Welcome to an extraordinary adventure – the Colca Canyon Tour and Trip to Puno!
Embark on a breathtaking journey that begins in the enchanting city of Arequipa.
Over the course of two days, immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the Colca Canyon.
Real Destinations, Real experiences
Get ready to be enchanted by great views of majestic volcanoes, and the graceful vicuñas roaming freely across the Andean landscape.
On this trip we visit the legendary Cruz del Condor sight, where you’ll witness the breathtaking flight of the Andean condor.
Aditionally, we’ll also take you to the rejuvenating thermal baths of La Calera.
Prepare to unwind and recharge as you soak in the soothing waters, surrounded by the serenity of the Andean highlands.
It’s a truly restorative and invigorating experience that will leave you feeling refreshed and revitalized.
What sets this trip apart is its time-saving approach, designed to maximize your adventure.
Unlike the classic Colca Canyon trips that start and end in Arequipa, our program has been thoughtfully crafted to optimize your time.
After exploring the Colca Canyon, we’ll take you directly to the city of Puno, making your journey as efficient and convenient as possible.
Here are some fascinating facts about this trip
One of the Deepest Canyons in the World
The Colca Canyon is an awe-inspiring natural wonder, renowned as one of the deepest canyons on Earth. With a depth of approximately 3,270 meters (10,725 feet), it is deeper than the famous Grand Canyon in the United States.
Home to the Magnificent Andean Condor
The Cruz del Condor viewpoint in the Colca Canyon offers an extraordinary opportunity to witness the majestic Andean condor in its natural habitat. This magnificent bird has a wingspan of up to 3.3 meters (10.8 feet), making it one of the largest flying birds in the world.
Ancient Terraces and Agriculture
The Colca Canyon is not only a geological marvel but also an important historical and agricultural site.
Pre-Incan terraces built by the Collaguas and Cabanas cultures hundreds of years ago still adorn the canyon’s walls, showcasing their advanced farming techniques and sustainability practices.
Vicuñas, Alpacas, and Llamas Roaming Free
As you explore the Colca Canyon and its surroundings, you’ll encounter various native camelid species such as vicuñas, alpacas, and llamas.
These gentle creatures are a common sight, adding a touch of charm to the breathtaking landscapes.
Andean Cultural Immersion
The trip to Puno offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the Andean communities.
Experience the warmth of the locals, adorned in vibrant traditional clothing, and gain insight into their age-old customs and way of life.
Efficient Travel to Maximize Adventure
Unlike traditional tours, the Colca Canyon Tour and Trip to Puno have been carefully designed to optimize your time and enhance your experience.
By skipping unnecessary travel routes, you get to fully immerse yourself in the wonders of the Colca Canyon and quickly reach the city of Puno.
Thermal Baths of La Calera
After an exhilarating day of exploration, indulge in the natural thermal baths of La Calera.
The soothing waters, surrounded by breathtaking Andean scenery, offer a moment of relaxation and rejuvenation like no other.
Unique Photography Opportunities
The picturesque landscapes and dramatic vistas throughout the trip provide photographers with a plethora of opportunities to capture stunning images. From sweeping canyons to soaring condors, you’ll have a chance to create unforgettable memories through your lens.
Day 1º: Tourist bus to the Colca Canyon – Overnight in Chivay.
07:30 h. Our guide will pick you up from your hotel in Arequipa, and together, we will set forth towards the Colca Canyon.
The bus trip promises breathtaking views, making every moment of the journey a visual delight.
During our journey, we’ll make a stop at Pampas Cañahuas, a natural reserve nestled at an altitude of 3,500 meters.
This enchanting reserve is a haven for the elusive and elegant vicuñas, one of the most prized and protected members of the camelid family.
Later on we will reach the zone of Viscachani, where we will take a moment to stretch our legs and indulge in some refreshing coca tea.
Continuing our ascent on a dirt road, we will soon reach the highest point of our adventure – The lookout point of the Andes, standing tall at an impressive altitude of 4,800 meters.
From here, an awe-inspiring panorama awaits you, as you gaze at a distance upon the magnificent volcanoes of Arequipa.
Among them, the striking Ubinas, Misti, the active Sabancaya, and the revered Ampato, paint a surreal picture against the vast Andean canvas.
Descending from the heights, we’ll arrive at the charming village of Chivay. Here will have lunch with the group in a typical restaurant.
Afterward, we will head to our comfortable hotel to relax and freshen up.
As the afternoon progresses, you’ll have some free time to explore the quaint little village of Chivay at your own pace.
As the sun begins to set, prepare for a rejuvenating experience at the thermal pools of Chivay.
Here, you can unwind and soak in the warm waters amidst the serenity of the surroundings.
In the evening, we’ll visit a local restaurant for a delectable Andean dinner.
Indulge in a delightful dinner accompanied by live Andean music and traditional dance.
Overnight at the Hotel Casa Andina Colca ***. or similar.
Day 2º: Visit to the Cruz del Condor – Bus to the City of Puno.
Today, our journey begins with a visit to the renowned Cruz del Condor lookout point.
This 2 hours drive is full of stunning vistas of the Colca River and the breathtaking mountains that surround us.
Along the way, we’ll make strategic stops, providing perfect photo opportunities to capture the awe-inspiring scenery.
As we arrive at Cruz del Condor, you’ll understand why we started early.
This is the prime time to witness the Andean condors gracefully soaring through the skies.
These majestic birds are most active during the morning hours.
Spend some quality time at the lookout point, savoring the sight of the condors gliding through the deep canyon.
You’ll also have the chance to stroll along the canyon’s edge.
Later on we’ll make our way back to Chivay, passing through picturesque and authentic villages along the route.
At approximately 12:00 hrs, we’ll pause for lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch, we embark on a comfortable bus ride to the city of Puno.
The journey offers yet another chance to appreciate the beautiful scenic landscapes.
We will be arriving in Puno after sunset. The journey ends at the bus station.
End of the trip.
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Proceed with your payment online through our web.
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Change of Tour Date:
You can change the date of your tour at least 15 days in advance without charge.
If you cancel your tour 7 days or earlier before the tour begins, we will charge only an administration fee of 20%.
Last minute cancellations are not accepted. If this is the case, 100% of the charge will be charged.
100% cancellation fee.
How long is the Colca Canyon Tour and Trip to Puno?
The tour is a 2-day adventure, carefully designed to showcase the best of the Colca Canyon and Puno in an efficient and memorable manner.
Is the trip physically demanding?
While the trip involves some moderate physical activity, such as walking and hiking at the Colca Canyon viewpoints, it is suitable for most fitness levels. However, participants should be prepared for changes in altitude and varied terrains.
What should I pack for the trip?
We recommend packing comfortable clothing suitable for both warm and cool weather, as temperatures can vary in the Andean region. Don’t forget to bring sturdy walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, and a refillable water bottle. Additionally, bring your camera to capture the breathtaking views!
Are meals included in the tour package?
Yes, most meals are included in the tour package. You’ll get to savor delicious local cuisine, offering a delightful taste of Peruvian flavors and specialties.
Will there be opportunities for shopping during the trip?
Yes, there may be opportunities for shopping at local markets and souvenir shops, where you can find unique crafts and traditional products. However, keep in mind that the time for shopping might be limited due to the compact itinerary.
What kind of accommodations can I expect?
On this program we provide you a 3 stars hotel. Accommodations will be provided in comfortable and well-selected hotels.
Is there a minimum age requirement for this trip?
This trip is suitable for adults and children above a certain age. Please check with the tour operator for specific age restrictions or guidelines.
Are there any cultural sensitivities I should be aware of?
Respecting local customs and traditions is essential during the trip. Learning a few basic phrases in Spanish and showing appreciation for the local culture can go a long way in fostering positive interactions with the communities we visit.
Are there any opportunities for additional activities or extensions to the trip?
Depending on the tour operator, there may be opportunities for optional activities or extensions. These might include additional sightseeing or cultural experiences in the region. Be sure to inquire about any available add-ons when booking your tour.
Is the trip environmentally friendly and sustainable?
Yes, tour operators prioritize sustainable tourism practices and work to minimize the impact on the environment and local communities. By choosing this tour, you contribute to the conservation of the natural beauty of the Colca Canyon and support local sustainable initiatives.