COLCA CANYON / 3 DAY TREK

S/170
Arequipa, Peru

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arequipa City to Condor’s Cross to San Juan de Chuccho Pick up from your hotel or hostel is between 03:00 am to 03:30 am and depart from Arequipa. After driving 3.5 hours, we stop in Chivay to have breakfast. Later, we continue to one of the most popular points of the canyon, “Condor’s Cross,” where we stop for about 30 minutes to watch the Condors flying. We continue for another 20 minutes by bus, then our trek downhill begins. We trek downhill from 3300 meters above sea level to reach the bottom which takes approximately 3 hours, at an altitude of 2100 meters above sea level. We have lunch, dinner and stay overnight in San Juan de Chuccho village which has a tropical climate with a lot of vegetation. The accommodation is a basic room.

Day 2: San Juan de Chuccho to Malata to Oasis 08:00 am after breakfast, we continue to town Cosñirhua to see the production of honey made by the local people and taste the honey. It is possible to see archaeological ruins left by Pre-Inca cultures around the area. Going on, we reach the town Malata and its old Spanish church design. Then we descend to the deepest part of our trek to Sangalle Village at 1900 meters above sea level.

Dinner and overnight in bungalows.

Day 3: Cabanaconde to Chivay to Arequipa City 05:00 am trek uphill to Cabanaconde which takes approximately 3 hours. On arrival, we have breakfast in Cabanaconde and then take our transport to Chivay on the way back to Arequipa. At approximately 12:00 pm we arrive to Chivay towards the hot springs.

In Chivay, we have a typical lunch of the region and then head back to Arequipa. On the way back, we descend from 4830 meters above sea level to 2325 meters above sea level passing through a National Reserve called Pampa Cañahuas, which is habitat for the 4 kinds of South American camelids. (Llama, Alpaca, vicuña and guanaco). We return to Arequipa at approximately 17:30 pm.

This tour includes:

Round trip tourist transportation – private bus so your seat is always reserved.
Meals (3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners).
English speaking trekking guide.
Two nights in the rustic huts.
First aid medicine kit.

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.Tips for the tour guide.

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.