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Colca Canyon 3 Day Trek

Travel through the Andean landscape and discover its culture.

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  • Colca Valley Landscape
  • Condor flying over a viewpoint in Colca Canyon
  • Creek in Colca Valley
  • Trail in Colca Valley
  • Patapampa viewpoint slab
  • Viewpoint in Colca Valley
  • Alpacas group in Colca Valley
  • White Church in Yanque village
  • Travel through the Andean landscape and discover its culture.
  • Travel through the Andean landscape and discover its culture.
  • Travel through the Andean landscape and discover its culture.
  • Travel through the Andean landscape and discover its culture.
  • Travel through the Andean landscape and discover its culture.
  • Travel through the Andean landscape and discover its culture.
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3 days
Spanish and English
Starts: From your hotel in Arequipa at 7:30 a.m.
Ends: At the same departure point at 4:30 p.m.
Free cancellation!

The Colca Canyon, also known as "The Valley of Wonders" is an essential place to visit in Arequipa. In this Colca Canyon 3 Day Trek we will visit the National Reserve of Pampa Cañahuas, Patapampa and the Mirador de la Cruz del Condor. In addition, we will visit some local villages, among them the Coporaque Village, where we will see their daily life and traditions of the place. 

We tell you what these 3 days of tour will be like below ⬇.

Tour details


  • Transportation
  • Guide
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Half day with local family (day three)

Not included

  • Colca Valley ticket Access
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Access to La Calera hot springs ($4.50 USD)

Important information

The price of the Colca Valley Ticket for foreigners is $21 USD for adults and $6.50 USD for children. For Peruvian adults $6.50 USD and children $1.50 USD. They must be paid at the destination and in cash.

Groups are small, between 10 to 14 travelers.

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation! You can cancel this tour and you'll receive 100% refund of the amount paid if you cancel more than 15 days in advance. After this time, or in case you do not show up, no refunds will be given.

Tour itinerary

DAY 1 Arequipa - Patapampa - Coporaque

Highest elevation: 4910 meters

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

7 : 30 AM

Departure from Arequipa

We will leave Arequipa at 07:30 a.m. in the direction of the town of Chivay. During the trip, we will be able to enjoy the landscapes of the Misti, Chachani and Pichupichu volcanoes, arriving shortly after to the National Reserve of Salinas and Aguada Blanca, where we will be able to see vicuñas.

Colca Valley landscape

The Patapampa viewpoint

Around Tocra, we will see vegetation and fauna characteristic of the area, such as llamas and alpacas. We will arrive at the highest point of our trip, Patapampa, with an altitude of 4,910 meters that will allow us to observe the volcanoes Ampato, Sabancaya, Hualca Hualca, Mismi and the Chila mountain range.

Patapampa landscape

Visit to Chivay

Crossing the traditional terraces of the Colca Valley, we will arrive in the town of Chivay. We will stop in the traditional village of Coporaque where we can rest and have lunch. The guide will give us an optional guided tour of Coporaque surroundings for about 60 minutes.

To finish the day, we will visit the hot springs of Coporaque. After a relaxing bath, we will go to rest in the selected accommodation in Chivay, to spend the night.

Terrace Landscape Colca

DAY 2 Cruz del Condor viewpoint - Pinchollo - Antahuilque - Choquetico - Yanque

Cruz del Condor viewpoint

Our first stop f the day will be the Cruz del Condor viewpoint, where we can be impressed by the depth of the canyon and even see condors, which visit the viewpoint in the mornings.

Condor of Colca

Full Day Colca Canyon tour

We will visit the traditional village of Pinchollo and the viewpoint of Antahuilque, seeing more closely the Pre-Inca terraces with more than 1,500 years old. We will make another stop at the Choquetico viewpoint to see the hanging tombs.

Furthermore, we will make a brief visit to the village of Maca and the church of the village of Yanque, the most beautiful of the Valley. The rest of the afternoon will be free time to explore the place and rest.

Chimpa Colca Canyon Landscape

DAY 3 Coporaque - Chivay - Arequipa

Colca Canyon Culture

On our last day, we will discover and experience the daily life and traditions of the Coporaque people with a local family, doing activities such as harvesting, preparing the land or taking care of animals. 

Finally, we will visit the village of Chivay where we will have time to explore and have lunch. We finish the Colca Canyon 3 day Trek heading to Arequipa or, if you chose the extra, to the city of Puno.

Traveler petting a cow in Conca Canyon

What to bring to Colca Canyon 3 Day Trek

  • Warm clothing
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking boots
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Raincoat
  • Medication to avoid altitude sickness (in case you consider it necessary)
  • Cap or hat
  • Sandals / flip flops
  • Swimwear and towel for the hot springs

Where does the tour Colca Canyon 3 Day Trek start

If your starting point is Lima, you can fly to Arequipa with the full-service airlines Avianca or Latam or with the low cost Peruvian Airlines and LCP, among others. If you decide to travel by bus - note that it is a 16 hour trip - you can travel with Cruz del Sur, Oltursa or Civa (especially comfortable in its “exclusive” category). If you arrive from Puno, you can travel by bus, it is a six hour trip that is offered by Civa and Cruz del Sur. Alternatively, you can take a plane from Juliaca, which is the nearest airport. However, we recommend you to arrive by bus. If you arrive from Cusco, the bus ride lasts 10 hours, and you can book with various providers such as Cruz del Sur, Oltursa, Excluciva and others. Alternatively, you can also choose to take a flight. This particular route is operated by Latam, Avianca, LCP or Peruvian Airlines.

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