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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.
Address: Arequipa, Peru
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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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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 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
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US$64.00
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US$64.00

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
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US$87.18
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US$87.18

Colca Full Day Tour

Colca Full Day Tour

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The Colca Canyon is the deepest in the world and truly an incredible site. This tour is a great escape from the city and gives travelers the opportunity to experience Andean culture. Below is a general outline of our full day tour. · You will be picked up from your hotel or hostel between 3:00am and 3:30am and drive north to Chivay where you will eat a simple breakfast. · We then head west to the Condor Cross located on the rim of the Colca Canyon. You will have one hour to enjoy the views and look for condors. · We will make our way back towards Chivay making stops at Antawilke to see pre-Incan terraces, a small colonial town called Maca, and the Yanque hotsprings to bathe in the hot pools for one hour. · Upon arriving to Chivay we will stop at a local restaurant to eat a buffet lunch. · We then head back towards Arequipa making two final stops along the way at Patapama and the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve. · You will be dropped off back at your hotel around 5:30pm.
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  • 13 to 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$41.03
Price varies by group size
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US$41.03
Price varies by group size

Colca Canyon 2-Day Tour

Colca Canyon 2-Day Tour

We will take you to one of the deepest and biggest canyons in the world. The Colca Canyon is deeper than the Grand Canyon! The area surrounding the Canyon is famed for its traditional and colorful towns which you will pass through along the way. In the Canyon you can find over 100 kinds of birds, over 300 types of plants and more than 30 types of cactus. The highest point of the Canyon is Ampato at 6388 meters above sea level. These snow-capped peaks form an impressive backdrop to the Canyon. The Andean Condor Bird can weigh up to 12 kg with a wingspan of over 3 metres! The CRUZ DE CONDOR viewpoint is famed as the best place in South America to see the Andean Condor in flight.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$86.00
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US$86.00
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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
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US$76.93
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US$76.93

Colca Canyon Tour 2 Days

Colca Canyon Tour 2 Days

Enjoy a Classic 2 days Colca Canyon tour with an english and spanish speaking guide. This tour is ideal for travelers with who don't love trekking activities
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$38.00
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US$38.00

Full Day Trip to Colca Canyon from Arequipa

Full Day Trip to Colca Canyon from Arequipa

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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.
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  • 16 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$35.00
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US$35.00
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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
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US$40.00
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US$40.00

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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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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3-Day Custom Colca Canyon Trek from Arequipa

3-Day Custom Colca Canyon Trek from Arequipa

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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.
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  • 3 days
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US$360.00
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US$360.00

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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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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COLCA 2dias PUNO - COMFORT

COLCA 2dias PUNO - COMFORT

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Travelers must be accompanied by a guide because they will have additional information as they are knowledgeable about the area and also because the law says so.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$97.44
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US$97.44

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
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US$112.83
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US$112.83

Arequipa and Colca Canyon 02 Days - 01 Night

Arequipa and Colca Canyon 02 Days - 01 Night

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.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$77.00
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US$77.00

3 day trek including transfer to Puno / Colca Canyon

3 day trek including transfer to Puno / 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. The third day after the Hot Springs we will take you straight by bus 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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  • 3 days
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US$128.21
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US$128.21

2-Day Custom Colca Canyon Trek from Arequipa

2-Day Custom Colca Canyon Trek from Arequipa

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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.
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  • 2 days
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US$320.00
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US$320.00

Colca Canyon Sightseeing Tour 2-Day 1-Night

Colca Canyon Sightseeing Tour 2-Day 1-Night

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Visit the Colca Canyon in two days and enjoy one of the most breathtaking views in the world, as well as the unique flora and fauna.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$75.00
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US$75.00
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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

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

3-Day Backpacker Colca Canyon Trek from Arequipa

3-Day Backpacker Colca Canyon Trek from Arequipa

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Experience Peru’s equivalent to the Grand Canyon on a 3-day trek to the Colca Canyon from Arequipa. On arrival in the town of Cabanaconde, you’ll hike past rugged rock formations to local village, San Juan de Chuccho, to spend the night. The following day, after a scenic hike to the canyon’s deepest point, you’ll be rewarded with the beauty of Oasis Sangalle and the facilities of luxurious hotel, Oasis de las Palmeras. The next day, soothe aching muscles in the hot springs of Chivay before returning to Arequipa.
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  • 3 days
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US$220.00
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