No matter if youâ€™re wanting to explore Arequipa, CaÃ±Ã³n del Colca or Cotahuasi Canyon, chances are youâ€™ll go with an outfit based in the city. Few guides operate in the other areas. Arequipa-based agencies offer city and gastronomic tours in double-decker buses, and day trips and multi-day trekking expeditions out to Colca Canyon. Many also offer adventure excursions near the city for hiking, climbing, mountain-biking, whitewater rafting or horseback riding.
Beware of unregistered ticket vendors and tour agencies trying to sell you fake entrance tickets and all-in-one package deals to the canyon. For whatever tour you take, be sure you get a receipt that has a clear logotype that is printed and not stamped. By law, tour operators must reveal all that is included in a tour package. Ask very pointedly what will and will not be included.