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Colca Canyon (Canon del Colca)
Colca Canyon (Canon del Colca)

Colca Canyon (Canon del Colca)

Free admission
Plaza de Armas, Arequipa, Peru

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.

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Colca Full Day Tour
Colca Full Day Tour
star-4.5
$38.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great trip in the Colca...
Great trip in the Colca valley! Includes several activities to choose from (short hike at the edge of the canyon, watching condors, hot springs, atv tour, horseback riding, ziplining), as well as seeing alpacas in the wild. Keep in mind high altitude, most happens at 3300-3700m, however there is a crossing at 4900m+, plan accordingly (acclimatization, coca leaves, altitude medicine).
Corneliu_M, Apr 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Arequipa

star-4
Good value for money
Chris_B, Jun 2022
Colca Full Day Tour
Gustavo was an excellent and attentive guide. The itinerary was a full day with a 3am start. Those wishing for longer than an hour with the condors at Colca Canyon may benefit from other tours that give more time there. The day felt like good value for money.
star-5
Great trip including transfer.
Caro_C, Jun 2022
Full day tour including transfer to Puno / Colca Canyon
All went well, they picked us up punctually and everything was well organized. We had a great tour guide and also the change to the connecting bus worked great. Everyone was super friendly and we could also arrange everything upfront via WhatsApp.
star-5
Fun weekend
Samy_A, Jun 2022
Colca Canyon: 2 Day Tour from Arequipa
Had a great time. The tour guide is really nice, the bus is comfortable, and the activities are diverse & interesting.
star-5
Amazing but tough trek, fantastic guide
Miles_G, May 2022
2 day 1 night trek / Colca Canyon
I debated between the 3d and 2d and ended up choosing this one. I’m very glad I did. The 2d covers everything that the 3d does but in less time (more hiking on first day). The views were spectacular, but I want to emphasize that the hiking was TOUGH at times, especially on the second day. Try to do an acclimatization hike in Arequipa first. Our guide, Angie, was the best, and you could tell that she was truly passionate about her job.
star-5
Trip to Puno
Monica_B, May 2022
Full day tour including transfer to Puno / Colca Canyon
It was nice trip we saw few condors, the hot springs were awesome, and we saw alot of vicunas, alpacas and lamas on the way to Puno
star-5
Fantastic experience and Jose is a great guide
Marcos_T, Mar 2022
2 day 1 night trek / Colca Canyon
It was a fantastic experience. The guide Jose was amazing, a special human being full of knowledge from the area. The hotel in the Oasis is great. The only think that could improve is the agency communication by email, because they haven't answered any of my emails, so I had to visit their place in order to change my pick-up address and clarify my questions.
star-5
Very nice experience
Valerie_B, Mar 2022
Colca Full Day Tour
We really liked our day at the colca canyon. We stopped at multiple view points and small towns. Our guide Nelson had a lot of knowledge, we learned so much! He also worked very hard with the driver so we could see condors even though we were not in the best season and it was very cloudy at the condor's cross (and it worked!). Thank you for this experience.
star-5
Great Experience
Drsue1951, Jan 2020
Colca Canyon: 2 Day Tour from Arequipa
Enjoyed the tour very much. 10 passenger van, very clean. Our guide spoke English, he was knowledgeable about the area and history. Overnight accommodations were charming and comfortable. We spotted several Condors, alpacas and other wildlife. Highly recommend!!
star-4
Room for improvements.
JensPeter_O, Aug 2022
Colca Canyon Sightseeing Tour 2-Day 1-Night
Beautiful Condors and mountain views. The trip started in Arequipa and the agency picked us up in the morning and we had a long drive where we got to see many vicuñas and alpacas. That was really interesting. Next stop was at a cafe where we had bathrooms. After that we drove to the highest point of the trip and got an amazing view over the mountains with the active vulcano. Later we came down to Chiway for lunch. That was not even a fair lunch - it was a bad lunch. The meat was not eatable, when we came as the last group there was hardly any food left and the kitchen was so slow filling up the buffet that we didn't get the chance to try many of the things. Later we were dropped off at the hotel - early in the afternoon and left for ourselves until the next morning. We got to see the town but as we were the only two in the group to stay at this hotel, we didn't get talk with any of the others. The next morning we drove off to see the condors. And we got to see many of them !!! Highlight of the trip - we got the view point and the guide gave us 40 min. to look at them ????? Two day trip to see the condors and we got 40 min. After that we had lot of time to stop in 4 other places to look at souvenirs ???? Time we could have used at the viewpoint. And then we drove back to Arequipa. The views and the condors was really interesting. For that I give the stars. All those stops to look at souvenirs are a waste of time. Afternoon and night should have been arranged better so we got to learn the others more - why else book a tour with others? So many things to improve. Good service by the agency and a guide that knew much. Bad lunch (really bad), cold hotel,
star-5
Wonderful tour!!
David_H, Feb 2022
Colca Canyon Excursion One Day
This tour was so great! Our tour guide was originally from the Colca canyon area and was so knowledgeable. The small pueblos were Beautiful. We saw condors even though it was the rainy season. We bathed in the hot baths. Highly recommended.
star-5
Do it
Michelle_M, Dec 2021
2 Day Colca Canyon, Vicuna Reserve and Condors from Arequipa
This was a wonderful excursion, and Ruth was a fabulous guide. We were lucky to see different wildlife on our trip: vicunas, flamingos, mountain parakeets, condors, and more. Ruth knew that I liked birds so she made a special effort to point out different varieties to me. We were lucky to see several condors at Cruz del Condor viewpoint. We also had a great tour group that made the excursion extra fun. The Colca Valley and Canyon are beautiful and peaceful. You should do this trip!
star-5
The tour guide was very...
Bruce_B, Sep 2021
2 Day Colca Canyon, Vicuna Reserve and Condors from Arequipa
The tour guide was very attentive and went out of his way to answer questions. BEWARE the web site does not specify where to rent the hotel and I ended up paying for two bookings.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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