It’s not just the vastness and depth of the Colca that make it so fantastical, it’s the shifts in its mood. There are more scenery changes along its 100km passage than there are in most European countries; from the barren steppe of Sibayo, through the ancient terraced farmland of Yanque and Chivay, into the steep-sided canyon proper beyond Cabanaconde that wasn’t thoroughly explored until the 1980s. Of course one shouldn’t turn a blind eye to the vital statistics. The Colca is the world’s second-deepest canyon, a smidgeon shallower than near neighbour, the Cotahausi, and twice as deep as the more famous Grand Canyon in the US. But, more than that, it is replete with history, culture, ruins, tradition and – rather like Machu Picchu – intangible Peruvian magic.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Hotel Transfer
WEAR Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.
INCLUDED
Round-trip Transportation Meals (2b-1L-1D)
One night in the rustic hut Bi-Lingual Tour guide
Cooking Equipment
NOT INCLUDED
Entrance fees to visit the Canyon (70.00 soles) Optional visit to the Hot Springs (15.00 Soles)
Tips

PRICE

Fixed Departure Dates (March 2018 through January 2019):

We can leave any day of the week, as long as permits are available. Please remember, permits are only needed for your start date.

Day1
At 3:00/3:30 hrs. depending the location of your hotel) we will have departure to Cabanaconde in the Colca Canyon, about 6 hours driving from Arequipa. On the way we have a stop for breakfast, later we continue to La Cruz del Condor (this is the best place to see the Canyon and the Condors) here we have another stop, after we go 20 mim more by transportation, then our trek down hill starts. We trek downhill from 3.300 m.a.s.l. to reach the bottom (3 ½ hours approximately), at an altitude of 2.100 m.a.s.l. We will have lunch and some resting time in San Juan de Chuccho, a village with vegetation and some fruit trees. We continue to Cosñirhua and Malata little towns (beautiful places with vegetation, a museum, its very old Spanish style church, and very friendly local people). Then it is time to start the descending hike, this time to the deepest part of our trek to reach “Sangalle”, a village at the altitude of approximately 1.900 m.a.s.l. In this place you can enjoy the swimming pool of temperature water of about 20ºC. At night we will have dinner, and we stay overnight in bungalows made of bamboo.
 

Day2
At 05:00 a.m. we will start trekking uphill to Cabanaconde town with the help of torch lights (3 hours approximately). We will have breakfast in Cabanaconde. From there we will go to Chivay, on the way we will have a great view of pre-Inca terraces, some archaeological places and colonial towns amongst others views. Around noon we arrive in Chivay at the hot springs “La Calera”, with water temperatures of 38°C. In Chivay we will enjoy a typical lunch of the region. In the afternoon we will have transportation back to Arequipa. On the way we descend from 4.830 m.a.s.l. to 2.325 m.a.s.l. and pass through the national reserve and Pampa Cañahuas, habit of the four species of South American camel lides (llama, alpaca, vicuña and guanaco). At the end of the afternoon we arrive in Arequipa (approximately 18:00).

Light backpack
1 ½ litres of water (in all the villages we pass through there are small shops where it’s possible to buy water and other drinks)
 Suncream
Hat
Sunglasses
Trekking shoes or boots
Warm sweater or jacket
Shorts or pants for walking
Swimming suit
Sandals
Towel
Torch
Camera and enough batteries
Repellent
Toilet paper
Walking sticks

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Salkantay, Peru, Cusco, MachuPicchu, Rainbow Mountain, Trek, Lima, City Tour, paracas, isla ballestas, Manu, Machu Picchu, Iquitos, Pacaya,humantay, colca canyon
Salkantay, Peru, Cusco, MachuPicchu, Rainbow Mountain, Trek, Lima, City Tour, paracas, isla ballestas, Manu, Machu Picchu, Iquitos, Pacaya
Salkantay, Peru, Cusco, MachuPicchu, Rainbow Mountain, Trek, Lima, City Tour, paracas, isla ballestas, Manu, Machu Picchu, Iquitos, Pacaya,humantay, colca canyon
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Salkantay, Peru, Cusco, MachuPicchu, Rainbow Mountain, Trek, Lima, City Tour, paracas, isla ballestas, Manu, Machu Picchu, Iquitos, Pacaya,humantay, colca canyon
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