Colca Media Luna Full Day Tour

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Overview

This full day tour is ideal for travelers who would prefer to mix up all the driving with a short hike along the Colca Canyon rim and take in the beautiful, natural surroundings.

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Itinerary

: DAY 1

You will be picked up from your hotel or hostel in Arequipa’s city center at 3:00am and drive north to Chivay where you will eat breakfast.

We then head west to the Condor Cross located on the rim of the Colca Canyon. You will time to enjoy the views and look for condors flying overhead.

After visiting the Condor Cross, we will begin a short hike along the rim of the Colca Canyon. We will enjoy greats view of the immense canyon walls and the small communities located towards the bottom, such as: Tapay, Cosnirwa, Malata and the famous Sangalle oasis. Finally, we will arrive to the Cabanaconde village where we will eat a typical family-style Andean lunch.

After lunch, 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.

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.

Inclusions

Included in the trip

  • Transportation
  • English speaking Guide
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

No Included

  • Touristic Ticket (S/.70)
  • Hot Springs (S/.15)

What to Bring

  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Sweater
  • Sunscreen and sun hat
  • Cash for touristic ticket, hot springs entrance, and tips
  • Passport

Prices

Private Prices
Number of persons Price per person
2 Persons $ USD 210.00 Inquire Now
3 Persons $ USD 180.00 Inquire Now
4 Persons $ USD 160.00 Inquire Now
5 Persons $ USD 140.00 Inquire Now
6 Persons or more $ USD 120.00 Inquire Now
Group Service Prices
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1 person $ USD 0.00 Inquire Now

Faqs

Colca Canyon is a canyon in southern Peru, known for its incredible depth and stunning landscapes. It is one of the deepest canyons in the world, reaching depths of over 3,270 meters (10,725 feet).
The most common route is to fly into Arequipa, the nearest major city, and then take a bus or organized tour to Chivay, the gateway to Colca Canyon. From there, you can explore the canyon or arrange further transportation to specific viewpoints.
The best time to visit is during the dry season, from May to November. During this period, you’ll experience clear skies and more comfortable temperatures for hiking and sightseeing.
Yes, Colca Canyon offers several trekking routes, ranging from one to three days. The most popular trek is the Colca Canyon Trek, which takes you through picturesque villages, hot springs, and stunning viewpoints.
Yes, Colca Canyon is famous for its Andean condors. The Cruz del Condor viewpoint is the most popular spot to witness these majestic birds soaring through the canyon. Early morning is the best time for condor viewing.
Yes, there are hot springs in the town of Chivay and nearby areas. Relaxing in the hot springs is a popular activity for visitors, especially after a day of hiking.
Pack comfortable hiking shoes, layers for changing temperatures, a hat, sunscreen, a reusable water bottle, and any personal medications. If you plan to trek, a good backpack is essential.
Yes, Colca Canyon is at a high altitude, and visitors may experience symptoms of altitude sickness. It’s recommended to acclimatize in Arequipa before heading to the canyon and stay hydrated.
The duration of your visit depends on your itinerary. A day trip to see the condors and viewpoints is possible, but for a more immersive experience, consider spending 2-3 days exploring the canyon and surrounding areas.
Yes, there are numerous guided tours available, ranging from one-day excursions to multi-day trekking adventures. Guides can provide valuable insights into the local culture and help navigate the canyon’s trails.
Yes, there are accommodations in Chivay and nearby villages, ranging from budget hostels to more upscale hotels. If you plan to trek, some tours also include camping options.
Yes, many tours include visits to traditional villages such as Yanque and Maca, allowing you to experience the local culture, architecture, and traditions of the Colca Valley.
In addition to Andean condors, you may encounter various bird species, llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas. The canyon’s diverse ecosystem makes it a haven for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts.
While hiking in Colca Canyon is generally safe, it’s essential to be cautious, stay on marked trails, and be prepared with proper gear. Weather conditions can change, so it’s advisable to check with local authorities or guides.
Yes, many travelers combine a visit to Colca Canyon with a tour of other nearby attractions, such as Arequipa, the Colca Valley, and the Misti Volcano. This allows for a more comprehensive exploration of the region’s natural and cultural wonders.

Travel Guide

Overview

Colca Canyon, located in southern Peru, is one of the world’s deepest canyons, offering breathtaking landscapes, vibrant cultures, and unique outdoor experiences. This travel guide provides essential information to help you plan a memorable trip to this spectacular destination.

When to Visit:

The best time to visit Colca Canyon is during the dry season, from May to November. This period ensures clear skies and pleasant temperatures, making it ideal for trekking and exploring. Avoid the rainy season (December to April) when heavy rainfall can affect trail conditions.

Climate:

Colca Canyon has a varied climate due to its diverse altitudes. Days are warm, while nights can be chilly. Layers are essential to adapt to temperature changes. The canyon floor is warmer than the rim, so be prepared for variations in weather as you descend.

What to Bring:

  1. Hiking Gear: Sturdy hiking boots, a comfortable backpack, and trekking poles if desired.
  2. Clothing: Lightweight, moisture-wicking layers, a hat, and a jacket for cooler evenings.
  3. Sun Protection: Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat to shield from the high-altitude sun.
  4. Water and Snacks: Carry a reusable water bottle and energy-boosting snacks for the trek.
  5. Medications: Bring any personal medications, and consider altitude sickness medication if needed.
  6. Camera and Binoculars: Capture the stunning landscapes and wildlife in the canyon.

How to Prepare:

  1. Acclimatize: Spend a day or two in Arequipa (2,335 meters) to acclimatize to the altitude before heading to Colca Canyon (up to 4,160 meters).
  2. Fitness: While you don’t need to be an experienced hiker, basic fitness will enhance your enjoyment of the trek.
  3. Permits: Check if permits are required for specific trails and viewpoints.

How to Dress:

  1. Layers: Dress in layers to accommodate temperature changes during the day.
  2. Comfortable Clothing: Wear moisture-wicking fabrics to stay dry and comfortable.
  3. Hiking Boots: Choose sturdy, ankle-supporting boots for the uneven terrain.
  4. Sun Protection: Use sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to shield yourself from the high-altitude sun.

History:

  1. Cultural Significance: Colca Canyon is not only a geological marvel but also home to the indigenous Collagua and Cabana cultures.
  2. Terracing: The canyon is dotted with ancient agricultural terraces built by these cultures, showcasing their engineering prowess.
  3. Colonial Influence: The Spanish influence is evident in the colonial churches of the villages surrounding the canyon.

Recommendations:

  1. Condor Viewing: Don’t miss the awe-inspiring sight of Andean condors at the Cruz del Condor viewpoint.
  2. Village Exploration: Visit traditional villages like Yanque and Maca to experience local culture and witness colonial architecture.
  3. Hot Springs: Relax in the natural hot springs in Chivay after a day of hiking.
  4. Multi-Day Trekking: Consider a multi-day trek to fully immerse yourself in the canyon’s beauty and culture.

Tips:

  1. Guided Tours: Consider hiring a local guide for trekking or tours to gain insights into the canyon’s history and culture.
  2. Altitude Awareness: Be mindful of altitude sickness; take it easy, stay hydrated, and listen to your body.
  3. Respect Local Customs: Engage respectfully with locals and adhere to cultural norms.
  4. Pack Light: Keep your backpack light and essentials-only for a more comfortable trek.

Colca Canyon offers a truly unique adventure for nature lovers, history enthusiasts, and those seeking an off-the-beaten-path experience in Peru. Embrace the beauty, culture, and challenges of this extraordinary destination.

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