Uyo Uyo Ruins in Colca

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If you are itching to see some pre-Incan ruins and prefer to mix up all the driving with a beautiful two hour hike, this is the tour for you.

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: DAY 1

You will be picked up from your hotel or hostel in Arequipa’s city center at 4:00am 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 make our way back towards Yanque making stops at Antawilke to see pre-Incan terraces, a small colonial town called Maca.

Upon arriving to Yanque, we will we walk for approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes to visit archeological complex of Uyo Uyo located on the right side of the valley. It was built by the Collaguas people and is said to have functioned as a administration center during the Pre-Inca times. The architecture is very impressive with small streets and water canals surrounded by hundreds of Pre-Incan farming terraces which look like small amphitheaters built into the mountains. Along the trail we will see the locals working the land using ancestral systems and techniques for agricultural production. Also we will get to see the famous qolqas, small deposits or stores carved into the cliffs of the surrounding mountains.

After completing the hike to Uyo Uyo, we will go to the Yanque hot springs to bathe in the hot pools for approximately one hour. Then, we will head to Chivay where we will stop at a local restaurant to eat a buffet lunch.

Finally, we will 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.


Included in the trip

  • Transportation
  • English speaking Guide
  • Breakfast
  • Buffet 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


Private Prices
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2 Persons $ USD 220.00 Inquire Now
3 Persons $ USD 150.00 Inquire Now
4 Persons $ USD 115.00 Inquire Now
5 Persons $ USD 90.00 Inquire Now
6 Persons or more $ USD 75.00 Inquire Now
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The Uyo Uyo Ruins are situated in the Colca Valley, near the town of Chivay in the Arequipa region of Peru.
Uyo Uyo is an archaeological site that served as an important settlement for the Collagua people before the Inca conquest. The ruins showcase pre-Inca and Inca architectural elements.
The Uyo Uyo Ruins are accessible by road from Chivay. Many visitors opt for guided tours or private transportation to explore the site.
The dry season, from May to October, is ideal for visiting Uyo Uyo Ruins. During this period, the weather is more predictable, and the site is easily accessible.
Yes, guided tours are available for visitors who want to gain insights into the history and cultural significance of Uyo Uyo. Local guides can provide valuable information about the site.
While some sites in the Colca Valley may have entrance fees, it’s advisable to check with local authorities or your tour operator for the latest information on fees for Uyo Uyo.
The time needed to explore Uyo Uyo Ruins can vary, but a typical visit may take around 1 to 2 hours, depending on your level of interest and engagement.
Yes, some visitors prefer hiking to Uyo Uyo for a more immersive experience. Ensure you have proper directions, and consider hiring a guide if you choose this option.
Uyo Uyo is primarily an archaeological siate, and facilities may be limited. It’s advisable to use restroom facilities in Chivay before heading to the ruins.
Yes, photography is generally allowed at Uyo Uyo Ruins. However, it’s courteous to ask your guide or check for any specific restrictions.
Wear comfortable clothing suitable for walking and exploring archaeological sites. Sturdy shoes, a hat, and sunscreen are advisable, especially due to the high altitude.
While exploring Uyo Uyo, there are designated paths and areas to follow. Respect these guidelines to preserve the archaeological site.
The Colca Valley offers various attractions, including hot springs, traditional villages, and viewpoints like Cruz del Condor, which are often included in tour itineraries.
It’s advisable to consume food and drinks before or after your visit to Uyo Uyo. Avoid bringing snacks to help maintain the site’s integrity.
Yes, Uyo Uyo can be a family-friendly destination. However, be mindful of the high altitude and plan accordingly, especially if traveling with young children.

Travel Guide

Welcome to the captivating Uyo Uyo Ruins in the heart of the Colca Valley. This travel guide is crafted to help you make the most of your visit, offering insights into the historical significance, practical tips, and recommendations for an enriching experience.


Uyo Uyo Ruins are located near the town of Chivay in the Colca Valley, Arequipa, Peru. Nestled in the Andes, this archaeological site offers a glimpse into the pre-Inca and Inca civilizations.

Best Time to Visit:

The best time to explore Uyo Uyo Ruins is during the dry season, from May to October. During these months, the weather is more predictable, and the site is easily accessible. Rainy season (November to April) may bring muddy trails and limited visibility.


Expect cool temperatures, especially in the morning and evening. Daytime temperatures range from 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F). Given the high altitude, ensure you’re prepared for temperature variations and potential chilly winds.

What to Bring:

  • Comfortable Clothing: Dress in layers for temperature changes. Include a waterproof jacket.
  • Sturdy Footwear: Wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes suitable for walking on uneven terrain.
  • Sun Protection: Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to shield yourself from the high-altitude sun.
  • Water and Snacks: Stay hydrated during your visit and pack some light snacks.
  • Camera: Capture the beauty of the ruins and the surrounding landscapes.

How to Prepare:

  • Acclimatization: If arriving from lower altitudes, spend a day in Chivay or a nearby town to acclimatize before exploring the ruins.
  • Guided Tours: Consider hiring a local guide for a comprehensive understanding of the historical and cultural aspects of Uyo Uyo.

How to Dress:

  • Layers: Wear breathable layers, including a long-sleeved shirt and a light jacket.
  • Comfortable Pants: Opt for comfortable, moisture-wicking pants suitable for walking and exploring.
  • Footwear: Choose sturdy, closed-toe shoes with good traction for walking on the archaeological site.


Uyo Uyo served as a significant settlement for the Collagua people before the Inca civilization. The site showcases a blend of pre-Inca and Inca architectural styles, offering a fascinating glimpse into the region’s ancient history.


  • Respect the Site: Follow designated paths and respect any restrictions to help preserve the archaeological integrity of Uyo Uyo.
  • Photography Etiquette: Ask your guide about any specific rules regarding photography to ensure cultural and historical sensitivity.
  • Local Interactions: If you encounter locals during your visit, approach with respect and ask for permission before taking photographs.

Nearby Attractions:

  • Chivay: Explore the charming town of Chivay, known for its hot springs, local markets, and colonial architecture.
  • Cruz del Condor: Visit the Cruz del Condor viewpoint in the Colca Canyon for a chance to see the majestic Andean condors.

Immerse yourself in the rich history and stunning landscapes surrounding Uyo Uyo Ruins. This archaeological gem invites you to connect with the ancient cultures of the Colca Valley while enjoying the natural beauty of the Andes.

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