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.
Take a full-day trip to Peru's Colca Canyon from Arequipa
Admire the beautiful Andean condors as they float above the 'Condor's Cross'
Gaze into the depths of Colca Canyon, one of the world's deepest gorges
Discover traditional towns like Maca and Yanque, populated by local women in typical needlework dresses
Take your Peru trip to new heights by crossing the 16,000-foot (4900-meter) Patapampa pass
this tour was okay. We were picked up at 3am and wasted over an hour picking other people up. the driver and guide were okay. We didnt really get to stay at the cross of the condor more than 45 minutes. the buffet was no good and cost 30 soles. it was extremely cramped and stuffy in that minivan but they did not turn on the AC. there are so many tours to colca canyon from arequipa. I would recommend just booking it through your hotel to save money only 60-70 soles for the same experience.
I would highly recommend visiting Colca Canyon and seeing the condors. If possible, however, I would recommend looking for a tour group other than this one. The guide does not really provide more than transport between the sites. He also tried to keep us on a pretty strict timeline. Unfortunately this meant we only had 40 minutes at the condor viewing point. Given that this was sort of the point of the trip, 40 minutes was very short. The guide also yelled at most of the tour group when we took longer than 40 minutes. After the condors we went to spend an hour at a hot springs. There was not really much to do at the hot springs and, given that we were only given 40 minutes at the condor viewing point, an hour seemed a little excessive to spend at the hotsprings. When we returned to Arequipa the bus driver just dropped us off in the middle of the city. Not that I minded the walk back to the hotel, but the description promises drop off at your hotel and it was sort of obnoxious overhearing the busdriver and the guide discussing how it would be a pain to drop each of us off at our hotels. . Again, however, the canyon and the condors were amazing and a sight I will never forget. Those are highly recommended just maybe with a different tour group.
We were picked up on time shortly after 3 AM and our driver was amazing - 13 hours on crazy busy highways! Our tour guide was just OK. He gave us the basic information and shepherded us on and off the van at least 15 times through the day for shopping and beautiful vistas. We felt he took us to locals so we could buy their items and that was OK for me. I was disappointed that he had no personal touch with anyone in the group, we stayed strangers all day, whereas other guides on other tours went out of their way to break the ice and keep us friendly. Our guide simply went over his script, with no extra knowledge of the geology or cultural info of the area. He didn't answer my questions about the archaeology of the area. We were a little disappointed. It is cold so bring layers to put on and off as the day progresses. I had altitude sickness with the highest point being almost 5 km above sea level. Overall it was worth doing.