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Our most recommended Arequipa Region Volcano Activities

From Arequipa: Salinas Lagoon Full-Day Trip with Hot Springs

1. From Arequipa: Salinas Lagoon Full-Day Trip with Hot Springs

Discover the natural wonders of the Salinas Lagoon and the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reservation on this multi-stop day tour, including round-trip transportation from Arequipa. Surround yourself in nature and take a dip in the Lojen Hot Springs. Start bright and early with pickup directly from accommodation in Arequipa. Then start the journey to the Laguna de Salinas (Salinas Lagoon), making a few different stops along the way. After a 45-minute ride, arrive at your first stop: the Mirador de los Volcanes in the Chiguata District. From there, you’ll be able to observe the area’s representative volcanoes and take unbeatable photos. Reach the main square of Chiguata where its traditional holy spirit church is located. Take a seat and taste a traditional breakfast of the area (costs not included). In another hour, stop at Alto Simbral (4200 masl) where you can observe plants of the area such as queñua, areta, tola, and more. Arrive finally at the Salinas Lagoon where you’ll stay between 1 and 1.5 hours, making different stops to observe flamingos and water mirrors. The Salinas Lagoon is a high-salt Andean lake located at 4300 m. high within the protected Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reservation. Here, you’ll be surrounded by the volcanoes Misti, Ubinas, and Pichu Pichu. Afterward, head towards the Lojen Hot Springs and mini volcano to enjoy a relaxing bath (fees not included). After unwinding in the hot springs, return to Chiguata to have lunch (fees not included) and then start making your way back to the city of Arequipa. Arrive in the evening and get dropped off near the Plaza de Armas.

From Arequipa: Colca Canyon & La Calera Thermal Waters

2. From Arequipa: Colca Canyon & La Calera Thermal Waters

Travel to one of the deepest canyons in the world. Take the longest road in Yura, bordering the snowy Chachani mountain, towards Pampa Cañahuas Natural Reserve. Venture into the marshes of Tocra mountain, where you will see a variety of migratory birds, including flamingos. Pass by the crater of Chucura, a dormant volcano.  Stop at mirador de los volcanes, a viewing point where you can observe the western mountains. Arrive at the village of Chivay and journey to another viewing point, where you can watch the flight of the condors. Explore the villages of Pinchollo, Maca and Yanque on your way back. Enter into their beautiful churches and view the picturesque landscapes of the terraces in the valley.  Enjoy a thermal bath in La Calera Thermal Waters, where you will stay for an hour. Return to the town of Chivay and indulge yourself with a traditional lunch, before you depart for the city of Arequipa. 

Arequipa: Private Tour to The Ashlar Route

3. Arequipa: Private Tour to The Ashlar Route

Discover the origin of Arequipa's amazing architecture on this half-day tour through the Ashlar Route, also known as Rute del Sillar. The Añashuayco Quarry is located in the northeast of the city of Arequipa. This site originated more than 3 million years ago thanks to the intense lava and volcanic gas activity in the area. During your tour, you will see where hundreds of men extracted the white volcanic rock with which most of Arequipa's most important buildings, including the cathedral and old mansions, are made from. Explore the site and learn about the white stone´s extraction process. This place also presents evidence of the presence of the Wari Civilisation, whose members carved various petroglyphs on the stone. The local quarry workers have inherited the knowledge of cutting, carving, and extraction techniques from their ancestors.  At the end of the tour, you can acquire handcrafted artwork and souvenirs made from the white ashlar from Añashuayco. After the visit, you will be transferred back to your accommodation in the city.

Colca Canyon: 2-Day Tour from Arequipa to Puno

4. Colca Canyon: 2-Day Tour from Arequipa to Puno

Enjoy a Peruvian adventure seeing wildlife and natural wonders on this two-day tour from Arequipa to Puno.  Day 1: Arequipa to Chivay (Colca Canyon) In the morning, you will be met you at your hotel and taken on a stunning 4-hour journey to Chivay. Make sure to have your camera ready as you will stop at some incredible viewpoints including the Pampa Cañahuas Reserve. The reserve is home to many exotic Andean animals including vicuñas, alpacas, llamas, flamingos, ibis and the Andean eagle. You will see astounding landscapes as you drive past lakes, glaciers and some magnificent volcanoes, such as Ampato, Sabancaya, Huallca and Misti. You will reach the journey’s highest point of 4,800 meters (15,000 feet). In the afternoon, you will have a number of options to spend time at leisure. Stay at Chivay overnight. Day 2: Colca Canyon Tour and Tourist Coach to Puno You will be picked up from your hotel very early in the morning and taken to the most scenic places in the Colca Canyon. Your picturesque journey leads to the Mirador Cruz del Condor, the most famous viewing point to look into the depths of the Colca Canyon. Here, the canyon is around 1,200 meters deep, and you will have good chance to see a few condors flying, with the amazing canyon scenery in the background. From Chivay, the journey continues in a comfortable tourist coach to Lake Titicaca, the birthplace of the first Inca, Manco Capac. Along the way, you will be able to appreciate the scenic beauty of the Andes as you pass by lakes, lagoons, trout farms and Andean flamingos. When you reach the altitude of 4,850 meters (12,000 feet), you will have an unbelievable view of the highlands, before heading into Puno.

Arequipa: 2-Day Colca Canyon Tour

5. Arequipa: 2-Day Colca Canyon Tour

Day 1: Arequipa to Chivay Your tour begins are you are picked up at 8:00AM from your Arequipa hotel. From there, depart town in the destination of the snowy Chachani region. Spot wild vicunas, alpacas, and llamas along the way in the National Reserve of Pampa Cañahu, as well as birds such as flamingos, ibis, Andean geese, ducks, and eagles. Visit the viewpoint of volcanoes and snowy mountains in Patapampa, before arriving in Chivay, the capital of the Colca Valley. Once there, use your afternoon to relax before spending the evening in a 3-star hotel. Day 2: Colca Canyon to Arequipa Following an early morning breakfast at around 6:00AM, depart for a full-day excursion on the left side of the Colca Canyon. Visit beautiful towns like Yanque and Maca complete with colonial churches and friendly people who are happy to show you their traditional embroidered clothing. Encounter hundreds of pre-Inca terraces still used for the farming of Andean corn, quinoa, amaranth, and more. Following a further two hours of driving you'll reach La Cruz del Condor. There you can see the depth of the canyon as well as the flight of the magnificent condor. Enjoy some free time to watch the condors and explore the lookout, before you eventually return to Arequipa for an approximate 5:00PM arrival.

Sillar Stone: Morning Tour from Arequipa

6. Sillar Stone: Morning Tour from Arequipa

Appreciate the cutters of this stone in their daily tasks, as well as some samples of carvings. See where the masons take Ignimbrite and then patiently develop the Sillar. Discover in detail the preparation and learn the story behind the Sillar. Transfer from your hotel in Arequipa to the Culebrillas quarries (3km from the center of Arequipa), located in the district of Cerro Colorado and Yura. Finish with a transfer to the city of Arequipa back to your hotel.

Arequipa: City and Country Tour

7. Arequipa: City and Country Tour

Explore the beautiful city of Arequipa with an experienced local guide. See the Plaza de Armas and the streets of the Centro Historico. Look out over the city from the scenic overlook points of Yanahuara and Carmen Alto where you’ll have time to stretch your legs and take pictures of the Chili Valley and the Misti and Chachani Volcanoes. You'll also get to check out the Incalpaca Outlet, the mini-zoo inside it, and learn about the four types of South American camelids: llama, alpaca, vicuña, and guanaco. Visit the Sachaca district and the beautiful 19th-century church as well as the Balneario Tingo with its famous food including anticuchos and buñuelos. Travel the countryside along Via Paisajista to reach the 16th-century Mansion del Fundador and the Sabandia Mill where you'll have the opportunity to learn about the techniques used to process wheat with a stone mill. Before the end of the tour, admire the Andenes de Paucarpata, man-made platforms that create a microclimate system that allow for growing a large variety of products in each of the stands. Return to the city center at the end of your adventure.

From Puno to Arequipa: 2 Days/1 Night Colca Canyon Tour

8. From Puno to Arequipa: 2 Days/1 Night Colca Canyon Tour

Go on a two-day, one-night adventure from Puno to Arequipa with lodging in Chivay. Visit Lagunillas Lagoon, Patahuasi, Pampa Cañahuas, and La Calera Hot Springs, and take a guided tour around Colca Canyon. Enjoy scenic views and local wildlife encounters. Day 1: Puno, Chivay, and La Calera Hot Springs Get picked up from your hotel in Puno, then head toward Chivay. Visit Lagunillas lagoon, Patahuasi, and Pampa Cañahuas along the way. Get a chance to observe Andean animals, including herds of “vicuñas,” a type of Andean camelid. Upon arrival in Chivay, get a transfer to your hotel. Optionally, have lunch at the hotel or at one of the restaurants at the main square. Later, get picked from your hotel to visit La Calera Hot Springs (optional). At night, enjoy a dinner accompanied by a folkloric show. Day 2: Cruz del Condor, Colca Canyon, and Arequipa In the morning, get picked up from your hotel to travel to Colca Canyon. Arrive at Mirador Cruz del Condor, one of the best lookouts to see the impressive depth of Colca Canyon and the spectacular flight of the condor. Walk around with your guide and group. Later, return to Chivay and get free time for lunch. Then, depart to Arequipa and get dropped off at the main square or at a hotel around it.

From Arequipa: Anashuayco Guided Tour with Stone Carving

9. From Arequipa: Anashuayco Guided Tour with Stone Carving

Leave from Arequipa city at 8:30 am to visit the Añashuayco quarry and Culebrillas canyon, popularly known as the Sillar Route. From Añashuayco quarry the largest amount of white stone used in the constructions of Arequipa is extracted. Sillar is the form that is given to the volcanic rock called ignimbrite. The light colored ashlar is the reason why Arequipa is known as the white city. This stone is abundant in Arequipa and is a symbol of the city. This 4-hour tour is pretty exciting and in addition to learning about the ashlar you will also see beautiful sculptures carved on the walls. The workers who work in the quarry will take the time to teach you how to cut stone and you will also have the opportunity to do it.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 44 reviews

The guide and driver were very good with their job. However I feel there needs to be a warning for children especially because of the potential for altitude sickness on the drive. My son is 12 and he moved through it pretty good (vomiting 5 times) but the seven-year-old of the other family did not do so well. I feel there needs to be some information about how to prepare for altitude sickness. Otherwise the day and the adventure was amazing! And I really appreciated our guide and driver.

Even though it was a long day it was well worth it. I would only suggest shorten the stops for lunch and hot springs. We got back to Arequipa in the height of traffic and we sat in traffic too long after an already long bus ride.

Didn't know what to expect from this trip, but it was so cool! The condors were amazing to see, we learned so much, and the views were absolutely breathtaking. Awesome trip to take if you have the time, very worthwhile. Loved it!

Great tour masterfully guided by Carlos. Without a doubt the best guide we have had during our trip through Peru.

A very nice day trip that has a lot to offer in terms of landscape.