Tour to Pillones Waterfall and Stone Forest

A tour where you’ll explore the high Andean landscapes of the Salinas Aguada Blanca National Reserve, a protected natural area featuring plains and volcanoes on the horizon, with forests of queuña and yareta (two native species), wild vicuñas grazing freely, and flocks of resident and migratory birds.

This journey takes you away from the serene white city of Arequipa to delve into the rugged Andean geography and breathe the crisp mountain air. As you approach the rushing waters of Pillones waterfall, you’ll witness the Imata stone forest.

The proposal is laid out. All that’s left is for you to decide to join our tour. We’re confident you’ll have a great time exploring the forest and waterfall.


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Meeting point

If your hotel is located in the Historic Centre of Arequipa, our guide will pick you up at approximately 6:00 h Otherwise, we will assign you a meeting point.

Please make sure you are ready and prepared when they come to pick you up at your accommodation. Keep in mind that you should bring warm clothing, as the average altitude of Salinas Aguada Blanca National Reserve is 4300 m.a.s.l.

If you have any questions about the tour to Pillones waterfall and Imata stone forest, please contact us immediately. Our staff will be happy to assist you with providing precise information.

*To ensure you have no doubts about the conditions of our tour, we invite you to read the Details and Notes tab.

Pampa Cañahuas

It’s the perfect place to observe wild vicuñas, the fine South American camelid represented in the coat of arms of Peru. Timid and easily frightened, it’s important to avoid getting too close so as not to disturb them. Remember, we are intruders in their habitat.

In Pampa Cañahuas — two hours from Arequipa — there are not only vicuñas. In this realm of ichu grass (high-altitude grass), you’ll have exceptional views of the Chachani and Misti volcanoes. So, get your camera ready to capture the best shots.

Breakfast in Patahuasi

After satisfying your wanderlust with sightings of vicuñas and the volcanic views of Chachani and Misti, our tour transport will head towards Patahuasi, the chosen spot for breakfast.

Due to the rural nature of Patahuasi, breakfast options are basic. You can expect items like coca tea, coffee, tea, fruits, cereals, and so forth as part of the simple menu.

Imata Stone Forest

Time to walk! You’ll spend an hour strolling through the pampas, very close to the Arequipa-Juliaca-Puno highway, letting your imagination run wild as you play at finding shapes in the gigantic stones sculpted by wind and rain erosion.

Of volcanic origin, the stones of Imata showcase the geological evolution of the highlands and the creative force of nature, which has “chiseled” strange and whimsical shapes into the megalithic blocks of Imata.

Pillones Waterfall

Water on the pampas. Water at 4600 m.a.s.l. Water cascading from a height of 10 meters, eroding with the assistance of air, the walls of volcanic rock found in this section of the Salinas Aguada Blanca National Reserve.

In this place, there is also the possibility of observing vizcachas, a South American rodent that blends in with the rocks. With a bit of luck, you might capture a photograph and take home a beautiful image of Andean fauna.

Lunch in Patahuasi

We will take you to Patahuasi so you can enjoy a local lunch.

Please note that you won’t find sophisticated meals or gourmet options due to the characteristics and location of this high-altitude place.

Remember that the cost of lunch is not included in our service.

16:30 Ending point

After the simple yet comforting lunch in Patahuasi, we will return to Arequipa.

Our tour transport will take you back to the Historic Centre, very close to the Plaza de Armas, where you can easily return to your accommodation.

The approximate end time of the tour is 16:30.


The prices shown in the table are:

  • Per person in US dollars ($).
  • Pple. = people.
  • Group = group service, shared.
2 $30$110
3 $30$90
4 $30$80
5 $30$70
If your group is bigger, contact us.


Schedule6:00 to 16:30You decide
DaysEvery dayEvery day
Languagees/en simultaneouslyes or en
SizeSmall group: 6 to 15 pax.You and your friends
Pick up from your hotel
Local breakfast
Professional Guide-Driver
Tourist vehicle
Tickets for the Pillones waterfall: 5 Soles pp
Personalized service
Drop off at your hotel

Accessibility: Not suitable for people with reduced mobility.

What do I bring?

  • Sweaters
  • Rain ponchos
  • Anti-slip shoes
  • Caps or hats
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • A bottle of water
  • Local currency in cash for your entrance tickets
  • * Dollars, Euros and cards are not accepted
  • * You can buy the entrance tickets the same day of your tour



Pick-ups and timings:

Group tours:

  • Pick up times and tour ending times are approximate.
  • We will pick you up as long as you are in the historic center; otherwise, we will coordinate another meeting place.
  • If your hotel doesn’t have a car access, the streets are one-way only or there is a lot of car traffic, then you will walk some blocks to get in the bus.
  • We may not pick you up for some tours due to schedules, festivals and strikes.
  • When being picked up, we will call for your name, lastname and tour destination; otherwise, don’t get on the bus.
  • We will coordinate all pick-up time details one day prior your tour.

Private tours:

  • Your pick up time is sharp on time.
  • We will do our best to pick you up from your hotel regardless your hotel location.
  • We will coordinate all pick-up time details one day prior your tour.
  • Your tour ending time is still aproximate; however, we will do our best to end the tour on the scheduled time.

Vehicle type and seats:

Vehicle types — group tours and private tours:

  • We implement vehicles authorized by the Ministry of Transportation of Peru.
  • The type and size of vehicle will always depend on the group size.
  • We implement modern vehicles with air conditioning: H1, Van, Renault and Sprinter.

Seats — group tours:

  • You book a seat in the bus — you don’t necessarily book a specific number of seat.
  • If you are picked up first from your hotel, then you can can choose some seats.
  • Your pickup time will depend on your hotel location.
  • Travel partners or couples seat together to 95%; however, we don’t warranty this will happen to 100%.

Operability and itinerary:

This tour is subject to variation without any prior notice, due to weather conditions, strikes and any other event that doesn’t allow the normal tour operation.


The cancellation is free as long as you do it 48 hours in advance; otherwise, a fee of 100% of the tour cost will apply.


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