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“Colca Canyon with Johselm”
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Colca Canyon
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2-Day Group Tour to Colca Canyon from Arequipa
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Valleys of prairies and volcanoes, an impossible canyon and Kayak descents through rapids. From a dramatic canyon-its maximum depht is 13,648 feet -to mountains, picturesque villages, valleys and archaeological remains, and finally to vibrant rivers. But is more than just a lovely landscape. In Colca, natural riches set the stage for the most extreme adventures.
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Johselm was a phenomenal tour guide. He was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the history, agriculture, and wildlife around the Colca Canyon. We had the opportunity to see numerous sites, enjoy the hot springs, walk along some more isolated paths, and meet some of the locals. We even tasted fruits right off of the tree. Johselm also picked us up and dropped us off exactly where we needed to be. We had the chance to try some delicious meals such as alpaca steak, rainbow trout, and guinea pig. Thanks Johselm!

4  Thank mcnallykb
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went with Peru Hop for the 1 day tour and I wish I had listened to my friends that said Colca was not that impressive. Peru Hop takes you in a van, picked up at 3a, and you're basically in that van most of the day with breaks to eat breakfast and lunch and walk around the canyon. We heard the 2 day trip, hiking on your own is much better. I am really disappointed I wasted so much time in a van to see the canyon that was just alright. Be prepared for an exhausting trip for some nice views.

Thank Naomi J
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Everyone has seen so many photos of Machu Picchu so was not so impressed with it. But the Colca Canyon is fantastic. The scenery is stunning .

Thank Diamondlilksa
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

With six others I had not met before, I did the guided three-day trip and had a great time. You should be able to walk several hours and lose/gain several thousand vertical feet in a day, but the pace is moderate. Condors at the canyon rim on the first day were only 15 m from us and spectacular (expect many other people to be there with you).

Thank JimE_Colorado
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Truly an amazing experience! We went with a tour company (unfortunately I don't remember which one. It was directly booked through our hostel at Mango Hostel).

It was a 2 day/1 night tour. The first day we left around 8am from Arequipa. They picked us up from the hostel. We took a journey upwards, as it's so much higher than Arequipa. We stopped along the way to pick up water, coca candy,bathrooms etc.

On the route up, we stopped at many different view points to see llamas, alpacas, vicunas, etc. Also to see Misti and Chichani volcanoes. The highest point we stopped at had SNOW. Literally it's so high it snows up there. It was truly insane. You could also see the 8 volcanoes that around Arequipa and the Colca region.

We got to Chivay after that, bought our tickets at the entrance of Chivay and went to lunch. We had lunch at a local restaurant and it was buffet. I opted for just an omelet and veg soup. It was pretty chilly in Chivay so the soup helped keep you warm.

We got to the hostel after lunch, and opted not to go to the hot springs because I did not feel well and I needed a nap. The altitude definitely got to me. I felt better after the nap. We had dinner at another local restaurant (all the menus pretty much have the same food options, honestly. A little bit of everything) with a traditional show of music and dance. They pulled people in to participate. We were back to the hostel by 9pm and went to sleep.

On the 2nd day, we were ready by 6am and had the small breakfast the hostel provided. We left to go to Colca Canyon now. We stopped at the town of Yanque and saw another local dance. There was a old church as well we went to explore. Very small town, with gift shops and people showing off their animals. They live off this tourism that Colca Canyon and these tours bring.
We also stopped at another town called Maca, and took pictures with a baby llama.

We stopped on a few more viewpoints to see the large region, the valley, the farming etc. ALso we got to see baby condors.

When you get to Colca Canyon, the Canyon has a view point area where a few people are selling small snack items, or touristy items. You can see beautiful views from anywhere here. From there we had a little over an hour of free time to explore the trails. We went down to get to the trails and walked around, took pictures, and just experienced nature at it's finest. This canyon is really amazing! The only downside of the tour was the limited amount of time you get to hike the trails. We really didn't get far at all, the trails are amazing. The trails aren't hard climb or anything. But being that high with the altitude it really affects you and how much/fast you can move. Wish we had more time to explore.

On the way back, we stopped at more view points to see all the agriculture. This region is named Colca, and there are many towns inside of it. The Canyon is located higher up in the region. We stopped to get lunch back in Chivay. After lunch, we started our journey back to Arequipa.

With the tour included:
-1 night in a hostel and small breakfast
-1st day lunch

Not included:
-1st night dinner
-2nd day lunch
-any souvenirs/ drinks at stops
-entrance ticket (which you buy at Chivay if you go with the tour)

-If you have time, try to go to Colca by yourself so you can traverse the trails and see the beauty of it.
-If you want, do the hike up!!
-if you DON'T have time, do this 2 day/1 night type of tour- they are so plentiful and the itinerary regardless of tour company are really all the same (maybe a different restaurant, but again the food tastes all the same in this area).
-definitely take a jacket, sturdy shoes- it's cold and you'll be walking a lot (and stairs)
-if you are affected by altitude- take your meds
-coca tea or Inca tea- Drink it!!

1  Thank jd3sai
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