Chivay Travel Guide

Chivay Sports & Activities

Most organized adventure-sports activities should be arranged from Arequipa or Cusco, especially rafting and multiday treks into the canyon. Many upper-tier hotels and resorts in the canyon offer packages, have their own tour guides, and have activities like horseback riding and mountain-bike rentals. If you wait to organize a guide until you get to the canyon, you may have trouble finding an English-speaking guide. Therefore, tours are best booked through an agency ahead of time.


Bring lots of water (the valley has water, but it's more expensive, as it's "imported" from Arequipa), sunscreen, a hat, good hiking shoes,...

White-Water Rafting

The Río Colca is finicky. Highly skilled paddlers long to run this Class IV–V river. Depending upon the season, the water level, and the seismic...


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