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Chivay
Surrounded by agricultural landscapes and rolling mountains and home to the charming Our Lady of Assumption church, Chivay is best-known as the gateway to Arequipa’s spectacular Colca Canyon (Cañón del Colca). A plethora of shops selling high-quality alpaca handicrafts make it a great place for souvenir shopping, too.

The Basics

Travelers can arrange to spend the night in Chivay independently or visit the town as part of a 2-day tour from Arequipa, which allows you to skip the stress of arranging accommodation and transport. Multi-day tours typically include a lengthy stop at Colca Canyon—a natural formation almost twice as deep as the Grand Canyon—and ample time to explore Chivay. Other ways of visiting include a hassle-free transfer service from Puno, which stops at Lagunillas Lake and Las Vicunas National Park.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Due to its natural setting and slow pace, Chivay provides a relaxing break from the crowds of the Historic Center of Arequipa.
  • La Calera hot springs, located just 10 minutes from Chivay by car, are a great place to unwind after exploring the Colca Canyon.
  • The cafés that surround the main square are ideal for admiring mountain scenery and observing locals in traditional dress. 

How to Get There
Chivay is located 100 miles (60 kilometers) outside of Arequipa and, depending on traffic, takes around three hours to reach by car.

When to Get There
The rainy season in this part of Peru ends in March, and Colca Canyon’s Andean condors are easiest to spot between March and June, making this the ideal time to visit Chivay and the Colca Canyon. From June through September, the dry season continues, but nighttime temperatures can dip below freezing.

Exploring the Colca Canyon

The Colca Canyon is paradise for lovers of adventure and the outdoors. But you don’t have to be at peak physical fitness to enjoy the natural landscape. Travelers can choose between visiting the canyon on a day trip; hiking through the Andes mountain range on a 3-day trek; or sitting back and watching condors glide over the canyon on a bird-watching trip.
Address: Chivay, Peru
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Bus from Puno to Chivay with stopsBus Services

Bus from Puno to Chivay with stops

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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.
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Colca Valley Overnight from Arequipa: Colca Canyon, Vicuna Reserve and CondorsOvernight Tours

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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