How to get to the Colca canyon?

The Colca Canyon is one of the best tourist attractions in Peru. It is located more than 150 kilometers from the city of Arequipa. To get there, you must take a public service transport to the town of Chivay or the town of Cabanaconde, both belonging to the province of Caylloma. Learn step by step how to go to this incredible place and observe the deepest canyon in the world.

Colca Canyon
Colca Canyon – Arequipa



The Colca canyon

The Colca Canyon is the second most visited tourist attraction in Peru, only after Machu Picchu. It is a natural area with incredible landscapes and one of the deepest canyons in the world: 4,160 meters deep.

The Colca Canyon is located in the Andes Mountains. This impressive valley occupies an area of ​​100 square kilometers. Dozens of Andean towns such as Chivay and Caylloma inhabit its slopes.

To visit it, you must make a route of more than 3 hours from the city of Arequipa. Then you can go by bus or on foot to the different viewpoints of the Colca canyon.


Arequipa, the starting point

Arequipa, known as the ‘White City’ is the starting point to get to the Colca canyon. This city is located in the southern highlands of Peru, approximately 150 kilometers from Colca.

Arequipa’s land terminal is the place from where buses depart in the direction of the towns of Chivay or Cabanaconde. The address of the terminal is Calle Arturo Ibáñez 130.

If you are looking to make a trip of only 1 day, you should leave very early. There are services available at dawn and very early in the morning.

It should be noted that the city of Arequipa is located 2,335 meters above sea level.


How to get?

To get to the Colca canyon you must follow the following steps:


What to see on the way?

Salina Aguada Blanca
Salina Aguada Blanca National Reserve

During the trip to the Colca canyon, the visitor can appreciate the following tourist attractions:


Tips

An excellent option to calmly appreciate and enjoy the Colca Canyon is to take a trip of two days or more. For this, it is necessary to spend the night in one of the hotels in the towns of Chivay or Cabanaconde. The 1-day trip, due to its speed, does not allow you to enjoy the beauty of the Colca in time.

The town of Chivay has more and better hotel services. The town of Cabanaconde, on the other hand, is closer to the main Colca viewpoints, such as the famous Condor viewpoint. Most people choose to travel to Cabanaconde for a 1-day trip and to Chivay for a trip of more days.


More information

The entrance ticket to the Colca Canyon has a cost of 70 Peruvian soles (22 dollars) for foreign tourists. Latin American tourists pay 40 Peruvian soles (12 dollars) for this same ticket. Peruvians pay only 20 soles ($ 6).

The 1-day Colca Canyon tour has an approximate price of 25 dollars per tourist (47 dollars if the entrance ticket is included). Tours can be purchased at any Arequipa tourism agency, either online or in person in the ‘white city’ itself.

 

By Machupicchu Terra – Last updated, July 19, 2021


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