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1. Posted by WillStone (Budding Member 10 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Is a colca canyon trek / tour easy to book once out in arequipa? Same with Misti volcano? Does anyone have suggestions for companies?


2. Posted by gallegos (Full Member 72 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hello Will:
Yes, both tours are easy to book in Arequipa. The Misti climb can take more time to organize because it is not as popular as the Colca canyon, and harder too, but there are tours leaving every week.

Have a safe trip,

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please... ]

3. Posted by findemundo (Full Member 127 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Good advice from Ivan - you can easily book the Colca Canyon from Arequipa. I arrived, booked and left the next day. Like Cusco, there are streets full of guiding companies, I wouldn't begin to know how to recommend one - I don't recall which one I went with.

I just wanted to add that I think the three-day (or longer if you have the time) hike is well worth the extra time, versus the two-day trip. Spending a night in the micro-climate within the canyon was a wonderful experience for me, and gave our group time to relax a bit in the oasis on the bottom.

4. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

If you havent already booked somewhere to stay, you could do the following:

Stay at Colonial House Inn on 114 Puente Grau in Arequipa. Its a really nice hostel, very comfy beds and friendly staff. Just let them know what tours you want to go on and they will book it from the hostel for you. The next day you will be picked up by bus at the hostel - couldnt be easier!

The hostel is about $7 a night and they have pretty good breakfasts on the rooftop in the mornings!

Hope that helps.


5. Posted by WillStone (Budding Member 10 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Thanks alot everyone, sounds v.encouraging! :) That hostel sounds great, will check it out.


6. Posted by letsgoperu (Budding Member 4 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

You can eaisly book the tours in Arequipa.

You can take a city tour visiting: Santa Catalina Convent, The Cathedral, Main Square, districts of Yanahuara and Canyon.

In the second day you can go to Colca Canyon, in the route you can see the Pampa Cañahuas, there are a lot of vicuñas, you can visit Mirador de Chucura, Chivay Village and Calera thermal Baths.

The third day you can go to Cruz del Condor, where you can see the depth and majesty the Colca Canyon, as well as condors soaring.

In Arequipa, around the main square there are a lot of travel agencies that offer the city tours and excursions.



7. Posted by aespino (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Have you checked Casadeavila Hostel in Arequipa? They can fix accomodation and tours. Check their webpage or do registration in travellerspoint

8. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Did the 3 day/2 night Colca Canyon trek and it was fantastic.
The oasis on the last day/night is lovely and it doesn't feel rushed if you take the 3 day trip.
The walk in is easier than the walk out

9. Posted by stiltskin (Full Member 45 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Just a suggestion....its also possible to do the Colca Canyon without a tour group....maps are easy to come by, the paths well marked and easy to follow, accomodation cheap and easy to find. Most of the three day tours will make you get up at 2 in the morning to climb 1,500m before day break to see the condors. In my opinion, there are many other more civilised routes to see these amazing birds. And the guide on my tour was absolutely awful...barely saw the guy, and ended up going off on our own anyway. But other than that, the Colca Canyons spectacular....whether with or without a guide, it´s definitley worth it!