My boyfriend and I are planning to spend several days in the Arequipa area. After a day and a half exploring the city, we would like to take an afternoon bus to Colca Canyon, spend the night at one of the villages there, and spend the next day exploring on our own, returning to Arequipa in the evening. We would like to do some light hiking to places with good views and really prefer not to go with organized tour groups. We are experienced hikers but are of course interested in finding the safest place to explore on our own.
Is there a particular village in Colca Canyon that is easily accessible by bus from Arequipa and would be most convenient for our interests? Do you need to take a taxi from the villages to trails or vista points? Are there any websites with more information on Colca Canyon?Edited: 1:33 am, August 11, 2012