2  DAY  TREK / COLCA CANYON 

Price: 140 soles / 43 USD

Departure time: 3:00 hrs

Return time: 17:30 hrs

Transfer to Puno: 115 soles / 35 USD (optional)

      Did you know?

  • The Colca Canyon is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon.

  • The area surrounding the Canyon is famed for its traditional and colourful towns which we will pass by along the way.

  • In the Canyon you can find over 100 kinds of birds, over 300 types of plants and more than 30 types of cactus.

  • The highest point of the Canyon is Ampato at 6388 masl. These snow-capped peaks form an impressive backdrop to the Canyon.

  • The Andean Condor can weigh up to 12 kg with a wingspan of over 3 meters! The Condor's Cross viewpoint is famed as the best place in South America to see the Andean Condor flying.

Detailed Itinerary 2 Day Trek:

Day 1: Arequipa City to Chivay to Condor’s cross to Sangalle, between 03:00 & 03:30 hrs, we depart to Cabanaconde in the Colca Canyon, which is about a 6 hour drive from Arequipa. On the way we stop for breakfast and then continue to the Condor's cross which is the best place to watch the Canyon and the famous Andean Condor. We drive 20 more minutes to start our trek downhill. We hike downhill for about 3 hours from 3300 masl to 2100 masl into the Canyon.

Upon arrival, we have lunch and some time to rest in San Juan de Chuccho, a village with vegetation and some fruit trees. Then we continue and pass by some towns as Cosñirhua and Malata, then it's time to start hiking even further into the Canyon, this time into the deepest part of the Canyon to reach “Sangalle” a village at an altitude of 1900 masl. In Sangalle you can enjoy the swimming pool after a long day hiking. We arrive to Sangalle at 17:00 hrs. At night, we have dinner and sleep in bungalows near the oasis.

Day 2: Sangalle to Chivay to Arequipa City At 05:00 hrs, we start hiking uphill for about 3 hours to Cabanaconde town using torch lights. That part of the trek can provide spectacular views as we hike during the sunrise. We have breakfast in Cabanaconde and then head to Chivay. On the way, we have a great view of pre-Inca terraces, some archaeological ruins and colonial towns amongst other views. Around noon, we arrive to the hot springs, with water temperatures of 38°C (optional). In Chivay, we have a buffet lunch in a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, we have transfer back to Arequipa. On the way, we descend from 4830 masl to 2325 masl and pass by a national reserve and Pampa Cañahuas, which is a habitat for the four species of South American camelids (llama, alpaca, vicuña and guanaco). At 17:30 hrs we arrive in Arequipa and drop you off next to Santa Catalina Monastery.

Included:

  • Pick up from your hotel / hostel in the center of Arequipa.

  • Round trip tourist transportation / van or minibus.

  • Meals (2 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner).

  • English speaking trekking guide.

  • One night in the lodge. Shared bathroom / upgrade to room with private bathroom available for 30 soles per person.

  • Towel rental available for 5 soles.

Not included:

  • Entrance ticket to the Canyon: 20 soles (Peruvians), 40 soles (Latinoamericans) and 70 soles (other countries).

  • Entrance to the Hot Springs: 15 soles / optional.

  • Last lunch in Chivay / The guide will direct you to a buffet restaurant which costs 30 soles / optional.

What to bring:

  • Photocopy of passport.

  • 2 to 3 liters of water for day 1.

  • Sunscreen.

  • Hat, sunglasses.

  • Waterproof jacket.

  • Warm layers, sweater or jacket.

  • Swimming suit.

  • Flashlight / headtorch.

  • Basics like toilet paper.

  • Snacks.

  • Insects repellent.​​

  • Money for drinks.

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