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Discover the superb heights of the Colca Canyon on an exciting 2-day tour from Arequipa. Witness incredible views of the rolling hills and visit the quaint villages of the Andes in the Colca River valley.
Following a pick-up from your hotel in Arequipa, a tranquil scenic drive will bring you to the Colca River Valley. You’ll pass through the famous Pampa Cañahuas Natural Reserve to witness the wild Vicuñas grazing on the highlands. These graceful camelids are known for their exquisite wool used in fine clothing.
You’ll then arrive at the charming town of Chivay to enjoy lunch inspired by regional recipes (own expense). This will be your home for the night. Explore the town at leisure for the rest of the day to visit the nearby steam baths or wander amongst the Incan architecture.
Being the day with a 30-min drive to get breathtaking views over the Colca Canyon from Condor Cross (3,800 m) Nearly 1200m of depth, this is precisely the home of the renowned Andean Condors, whereby you’ll get interesting insights and facts about this beautiful creature with your guide. Make sure to take memorable pictures along the Rim of the Canyon to show off to your friends! You’ll later proceed to the rural villages of Maca and Yanque to admire the perfectly preserved colonial churches and artisan stalls of the pueblos. Enjoy lunch in a rustic restaurant (own expense) before you take your journey back to Arequipa. If you wish, you have the option to continue to Puno from Chivay (Transfer to Puno not included).