Private Arequipa & Colca Canyon Trek
6 Days From $2,794
See the mummy of the ice maiden, Juanita.
Visit a colonial monastery.
Hike in the Colca Canyon.
Spot majestic Andean condors circling right overhead.
Day 1: Arrive in Arequipa
Arrive in Arequipa. Your guide meets you at the airport and accompanies you to the hotel to help you check in.
Hotel: La Casa de Melgar or similar
Day 2: Explore the White City
Start your day with a visit to the Santa Catalina Monastery. Stepping through the doors of this four-centuries-old monastery feels like stepping back in time. Your guide will walk you through the maze-like structure and tell you stories about what life was like behind the cloistered walls.
Stroll through the Plaza de Armas, Arequipa’s picturesque main square, on your way to visit the Sanctuaries Museum. At the museum, you can see the mummy of Juanita curled up as if she were sleeping. As a teenager, she was sacrificed to the Inca gods and buried at nearly 21,000 feet on the icy slopes of Mount Ampato. Time Magazine cited her discovery in 1995 as one of the world’s top 10 discoveries that year.
Then, explore the peaceful neighborhood of Yanahuara. The San Juan Bautista Church sits on the main square. Its façade is constructed of finely sculpted white ash from the nearby volcanoes. A series of stone arches frame the white city of Arequipa below.
Travel to Carmen Alto, a small town surrounded by checkerboard farming terraces dating from the time of the Inca. You can also see three big volcanoes in the distance while you enjoy a picnic lunch.
Top off your day with a visit to Intiwawa, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting poverty.
Finally, tour the 16th century flourmill and country estate built of volcanic rock at Sabandia to see what life was like for the gentry during colonial times.
Enjoy a light dinner on the balconies of one of the many restaurants surrounding the square.
Meals: Breakfast at your hotel, picnic lunch, dinner
Hotel: Casa de Melgar or similar
Day 3: Hike into the Colca Canyon
Grab an early breakfast at your hotel before you embark on the drive to Colca Canyon. Enjoy the breathtaking views as you spot vicunas grazing alongside the road in the shadow of the volcanoes.
This afternoon hike into the depths of the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest in the world.
Meals: Breakfast at your hotel, lunch, and dinner
Hotel: Home stay
Hiking Details: 4.5 miles, 4 hours, altitude of 10,826 to 7,281 feet
Day 4: Hike Colca Canyon
Hike across the rolling base of the canyon through remote communities. See how people live in this remote and beautiful corner of Peru.
Spend the afternoon relaxing as you lounge by the pool at the oasis.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Hotel: Las Palmeras or similar
Hiking Details: 3.75 miles, 3 to 4 hours
Day 5: Climb the Canyon and Spot Andean Condors
Grab a quick bite to eat and a cup of coffee before you start the ascent up the canyon wall before the sun rises.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast in Cabanaconde. Then, drive to the Cruz del Condor where you can spot condors circling right overhead, some almost close enough to touch.
Head back to Chivay for lunch and then embark on the return trip to the sparkling city of Arequipa.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Hotel: Casa de Melgar or similar
Hiking Details: 2.5 miles, 3 to 4 hours, 7,218 to 10,826 feet
Day 6: Transfer to the airport
We take you to the airport for the next leg of your journey.
Prices for 2019
2 to 4 people – $3,132/person
5 to 8 people – $2,794/person
Solo travelers – contact us.
Included In Price
Accommodations – double occupancy
English speaking guides
Entrance fees for scheduled tours
Ground transportation according to the itinerary
Meals specified in the itinerary
Excluded From Price
Meals not specified by the itinerary
Travel insurance (required)
Best time to go is April through October.