Arequipa, Peru

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arequipa City to Chivay to Condor’s cross to Sangalle, between 03:00 am and 03:30 am, we depart to Cabanaconde in the Colca Canyon, which is about a 6 hours drive from Arequipa. On the way we stop for breakfast and later continue to La Cruz del Condor which is the best place to watch the Canyon and the famous Andean Condor birds. From there, we continue another 20 minutes by bus to start our trek downhill. We trek downhill for approximately 3 ½ hours from 3300 meters to 2100 meters 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. From there, we continue to the small towns of Cosñirhua and Malata, then it’s time to start hiking even further into the Canyon, this time into the deepest part of the trek to reach “Sangalle” a village at an altitude of approximately 1900 meters. There you can enjoy the warm swimming pool to relax after a long day hiking. We arrive to Sangalle at approximately 17:00 pm. At night, we have dinner and sleepover in bungalows near the oasis.

Day 2: Sangalle to Chivay to Arequipa City At 05:00 am, we start trekking uphill for approximately 3 hours to the town of Cabanaconde with the help of torch lights. This part of the trek can provide spectacular views as we trek during the sunrise. We have breakfast in Cabanaconde, from there we 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 Chivay at the hot springs, with water temperatures of 38°C (optional). In Chivay, we enjoy a typical local lunch if you want.

In the afternoon, we have transportation back to Arequipa. On the way, we descend from 4830 meters to 2325 meters and pass through a national reserve and Pampa Cañahuas, which is a habitat for the four species of South American camelids (llama, alpaca, vicuña and guanaco). At the end of the afternoon, we arrive to Arequipa between 17:00 pm – 18:00 pm and we drop you off at Calle Santa Catalina, next to Santa Catalina Monastery.

This tour includes:

Round trip tourist transportation – private bus so your seat is always reserved.
Meals (2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner).
English speaking trekking guide.
One night in the lodge. Shared bathroom – upgrades to room with private bathroom available for S/.30 soles.
Towel rental available for S/.5 soles.

This tour doesn’t include:

Entrance ticket to Canyon: S/.70 soles – not included on any tour.
Entrance to the Hot Springs: S/.15 soles – Optional.
Last lunch in Chivay – Operators will direct you to a buffet restaurant which costs S/. 30 soles. That is optional.

What to bring

  • Photocopy of passport and immigration card (TAM).​
  • Light backpack.
  • 2 to 3 liters of water for day 1.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Hat, sunglasses.
  • Snacks (Breakfast on the last day is after the early morning hike out of the Canyon).
  • Insects repellent.
  • Personal medications (if necessary).​
  • Money for drinks.
  • Trekking shoes or boots.
  • Waterproof jacket.
  • Warm layers, sweater or jacket (temperature reach lows of -10 Celsius)
  • Shorts or pants for walking.
  • Swimming suit, sandals, towel (swimming pools in the oasis and thermal baths in Chivay are on the way back to Arequipa).
  • Flashlight / headtorch (Early trek out of the Canyon starts at 5am).
  • Basics like toilet paper, etc.