We are a couple with limited time in Peru (12 days in early October). We'd like to take a tour of the Colca Canyon area that ends in Puno. Ideally this would be a 2 day/1 night tour. I have seen several references to such tours online, but have found few operators online with this itinerary. One such operator is Colca Tours ( colcatours.com/english/ColcabustourPuno_en.h… ). I have been in contact with the company and the price for our selected option (includes hotel in Chivay) will be $ 117 USD per person. As part of confirmation they would like a 25% deposit via Western Union. I feel uncomfortable using money transfer services like this, but recognize that it's not uncommon.
I'd like to know from those of you with experience or knowledge if a) Colca Tours is a reputable company? b) there are other operators you would recommend that have a Arequipa --> Puno itinerary? c) it would be much cheaper to wait and book a tour the day before we left in Arequipa? My boyfriend is uncomfortable with the thought of not booking this ahead of time, but I have ready many times over that there are several tours departing daily.
Any thoughts or advice you can give is greatly appreciated!