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Arequipa—the white city of Peru—makes an excellent base from which to explore the great outdoors. With easy access to volcanoes and the Andes Mountains, the region affords travelers numerous possibilities for adventure. Here are some of the best outdoor activities to enjoy during your stay in Arequipa.

Hiking
Trekking possibilities are plentiful in the Arequipa region, the most popular being Colca Canyon. At 13,650 feet (4,160 meters) deep, it’s one of the deepest canyons in the world and the third most popular attraction in Peru. Choose between a day hike or a multi-day trek through the majestic scenery of the canyon.

Horseback Riding
A fun and traditional way to experience the countryside surrounding the city of Arequipa is on horseback. From the village of Yanque, saddle up and head out to see the Colca Valley, Uyo Uyo Ruins, and a local hot springs.

Wildlife Watching
Peru enjoys some of the greatest biodiversity in the planet, and the Arequipa region provides some rather unique wildlife viewing opportunities. The famous Colca Canyon is home to the giant Andean condor, and the Cruz del Condor overlook is one of the best places in South America to see these enormous birds in flight. The National Reserve of Pampa Cañahu provides a habitat for wild alpacas, llamas, vicunas, and a host of birds, while a visit to Salinas Lake might reveal even more native wildlife.

Volcano Climbing
Arequipa is surrounded by three volcanoes, the most impressive of which is El Misti. While the climb to the top is not technically difficult, the high altitude makes it challenging. But if you make the trek, you’ll enjoy 360-degree views of the city of Arequipa and the Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve. On a clear day, it’s possible to see the Pacific Ocean in the distance.
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2 day 1 night trek / Colca Canyon

2 day 1 night trek / Colca Canyon

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Come and enjoy an impressive 2 day trek through one of the deepest canyons in the world. Our guide will show you all the beauties of the valley such as huge birds, beautiful alpacas and vicuñas and more than 79 different types of cactus. Our tour starts very early to be able to arrive on time at the Condor's Cross and watch the condors flying over our heads and follow our route to Cabanaconde from where our adventure begins. Do not miss it and book now. It will be an unforgettable experience!
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  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$64.00
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US$64.00
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Full day tour / Colca Canyon

Full day tour / Colca Canyon

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Come and enjoy an impressive Full day tour through one of the deepest canyons in the world. Disconnect at least one day from the city and fully enjoy the nature that surrounds this valley. Our guide will show you all the beauties such as the huge birds, beautiful alpacas and vicuñas and more than 79 different types of cactus. Our tour starts very early to be able to arrive on time at the Condor's Cross and watch the condors flying over our heads, follow our route to different tiny towns and of course visit the relaxing hot springs.
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  • 14 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$40.00
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US$40.00
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Trekking, Waterfalls and Thermal Baths

Trekking, Waterfalls and Thermal Baths

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This is a unique experience for travelers looking to know a little explored space during their trip. In this tour you will not find a massive amount of tourists and you can make a very fun and easy trekking in the middle of a unique canyon in Arequipa. They can also combine the experience of a beautiful trekking, culture and thermal baths
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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US$65.00
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US$65.00

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Full day tour including transfer to Puno / Colca Canyon

Full day tour including transfer to Puno / Colca Canyon

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Come and enjoy an impressive Full day tour through one of the deepest canyons in the world. Disconnect at least one day from the city and fully enjoy the nature that surrounds this valley. Our guide will show you all the beauties such as the huge birds, beautiful alpacas and vicuñas and more than 79 different types of cactus. Our tour starts very early to be able to arrive on time at the Condor's Cross and watch the condors flying over our heads, follow our route to different tiny towns and of course visit the relaxing hot springs. After lunch in Chivay we will take you by bus straight to Puno where you will be drop off at your hotel if it's in the center of the city. Do not miss it and book now. It will be an unforgettable experience!
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  • 14 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$87.18
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US$87.18
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Colca Valley Overnight from Arequipa: Colca Canyon, Vicuna Reserve and Condors

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

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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.
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  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$210.80
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US$210.80
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Sillar Route half Day in Arequipa

Sillar Route half Day in Arequipa

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The ashlar is the origin of the architecture of the White City and its tourist route is developed in the district of Cerro Colorado. In addition to the natural landscapes of the area, you can observe the process of extraction, styling and megatallado of the ashlar. It has the necessary infrastructure and tourist services such as interpretation workshops, with the presence of sillar cutters; information panel areas; tourist signage; parking lot; Purchase of handicrafts in sillar and rest areas. The sillar route is managed by the Sillar Cutters Network - Arequipa. It currently comprises a length of 2,000 meters, covering the quarries in operation of Añashuayco, Cortadores and the virgin quarry of Culebrillas.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$15.39
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US$15.39

Overnight Tour: Colca Canyon Including Horse Riding from Arequipa

Overnight Tour: Colca Canyon Including Horse Riding from Arequipa

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Discover the world’s second deepest canyon, the Colca Canyon, on an overnight trip from Arequipa. Stop at traditional villages in the Colca Valley to get to know the people and their culture. Learn about the flora and fauna of the Andes, including the giant Andean condor, go horseback riding in the countryside and take in the views of the mountains and scenery.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$115.39
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US$115.39
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2-Day Group Tour to Colca Canyon from Arequipa

2-Day Group Tour to Colca Canyon from Arequipa

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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.
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  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$210.26
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US$210.26
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Colca Canyon: 2 Day Tour from Arequipa

Colca Canyon: 2 Day Tour from Arequipa

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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.
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  • 2 days
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US$183.00
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US$183.00

2 day trek including transfer to Puno / Colca Canyon

2 day trek including transfer to Puno / Colca Canyon

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Come and enjoy an impressive 2 day trek through one of the deepest canyons in the world. Our guide will show you all the beauties of the valley such as huge birds, beautiful alpacas and vicuñas and more than 79 different types of cactus. Our tour starts very early to be able to arrive on time at the Condor's Cross and watch the condors flying over our heads and follow our route to Cabanaconde from where our adventure begins. The second day after the Hot Springs we take you by bus straight to Puno and drop you off in your hotel if it's in the center of the city. Do not miss it and book now. It will be an unforgettable experience!
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  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$112.83
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US$112.83
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3-Day Colca Canyon Trekking from Arequipa

3-Day Colca Canyon Trekking from Arequipa

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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.
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  • 3 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$192.31
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US$192.31
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Colca Canyon Trekking - 3 Days

Colca Canyon Trekking - 3 Days

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You can enjoy the beauty of Colca while walking this ancient trails This trek is designed for those craving adventure but with moderate experience on trekking. Walking time is around 3 hours per day.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$244.11
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US$244.11

Colca Canyon Trek 3 Day 2 Night

Colca Canyon Trek 3 Day 2 Night

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THIS TOUR IS THE MOST COMPLETE, IF YOU HAVE THREE DAYS, IN THIS TOUR YOU WILL APPRECIATE THE CULTURAL PART AND THE NATURAL PART OF THE COLCA, IT IS RECOMMENDED FOR ADVENTURE PEOPLE WHO LIKE TO WALK. OUR GUIDES HAVE A LOT OF EXPERIENCE. OUR GUIDES: FABIAN GUSTAVO CLEVER GEORGE FRANK CHARLES RAFAEL CEASE LUIGUI
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$95.30
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US$95.30

Rock Climbing, Volcanoes and Typical Desserts

Rock Climbing, Volcanoes and Typical Desserts

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It will be a climbing day on the banks of the Chili River in the Chilina Valley. It doesn't matter if it's your first time climbing or if you have already practiced this sport a lot, the place we go to is great for beginners and experts. Charcani is an ideal area for sports and relaxation located at the foot of the Chili River and next to the Sanctuary of the Virgen de Chapi, patron of Arequipa; ensuring a perfect environment to enjoy an excellent day adventure.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$56.42
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US$56.42

2 day 1 night trek / Colca Canyon

2 day 1 night trek / Colca Canyon

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THIS TOUR IS THE MOST COMPLETE, IF YOU DON'T HAVE A LONG TIME, IN THIS TOUR YOU WILL APPRECIATE THE CULTURAL PART AND THE NATURAL PART OF COLCA, IT IS RECOMMENDED FOR ADVENTURE PEOPLE WHO LIKE TO WALK AND TANK EXPERIENCE. OUR GUIDES HAVE A LOT OF EXPERIENCE. OUR GUIDES: FABIAN FERNANDO GUSTAVO CLEVER JORGE FRANK CHARLES RAFAEL CEASE
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$66.90
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US$66.90

Salinas lake (national reserve Salinas y Aguada Blanca) Private Tour

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Salinas lake (national reserve Salinas y Aguada Blanca) Private Tour

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The landscape, the flora and fauna is wonderful; but accompanied by a qualified guide, who knows the area and explains the secrets of this place, makes this experience unforgettable.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$68.90
US$98.44
US$29.54 savings
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3 day 2 night trek / Colca Canyon

3 day 2 night trek / Colca Canyon

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Come and enjoy an impressive 3 day trek through one of the deepest canyons in the world. Disconnect from the city and fully enjoy the nature that surrounds this valley. Our guide will show you all the beauties such as the huge birds, beautiful alpacas and vicuñas and more than 79 different types of cactus. Our tour starts very early to be able to arrive on time at the Condor's Cross and watch the condors flying over our heads and follow our route to Cabanaconde from where our adventure begins. Do not miss it and book now. It will be an unforgettable experience!
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  • 3 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$76.93
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US$76.93
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Rafting Río Chili

Rafting Río Chili

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No prior rafting experience is necessary to enjoy running Class II to IV rapids on this Rio Chili tour from Arequipa. Go over river safety and rafting basics, and then navigate roughly four miles (seven kilometers) or white water along with your guide. All gear is include, plus a snack and transportation, so you don't need to plan a thing for the perfect trip.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$32.00
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US$32.00

Colca Canyon Day Trip from Arequipa

Colca Canyon Day Trip from Arequipa

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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.
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$38.00
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US$38.00
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Pillones Waterfall and Stone Forest of Imata (exclusive)

Pillones Waterfall and Stone Forest of Imata (exclusive)

Escape the city and get off the beaten path on a tour that reveals two of Peru’s lesser-known—but no less spectacular—natural attractions on a day trip from Arequipa. Designed for visitors who have already explored the Historic Centre of Arequipa, this tour takes you to Pillones Falls and the Stone Forest of Imata, geological wonders formed thousands of years ago.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$112.00
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US$112.00

Mountain activity climbing the Misti Volcano, by the easy route, Aguada Blanca

Mountain activity climbing the Misti Volcano, by the easy route, Aguada Blanca

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This is a beautiful experience, in the volcanoes of Southern Peru; We climb the Misti Volcano on the north route of Aguada Blanca, there is easier to climb, so we ensure a nice experience, with our Mountain Guides with UIAGM certification and their official credentials. Our vehicles are suitable and equipped to take them to the base of the mountain. This is a recommended experience.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$184.62
Price varies by group size
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US$184.62
Price varies by group size

Route of the Sillar, Valley and Volcanoes

Route of the Sillar, Valley and Volcanoes

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Route of the Sillar, Viewpoints of the Valley and Volcanoes We enter in the middle of huge volcanic stone farellones 30 meters high carved "to combo and chisel", colonial facades and carvings. Here we will have an illustrious moment with the master stonecutters, known as "cutters". They will reveal their live work techniques so that later we can do it with our own hands. We will see giant block falls and the wonderful experience of watching small blocks of ashlar made using ancestral instruments used from generation to generation. Heading to the Mirador de Carmen Alto !!! We will visit the traditional and unmissable viewpoints of Arequipa, Mirador de Carmen Alto to appreciate the Chilina Valley and our 3 volcanoes, Chachani, Misti and Pichupichu. The second viewpoint is in Yanahuara. Here we will eat rich traditional desserts and buy unique handmade souvenirs in the square.
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  • 4 hours
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US$46.16
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US$46.16

4-Days Tour to Cotahuasi Canyon in Arequipa

4-Days Tour to Cotahuasi Canyon in Arequipa

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Delight in the natural splendor of the Cotahuasi Canyon on a 3-day trip from Arequipa. Soothe aching muscles in the medicinal waters of Luicho, marvel at the pre-Inca hanging tombs of Huaña, and absorb the provincial charm of rural towns like Taurisma and Quechualla. Spend your evenings in comfortable accommodation hosted by a local family and receive all meals and round-trip transport free of charge.
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  • 4 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$611.93
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US$611.93
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2-Day Backpacker Colca Canyon Trek from Arequipa

2-Day Backpacker Colca Canyon Trek from Arequipa

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Home to rugged terrain, soaring cliffs, and native wildlife, the Colca Canyon offers some of the finest hiking routes in Peru—but exploring the world’s deepest canyon without a guide is dangerous. On this 2-day guided backpacking tour, trek through the Colca Canyon with some meals and overnight accommodation included, and engage with traditional local communities. Along the way, enjoy panoramic views over the Peruvian countryside.
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  • 2 days
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US$180.00
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US$180.00

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