosts the second deepest canyon in the world.
  • Duration: 14 hours
  • Duration: 14 hours
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3-Day Hike to Colca Canyon from Arequipa

Immerse yourself in beautiful outdoor scenery and local Andean culture during this laid-back 3-day, 2-night trek through the famous Colca Canyon heading to Arequipa. Follow your local guide as you explore local villages, soak in hot springs, and spot for the majestic Andean condors, all set among the dramatic scenery of the area’s stunning canyon landscape. Each day will include around four hours of hiking, plus plenty of time for relaxing too. Your Colca Canyon hike also includes two nights of accommodations, entrance fees, meals as per the itinerary and round-trip hotel transport.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Duration: 3 days
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Private 2-Day Colca Canyon Tour from Arequipa to Puno

Enjoy Peru’s amazing scenery and fascinating wildlife during this private overnight trip from Arequipa to Puno with a stay in a luxury lodge. Travel by private van to Yanque through the stunning landscape of the Pampa Cañahuas Reserve, spotting wildlife like alpacas, flamingoes and ibises, along with nearby volcanoes. Continue the next day through the Colca Canyon, stopping to admire giant Andean Condors at the Mirador Cruz del Condor before heading to Puno in the afternoon.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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