Colca Canyon

Canocota Vivencial Tour

Canocota is located at 35 minutes by car from Chivay town. Canocota vivencial tour 3 days offers to the visitors impressive deep rock walls, colorful landscapes, and its typical flora (queñuales forest) and fauna (high Andean birds).

Canocota Tour

Few Colca Canyon tourists get as far as ramshackle Canocota as most organized itineraries turn around at the Cruz del Cóndor and stay in Chivay or Yanque. Canocota will impressive you with more authenticity and greater tranquility.

Canocota Vivencial Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arequipa – Pampa Cañahuas – Patapampa – Chivay – Canocota

Canocota Vivencial Tour 3 days starts at 8am, pick up from the hotel in Arequipa and then start our private guided tour to the second deepest canyon in the world, driving on the left side of Chachani mountain (6070m), continue going up to 4200m, where is located the Natural Reserve of Salinas and Aguada Blanca, at this place we will watch vicugnas, lamas and alpagas. Arrive to Chivay and departure to Canocota (3750m).
Arrival to a family house. Typical lunch prepared with the loca products (quinoa, alpaga, cheese, etc). Accommodation and visit to the crop fields where we will learn more about the local production and medicinal plants. Return to the house, dinner and host family night stories.

Day 2: Canocota – La Calera Hot Springs – Chivay

Typical breakfast, then we will walk following the original Inca trail along the Huaynalima canyon to the hot spring of La Calera (3 hours). This walk offer spectacular views, fully of pre-Inca terraces. Arrive to the hot springs and relaxing time.
Accommodation in a selected hotel and lunch. In the afternoon visit to the local market and the Planetarium, for learning more about the Colca Sky. Dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Chivay – Cruz del Condor – Arequipa

Breakfast in the hotel and then departure to La Cruz del Condor view point ; passing through villages as Yanque and Maca both towns are surrounded by pre-Incas terraces and friendly local people.
Finally we will arrive to the Cruz del Condor view point (3750m) at this place is possible to appreciate the flight of Condors and the canyon. Return to Chivay, lunch and return to Arequipa, transfer to the hotel.


English-Speaking tour guide
Tourist transportation Arequipa to Colca Canyon
Overnight at Chivay and at Canocota in a family run house
Colca Canyon Entrance Fee
Meals: 2 breakfasts – 3 lunches - 2 dinners
Entrance fee La Calera thermal water

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Departures Tour Price
Daily departures Canocota Vivencial Tour 3 Days Private Service (Private transportation and guide) $320 USD per person

What You Need to Bring

Small backpack 40lt
Rain jacket or poncho (December to april)
Strong comfortable and waterproof footwear
One complete change of clothing
Sweater and jacket (something warm)
Sun block (sun protection cream)
Sunglasses and swinsuit for the hot springs
Hat or cap to protect you from the sun

Colca Canyon Fun Facts

Colca Canyon is more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon
The Canyon is home of a great variety of flora and fauna
The Condor can be seen at “Cruz Del Condor” and “Tapay” viewing point
Other notable bird species present in the Colca include the giant hummingbird
The Valley is a wonderful and colourful andean valley with small towns with andean terraces on the both side of the Canyon
The valley is at its most beautiful in April and May, when the fields are green and the mountains snow-capped