How To Get To The Colca Canyon
Getting to and from Arequipa
Peru’s second largest city can easily be reached by air or land. LAN, TACA, and Peruvian Airlines all fly into Arequipa’s Alfredo Rodríguez Ballón International Airport from Lima. The Terminal Terrestre and Terrapuerto bus stations located on Jacinto Ibañez have daily arrivals and departures to and from several Peruvian cities, including Lima, Cusco, and Puno.
If you’re arriving to Arequipa from the lowlands, it’s best to spend a day acclimatizing in the city before heading on to treks in the Colca Canyon.
From Arequipa to the Colca Canyon
The most popular mode of transport to the Colca Canyon is via an organized group or private tour. Our tours leave Arequipa early in the morning to make sure you make the most of your time in the canyon.
The ride from Arequipa to Cruz del Condor inside the canyon will take approximately three to four hours, including stops along the way to enjoy the scenery and snap photos.
Traveling around the Colca Canyon
Once inside the canyon, you can travel by colectivo (bus) to reach its main destinations. Catch a colectivo from the main plaza in Chivay to head to the thermal baths La Calera, located about 15 minutes outside of town. You can also take a colectivo from the plaza or a bus from the Terminal Terrestre in Chivay to reach Cruz del Condor, approximately a two hour ride. From Cruz del Condor, catch the next passing colectivo and get off 15 minutes down the road at Pampas San Miguel, the popular starting point of the Colca Canyon trek.
Colca Canyon tourist ticket
For those tours where a ticket is not included in the price of your tour, there is an entrance fee to access the Colca Canyon. The Colca Canyon ticket includes admission to various villages and sites within the canyon, including La Calera Thermal Baths and the towns of Chivay, Tapay, and Cabanaconde. You can pre-purchase this ticket in Arequipa or buy it upon arrival in Chivay. Make sure to have your passport with you at the time of purchase.
When to travel
The main tourism season in the Colca Canyon lasts from May through November. The region enjoys a favorable, arid climate during these months, which makes for smooth travel from Arequipa to the Colca Canyon.