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3 day explorer trip in Peru, visiting Arequipa, Colca Canyon and Puno. Read More
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Colca Canyon Tour Reviews

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Based on 1 customer review
Cheap but would have liked a higher standard Reviewed Tour: Colca Canyon Day Trip
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  • Kenneth OZANNE
  • From Australia
“The day started for me with a hotel pickup as 0245. Fair enough given the length of the day but then there were more than another hour of pickups with more than a hint that the driver and guide did not know for sure where they were to be.

The road to the breakfast point took about 3 more hours. I already had more than adequate food for the day from the tour company and the hotel so I would have preferred a shorter stop with just a drink. The mango juice was good, though I have never had it warm before. But that needed only 5 minutes.

The tour was said to be in English but there were only four English speakers aboard and I was the only native speaker.

We had a pleasant enough stop at a colourful local village (can't remember if that was before or after the canyon). Then the canyon for only half an hour. Given longer stops at less interesting places this seemed farcical.

We had a lunch stop of forty minutes at which I ate a little more of my food and had a pineapple juice. Again five minutes would have been ample for me.

Then a visit to some hot springs for an hour which didn't interest me at all. We did see some 'wild' llamas, guanacos (I think) and alpaccas That bit was pleasing. Then we went to 4800 metres to see the inside of a cloud. (We were supposed to see views of volcanoes).

Finally we took the long run back to Arequipa and I reached my hotel at 1738, almost 15 hours after leaving.

Although the day was still worthwhile, it would have been much better to travel in a small group with an actual guide. I thought the value for money aspect quite good but I would have liked to spend more money for a better experience.”

Colca Canyon - Tour Highlights and Travel Tips

A trip to Colca Canyon will allow you to see one of the most awe-inspiring natural sights in Peru. One of the deepest canyons in the world, the Colca Canyon stretches through the High Andes for over 100 kilometers, featuring diverse scenic palette which ranges from vast grassland to terraced fields to dramatic barren cliffs. Its sheer immensity coupled with rich cultural heritage make holidays in Colca Canyon a prime destination for all nature lovers and thrill-seekers passing through Peru. 

Check out our guide on the Colca Canyon to know why you should not miss it! 

Tour Highlights

  • Colca Canyon is also known for its short but diverse trekking trails (hot springs included!). The most popular trip is a two-day trek down to Sangalle from Cabanaconde and back, check out this guide on the Colca Canyon trek to know more details. 
  • Cruz del Condor is probably the most astonishing point in Colca Canyon. At 3,287 meters above sea level, this iconic viewpoint offers a spectacular panorama of the area, but also a chance to spot wild condors, which nest at the rocky cliffs of the canyon.
  • Village of Yanque is where you can take a glimpse into local culture, whether that’s through watching a performance of traditional dances, shopping for colorful native handicrafts or perhaps taking a photo with a llama or falcon.
  • In Chivay, you will find the Astronomical Observatory located within the hotel called Casa Andina. The observatory hosts nightly shows for star-spotting.
  • Uyu Uyu is the name of the archeological site within the Yanque community. This complex contains both Incan and pre-Incan ruins and artefacts.

Travel Tips

  • If you are looking to the best base for exploring Colca Canyon, the city of Arequipa may be the most convenient option. From the city, it takes about four hours to get to the canyon.
  • All foreign nationals who visit the Colca Canyon are required to pay a fee of 70 soles (price as of May 2018).
  • The canyon can be explored both independently or within an organized tour. If you want to shop around for best deals, head over to Plaza de Armas in Arequipa, where you will find a host of travel agencies and tour operators. Most of them offer two or three-day tours, but you can stay longer if you wish to do so.

Peru has seasonal weather, please sure to read up on the best time to visit Peru to plan a perfect holiday. If you are looking for more then do read our guide on the best things to do in Peru and if trekking is your thing then we have curated 10 best treks in Peru aside from the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu