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Colca Canyon

Arequipa, Peru
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Ranked #4 of 36 attractions in Arequipa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Canyons
Activities: Birdwatching
Traveler Description: The number of agencies competing to offer tours of Colca Canyon is dizzying. Essentially though, many of the tours are incredibly similar and differ... more »
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Deinze, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Waking up early in the morning to see the condors leave there nests in the canyon was really worthwhile!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We did this trip with EcoTours. We got recommended by a few people, and some who just came back from a trip to the colca the day before we went. I went to the office and spoke to Ludwig (the owner) himself. Great guy, and he gave me lots of confidence on the trip. Allergies were not an issue as... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This is definitely something one must organise themselves rather than book through an agency! All the agencies take one trail down and one trail up which means you have to walk with up to 60 other people on a narrow dusty path. Also the 3 day trek is a scam. You dont walk any further than those on the two... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

My family wasn't up for long hikes so we didn't do a backpacking tour. We did see the Condor's Cross, the Salinas y Aguada Blanca reserve and the hot springs (along with a few other spots that I don't remember the name of). It was an awesome trip and I wish I had spent more time there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I wasn't sure whether this was worth doing but on the whole I enjoyed it and I'm glad we went. The first day is a killer because of the crazy 2.30am start...... I was not in a good mood that first day walking into the canyon despite seeing 6 big condors at the top. The walk down is quite steep... More

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Darwin, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The views here are amazing and the numerous stops that thus will do along the way are great. On that note I think it's better to go with a smaller tour group/shuttle bus as you have the freedom to stop at more places. Also make sure you get to Condor cross early! We got there a 9.30 and saw the... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We arrived to Arequipa with only one clear idea: we had to go to colca canyon before leaving. With that in mind, we paid visits to different agencies who offered us interesting packages consisiting in three days all-included for a very good price. Pablo Tours was a bit more expensive but the lady in the office approached us in a... More

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Hjoerring, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This place is absolutly beautiful. It is a must see in if you are in Peru. Dont come too early in the morning, cuz the sun have to heat up the air for the big condors to fly. But be aware there are many tourist !

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Tallahassee, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

On a visit to Arequipa, my uncle suggested that we all visit Colca Canyon. I don't know which tour company we actually ended up with, It is true that agents will sell you a tour and you end up with someone else entirely. Either way, we were fortunate to have a good experience. We did the 2 night tour. It's... More

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We did the 2 day 1 night conventional tour with some short treks with Carlitos Tours and had the pleasure of being guided by Carlitos 'guide extraordinaire'. The drive to the Colca Canyon was broken up by many stops with spectacular views of volcanos, viculnas, Inca terraces. The canyon itself was spectacular in late afternoon. The tour with Carlitos allows... More

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