Colca Canyon trekking

2 Days

Overview

The Colca Canyon is located in the northeast of Arequipa. The second deepest canyon of the world is located on approximately 5 hours by bus from Arequipa. Because of that, day visitors have to leave very early Arequipa to have the best impression of the Canyon as the best time to visit is around 08:00 am to spot the condors. In addition, the 2-day hike into the valley starts at 03:00 am! The highest point of the top is the snowy Ampato at 6300 meters high while the lowest point of the valley is 970 meters high. This is where 2 rivers: the Colca and the Andamayo come together. The Colca Canyon includes a green valley with terraced agriculture that predates before the Inca’s. Due to its terraces, the Colca Valley represents one of the most impressive cultural landscapes of the continent. The valley has a great diversity of flora and fauna, highlighting of course the condor. For all visitors to Peru, this is a must see! No matter if you do the 1 or 2 day guided tour to the Cruz del Condor or if you would like to hike down into the valley until the oasis. 

Itinerary

Day 1 :

Pick up from their hotels or hostels from 3 am. After 3 hours of drive, we will stop at the first town Chivay, and we will have the 1st breakfast. We will continue with our tour towards the Cruz del Condor, in this place we will enjoy for a time of 45 minutes of the fabulous flight of the Condors. Then continue to the town of Cabanaconde located at 3287 meters, where we will start our trek through the canyon. From Cabanaconde we will descend 3 hours of zigzagging path to the town of San Juan de Chuccho located at 2200 meters above sea level, here we will enjoy a typical lunch. We will continue our journey from the town of San Juan to the Oasis De Sangalle for a period of three hours of walk. In the Sangalle Oasis we will enjoy the pool and then spend the night.

Day 2 :

We start our journey at 04:45 in the morning, previously coordinated with the guide to start the 3 hours ascent to Cabanaconde. Once at the top, we will have breakfast at the agreed restaurant. Afetr breakfast we return to the district of Chivay making some stops as: 1) Mirador de Antahuilque where we can appreciate the Inca terraces and the valley of the colca. 2) Hot springs, where we can enjoy its relaxing waters for a period of 1 hour. Lunch in Chivay. After lunch, we return to Arequipa city making the following stops: 1) Volcanoes viewpoint, where we can appreciate the SANBANCAYA volcano that is currently active, HUALCAHUALCA and AMPATO. 2) In the national reserve where we can appreciate the wildlife (vicunas, llamas, alpacas, birds and others). Continuing with our tour, we arrive at the city of Arequipa at approximately 5:30 pm. Drop off location at two blocks from the main square.

Included

  • Pick up from hotel
  • Tourist transport
  • Guide
  • Lodging in Sangalle
  • Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
  • Swimming pool in Sangalle

Excluded

  • Tourist ticket (S/. 70)
  • Hot spring entrance (S/. 15)
  • Last lunch in Chivay
  • Snacks
  • Water
What to bring

– Sunblock and repellent
– Cap and sunglasses
– Light clothes and warm clothes
– Swimwear
– Waterproof jacket (January-April)
– Video camera
– Flashlight

Notes

– Not recommended for people with heart problems or pregnant women.
– It is recommended to have good physical condition.
– Groups are among 10 to 12 people per guide.

Cancellation policies

– Changes or cancellations are accepted up to 48 hours in advance.
– Cancellations made after 48 hours, a 25% penalty will be charged for administrative expenses.
– In case of NO SHOW, 100% of the tour payment will be charged.

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Colca Canyon trekking
From $70
/ Adult

Availability

Please contact us first to check the availability of your trip. Especially trips to Machu Picchu are restricted due to permits and maximum amount of visitors per day and availability of train tickets. So please ask us first to confirm and you can go ahead and book your tour with us!