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Arequipa—the white city of Peru—makes an excellent base from which to explore the great outdoors. With easy access to volcanoes and the Andes Mountains, the region affords travelers numerous possibilities for adventure. Here are some of the best outdoor activities to enjoy during your stay in Arequipa.

Hiking
Trekking possibilities are plentiful in the Arequipa region, the most popular being Colca Canyon. At 13,650 feet (4,160 meters) deep, it’s one of the deepest canyons in the world and the third most popular attraction in Peru. Choose between a day hike or a multi-day trek through the majestic scenery of the canyon.

Horseback Riding
A fun and traditional way to experience the countryside surrounding the city of Arequipa is on horseback. From the village of Yanque, saddle up and head out to see the Colca Valley, Uyo Uyo Ruins, and a local hot springs.

Wildlife Watching
Peru enjoys some of the greatest biodiversity in the planet, and the Arequipa region provides some rather unique wildlife viewing opportunities. The famous Colca Canyon is home to the giant Andean condor, and the Cruz del Condor overlook is one of the best places in South America to see these enormous birds in flight. The National Reserve of Pampa Cañahu provides a habitat for wild alpacas, llamas, vicunas, and a host of birds, while a visit to Salinas Lake might reveal even more native wildlife.

Volcano Climbing
Arequipa is surrounded by three volcanoes, the most impressive of which is El Misti. While the climb to the top is not technically difficult, the high altitude makes it challenging. But if you make the trek, you’ll enjoy 360-degree views of the city of Arequipa and the Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve. On a clear day, it’s possible to see the Pacific Ocean in the distance.
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Full day tour / Colca Canyon

Full day tour / Colca Canyon

star-4.5
38
  • 14 hours
  • Taking safety measures
From
$40.00
From
$40.00
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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* A traveler said: "Our guide was very informative and helpful. Keep in mind this is a one day experience and they pack alot in. If you want more time I suggest doing a two-three day experience. The bus was very comfortable as well!"


Colca Full Day Tour

Colca Full Day Tour

star-4.5
60
  • 13 to 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$38.00
From
$38.00
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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* A traveler said: "Pedro was a fantastic guide! He and Eduardo (our driver) made sure that we had a comfortable and enjoyable time. Although we got a little stuck in the mud in the morning (there was a freak accident on the highway that we tried to circumvent off-road), they ensured that we made up for lost time. We even got to see some condors in flight, which was a real highlight. Well worth the money and the early morning!"


Fullday Colca Canyon tour from Arequipa

Fullday Colca Canyon tour from Arequipa

star-3.5
12
  • 16 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$86.00
From
$86.00
Spend the day watching condors glide over the Colca Canyon on a full-day trip from Arequipa, a great choice for nature lovers and first-time visitors. Observe condors and absorb panoramic views of the Colca Canyon from La Cruz del Condor lookout point, and opt to soak your muscles in the hot springs of La Calera in the afternoon. Plus, go bird watching in Pampa Cañahuas.
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* A traveler said: "The tour started too early 3:00 AM sharp! but it ended at a very good time back in Arequipa City.|Everything was excellent. The tour, the guide, the driver, the breakfast and the lunch.|The Colca was everyting I expected.|The thermal baths are also highly recommended.|Thanks very much!!!|Juan Carlos"


rafting chili river

rafting chili river

star-5
11
  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$23.59
From
$23.59
It is an excellent adventure sport that is done very close to the center of the city, ideal to enjoy a beautiful green area of Arequipa.
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* A traveler said: "The 4 hour experience (hotel pick up, drove to river, and drive back to hotel) was fun and easy. The river is just enough fun to feel exhilarating but it is not scary at all if you are even remotely fit and active. Our guide 'Hunter' was great at instruction and everything felt safe and organized. The waterproof equipment means that you won't wet your own clothes.. they might be a bit smelly as they are used by all guests but if you can live with that you are golden! A great afternoon for $25 each!"


2 Day Colca Canyon, Vicuna Reserve and Condors from Arequipa

2 Day Colca Canyon, Vicuna Reserve and Condors from Arequipa

star-4.5
10
  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$242.00
From
$242.00
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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* A traveler said: "I highly recommend this trip.|Everything was on time. Jane has very good English and huge knowledge. She is extremely friendly and helpful. |Views are unbelievable! We were very lucky to see condors. Colca Canyon is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen."


A 3-hour Guided Food Tour with 5 Iconic Restaurants of Arequipa

A 3-hour Guided Food Tour with 5 Iconic Restaurants of Arequipa

star-5
50
  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$66.67
From
$66.67
We are the first foodie tour of Arequipa with experience guiding groups in Lima Peru. Our tour takes you to the most iconic restaurants of Arequipa to taste different plates while you also get to know the history of what you are eating. We tell you the story of Peru and Arequipa through its food and drinks. You get all this for a very affordable price, that includes all the food, 3 drinks and a dessert! We believe this to be a very good value for your money, as you will end the tour completely satisfied! After the tour, your guide will be happy to recommend chic and superb places to go enjoy some drinks, live music, or whatever tickles your fancy!
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2 day 1 night trek / Colca Canyon

2 day 1 night trek / Colca Canyon

star-4.5
58
  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures
From
$99.00
From
$99.00
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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* A traveler said: "We really enjoyed this 2-day trip to the Canon de Colca. The landscape was incredible and our tour guide, Eveline, was really competent and kind. She gave us some info and then let us free to enjoy this experience at our best supporting us in the hardes part of the treck. The tour was realised exactly as described (keep in mind that the place where you will spend the night is really basic) and we are happy to suggest it to those who wish to visit this amazing place."


Arequipa, Historic and Colonial City and Santa Catalina Monastery

Arequipa, Historic and Colonial City and Santa Catalina Monastery

star-4.5
18
  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$59.00
From
$59.00
Explore Arequipa's many historical sights and attractions on a half-day sightseeing tour of the city. A knowedgable and expert guide will take you via air-conditioned coah to spectacular viewpoints like the Mirador de Yanahuara, and lead you through some of Arequipa's most exquisite colonial districts—including Yanaahuara and St Lazarus. Visit the Monastery of St Catherine, which was closed to the public for almost 400 hundreds years.
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* A traveler said: "The guide was excellent, lively, interesting and spoke very good English. The tour was packed with information presented in a clear manner. The guide gave me another English translator for Santa Catalina so I had my own gilded tour for the Monastery. Overall, excellent."


Full day tour including transfer to Puno / Colca Canyon

Full day tour including transfer to Puno / Colca Canyon

star-5
8
  • 14 hours
  • Taking safety measures
From
$87.18
From
$87.18
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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Arequipa Airport Departure Transfer

Arequipa Airport Departure Transfer

star-5
2
  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$12.80
Price varies by group size
From
$12.80
Price varies by group size
Arrive on-time and stress-free for your airport departure with ground transfer service from your Arequipa hotel. A driver will pick you up at your lodging and transport you to Rodriguez Ballon International Airport in a shared, air-conditioned vehicle. Book this service anytime 24/7—simply reserve ahead.
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* A traveler said: "Went as scheduled, the company called my hotel the day before and left a message as to what time I would be picked up at. Got to the airport in plenty of time to catch my flight - smooth as silk!"


Peruvian cooking class + PiscoSour class + visit the local market *Whatsapp for more información
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$55.00
We care a lot about how you feel, have fun and really know the wonders that Arequipa and Peru have, our desire to take the best possible experience and we take care of that every day, with each group and with each experience carried out, Do your best and even more than what is normally included in the tour. We try to adapt both the MENU and the EXPERIENCE so that 100% of the attendees enjoy it
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* A traveler said: "This was a great way to be introduced to Arequipa! Diana and Patricio were wonderful hosts, and we felt like this was a true Peruvian cooking experience. Diana walked us to the local market first, where we got to taste and few things and see all of the vendors’ great produce and other foods and grocery items. Then we walked back to the house where we made ceviche and a beef dish that were both excellent! And they topped it all off with homemade pisco sours. Everything was delicious and Diana and Patricio were excellent. Highly recommend!"


Colca Canyon Excursion One Day

Colca Canyon Excursion One Day

  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$34.00
From
$34.00
Discover the dramatic beauty of the Colca Canyon on an exciting two-day tour from Arequipa. Explore a fascinating natural formation twice as deep as the Grand Canyon of the USA. With an experienced guide; Visit an intriguing wildlife reserve to find various species; and admire the beautiful colonial architecture of two highland towns. Walk on the base of a colossal volcano and admire the spectacular views of the impressive landscapes of Peru during this enriching experience. Transportation and two lunches are included in the price of the trip, however, accommodation must be purchased separately.
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Full Day Trip to Colca Canyon from Arequipa

Full Day Trip to Colca Canyon from Arequipa

star-3.5
23
  • 16 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$25.00
From
$25.00
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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* A traveler said: "Great trip with local history of the colca canyon and the local people with a few encounters of wildlife, and incredible landscapes"


2 day 1 night trek / Colca Canyon

2 day 1 night trek / Colca Canyon

star-4.5
179
  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
From
$66.66
From
$66.66
THIS TOUR IS THE MOST COMPLETE, IF YOU DON'T HAVE A LONG TIME, IN THIS TOUR YOU WILL APPRECIATE THE CULTURAL PART AND THE NATURAL PART OF COLCA, IT IS RECOMMENDED FOR ADVENTURE PEOPLE WHO LIKE TO WALK AND TANK EXPERIENCE. OUR GUIDES HAVE A LOT OF EXPERIENCE. OUR GUIDES: FABIAN FERNANDO GUSTAVO CLEVER JORGE FRANK CHARLES RAFAEL CEASE
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Rafting Río Chili

Rafting Río Chili

star-5
57
  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$24.00
From
$24.00
No prior rafting experience is necessary to enjoy running Class II to IV rapids on this Rio Chili tour from Arequipa. Go over river safety and rafting basics, and then navigate roughly four miles (seven kilometers) or white water along with your guide. All gear is include, plus a snack and transportation, so you don't need to plan a thing for the perfect trip.
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Colca Canyon Trek 3 Day 2 Night

Colca Canyon Trek 3 Day 2 Night

star-5
51
  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
From
$94.96
From
$94.96
THIS TOUR IS THE MOST COMPLETE, IF YOU HAVE THREE DAYS, IN THIS TOUR YOU WILL APPRECIATE THE CULTURAL PART AND THE NATURAL PART OF THE COLCA, IT IS RECOMMENDED FOR ADVENTURE PEOPLE WHO LIKE TO WALK. OUR GUIDES HAVE A LOT OF EXPERIENCE. OUR GUIDES: FABIAN GUSTAVO CLEVER GEORGE FRANK CHARLES RAFAEL CEASE LUIGUI
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Trekking, Waterfalls and Thermal Baths

Trekking, Waterfalls and Thermal Baths

star-5
38
  • 8 hours 30 minutes
From
$66.67
From
$66.67
This is a unique experience for travelers looking to know a little explored space during their trip. In this tour you will not find a massive amount of tourists and you can make a very fun and easy trekking in the middle of a unique canyon in Arequipa. They can also combine the experience of a beautiful trekking, culture and thermal baths
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* A traveler said: "We really enjoyed this hike and our guide, Pablo, was wonderful and very helpful. We were the only ones on the trail which made this feel like we were being shown and unknown locals-only type trail. We walked in our hiking shoes through the river which was unique and pretty fun (be sure to pack some sandals for after!). Pablo did the hike in Tivas/Chacos with a strap, so you've got some options when it comes to footwear. Also, be such to bring sunscreen and bug spray! The waterfall was beautiful and so was the canyon overall. Pablo was really helpful in took lots of photos of us throughout the hike. He also had bagged snacks for us once we got to the waterfall (fruit, water, candy, and crackers) which was a pleasant surprise. The thermal baths were nice but bring cash because the entrance (5-10 soles depending on the day) is not included. Overall, this was a wonderful little trip that I feel is off the beaten path a little bit...maybe a mostly locals only hidden gem?"


Rock Climbing, Rappel, Volcanoes and Typical Desserts

Rock Climbing, Rappel, Volcanoes and Typical Desserts

star-5
23
  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$56.42
From
$56.42
It will be a climbing day on the banks of the Chili River in the Chilina Valley. It doesn't matter if it's your first time climbing or if you have already practiced this sport a lot, the place we go to is great for beginners and experts. Charcani is an ideal area for sports and relaxation located at the foot of the Chili River and next to the Sanctuary of the Virgen de Chapi, patron of Arequipa; ensuring a perfect environment to enjoy an excellent day adventure.
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Salinas lake (national reserve Salinas y Aguada Blanca) Private Tour

Salinas lake (national reserve Salinas y Aguada Blanca) Private Tour

star-5
17
  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
From
$98.44
From
$98.44
The landscape, the flora and fauna is wonderful; but accompanied by a qualified guide, who knows the area and explains the secrets of this place, makes this experience unforgettable.
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Colca Canyon Trekking - 3 Days

Colca Canyon Trekking - 3 Days

star-5
16
  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
From
$244.11
From
$244.11
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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2 day trek including transfer to Puno / Colca Canyon

2 day trek including transfer to Puno / Colca Canyon

star-5
14
  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures
From
$139.00
From
$139.00
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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3 day 2 night trek / Colca Canyon

3 day 2 night trek / Colca Canyon

star-4.5
13
  • 3 days
  • Taking safety measures
From
$109.00
From
$109.00
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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Route of the Sillar, Valley and Volcanoes
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$46.16
Route of the Sillar, Viewpoints of the Valley and Volcanoes We enter in the middle of huge volcanic stone farellones 30 meters high carved "to combo and chisel", colonial facades and carvings. Here we will have an illustrious moment with the master stonecutters, known as "cutters". They will reveal their live work techniques so that later we can do it with our own hands. We will see giant block falls and the wonderful experience of watching small blocks of ashlar made using ancestral instruments used from generation to generation. Heading to the Mirador de Carmen Alto !!! We will visit the traditional and unmissable viewpoints of Arequipa, Mirador de Carmen Alto to appreciate the Chilina Valley and our 3 volcanoes, Chachani, Misti and Pichupichu. The second viewpoint is in Yanahuara. Here we will eat rich traditional desserts and buy unique handmade souvenirs in the square.
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Colca Canyon / 2 day 1 night trek

Colca Canyon / 2 day 1 night trek

star-5
8
  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
From
$69.00
From
$69.00
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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