Colca canyon is the major attraction of the Department of Arequipa and also one of the most important in Peru. It can be divided in two parts: between Chivay and Pinchollo, Colca is a wide, fertile and populated valley, characterized by scenic terrace cultures and picturesque Indian villages. Further downstream, the valley narrows to transform into a deep, steep-sided canyon, which can be observed around Cabanaconde. There are essentially 2 types of tours: bus tours in which the canyon is seen from above, from some spectacular viewpoints, and treks in which one hikes down to the bottom of the canyon from Cabanaconde
Below we present a few possibilities of organized tours. We also provide useful information for people who wish to go on their own, including a map of the main paths in the canyon with walking times and bus schedule between Arequipa and Colca

The easiest way to visit Colca canyon is to take the classical, 2-day group tour. Compared to private tours described later, the group tour has the big advantage of a very accessible price, reason for which most tourists take it.

Day 01. Arequipa - National Reserve - Chivay
07:30 We pick you up from your hotel in Arequipa by our touristic bus (generally a small van but it can be a larger bus in high season) that picks you up at the hotel, and then go to Chivay in the Colca valley. This is an approximate 4-hour drive, that passes on the Altiplano (highlands) where you stop several times to see the local animals (lamas, alpacas, vicuñas). You pass at a maximum height of 4900 m (about 16,000 feet). You arrive at Chivay for lunch, there are small restaurants there (meals are not included in the trip, but it's quite cheap there).  which help to acclimatize to altitude (Chivay is at 3500 m above sea level). You can also go and have a thermal bath in hot-spring pools. You sleep in your hotel in Chivay. 

Day 02. Chivay - Colca Canyon viewpoint - Condor Cross - Villages - Arequipa
Next morning, you wake up soon, have breakfast and then go with the same bus and the same group of people to the Mirador de la Cruz del Cóndor (about 1.5 hour drive). This is a Natural Park where you have a very beautiful view on the Colca Canyon. At this place the river is more than 1000 m under your feet and, in front of you, you see escarpments more than 2500 m high. This is also the place where you'll be able to observe several flying condors, sometimes passing very close to you (up to a few meters). You then go back to Chivay, passing and making a few stops in some small villages in the valley, have lunch in Chivay and go back to Arequipa, where you arrive at 16:30 and the tour will finish 2 blocks from the plaza de Armas.

The package included:   Tourist transport by group, bilingual tour guide, breakfast and hotel or hostel.

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Day 01. Arequipa -  National  Reserve - Yanque
Between 07:30 – 8:30 a.m. Pick you up at your Hotel and departure from Arequipa ( 2325 m.a.s.l) towards north west direcction behind snow-covered Chachani; we see wild vicuñas, alpacas & llamas in Pampa Cañahuas national reserve, some birds like flamingoes, ibis, andean gooze, ducks, andean eagle "Kara Kara" view point of the Volcanoes and snow covered mountains in Patapampa (4,800 m.a.s.l). Arrive in Chivay (3600 m.a.s.l), capital of the valley. Then we continue to Yanque town it is 15 minutes driving from Chivay. There is our hostel o hotel. This village is quiet, less touristic than Chivay there are tourist attractions like ruins, pre incan terraces and of course our NATURE HOT SPRING. At 15:00 we are going to star a hiking with local guide to visit countryside ruins terracesand the hot spring the hiking is for 2 hours. In the afternoon dinner and Overnight in Yanque Village.

Day 02. Yanque - Cross of condor viewpoint  - Arequipa 
Early morning after breakfast (06:00) leave for a full day excursion in the left shore, beautiful typical towns, like Yanque & Maca, colonial churches, gently people with typical needlework dresses, hundreds of pre inca terraces still in use with Andean growings like corn, quinua, kiwicha among others. After a 2 hrs driving we get the most visited point “the cross of the condor” here we are able to see the depth of the canyon and the flight of the Condor.
After lunch return to Arequipa and the tour will finish  2 block from the main square in Arequipa at 16:30.

The package included: Tourist transport, bilingual tour guia, breakfast, hotel/hostel, hiking with local guide.

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