The Colca Canyon Trek 3d/2n - Ascend Adventure Travel
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Trip Notes
Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult

Duration: 3d/2n

Distance: 20 kilometers/12.5 miles

  • Descend into the Colca Canyon, the deepest canyon in the world!
  • Discover the beautiful desert oasis of Sangalle and cool off in the pool
  • Native traditions and rural home-stays in Colca’s villages
  • Visit the “Cruz del Condor” Overlook and see the magnificent flight of the condor
  • Soak in the hot springs in Chivay
  • All shuttles/transportation (we will take a public bus to and from Cabanaconde)
  • Bilingual and experienced trekking guide
  • 2 nights lodging (Day 1 San Juan Chuccho and Day 2 Sangalle – bathrooms are shared)
  • Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Admission fee to the Canyon ($11US)
Not Included:
  • Entrance to the hot springs in Chivay (S/10 Peruvian Soles or approx. $4US)
  • Drinks, snacks and water (water can be purchased along the trail or boiled at the lodges)
  • Lunch in Chivay on the 3rd day (between S/20-25 Peruvian Soles)
  • Breakfast in Cabanaconde the 1st day (between S/10-15 Peruvian Soles)
  • Tips
  • Personal porter or donkey to carry your backpack (can be hired)
Packing List:
  • Comfortable hiking shoes
  • Flashlight, Camera and extra batteries
  • Backpack for water, snacks and clothing
  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Waterproof jacket or poncho (Depending on weather)
  • Snacks: Candy or energy bars
  • Cash in Peruvian Soles or $US
  • Bathing suit for the pool and hot springs
  • Walking poles (suggested)
  • Insect repellent and towel
  • Toilet paper and other personal toiletries
Possible Extensions/Upgrades:
  • Hotels can be arranged for Arequipa and Chivay
  • Personal porter or donkey (inquire for pricing)
  • 4 day canyon treks available for more experienced trekkers who want to explore more of the area

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The Colca Canyon Trek 3d/2n

In this trek we will get up close and personal with the Colca Canyon, the deepest canyon in the world. In this exciting adventure, we will descend deep into the canyon, pass through native towns, emerge upon a lush desert oasis, soak in steamy hot springs, observe incredible geological formations, – all the while accompanied by splendid views of the colossal peaks lining the canyon. On the last day, we will ascend out of the canyon to the “Cruz del Condor,” where we will see the famed flight of the condor.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arequipa – Cabanaconde - San Juan de Chuccho

We will depart Arequipa early (3:00 – 3:30 AM) and get on our way to the Colca Valley. Our first stop is the town of Chivay – the largest in the Colca Canyon. We will stop here for a quick breakfast before heading to our trailhead at the small town of Cabanaconde. Our trek begins at an elevation of 3,280 meters (approx. 10,700 ft.).  From here, we will begin our descent to the canyon floor and observe the shift in ecology from the high Andean desert to the lush canyon inner canyon. We will hike approximately 4 hours until we arrive to the suspension bridge over the Colca River as we reach the town of San Juan de Chuccho.  We will spend the night in family home-stays in this quaint Andean town. We will have time to interact with the locals and enjoy a traditional dinner before turning in for the night in the rustic, yet clean accommodations.

Walking distance: 6-8 kilometers, or 4-5 miles depending on community homestay

Day 2
San Juan de Chuccho - Sangalle Oasis Town

After a delicious breakfast with the locals of San Juan of Chuccho, we will start out again on the trail, now climbing gradually above the Colca River Valley. During our ascent, we will pass through the communities of Malata, Coshñirhua – and take a steep detour to the town Tapay (high up on a cliff) and enjoy the scene of their proudly displayed native traditions and rustic architecture. You will see what it means to be one with the Earth as we look out upon the terraced fields and see first-hand the ancient farming techniques in use for generations. Accompanied with the views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks, Andean wildlife and absence of any indication of the civilized world – take a moment to take it all in. After about 3 hours of hiking, we will begin our descent back towards the Colca River, finally arriving at the refreshing desert oasis of Sangalle. The lush tropical atmosphere of the oasis is a strong contrast to the desert walls of the canyon – and a chance to jump into the pool, explore nearby abandoned mines and waterfalls, and enjoy the wonderful climate before settling into one of the camping lodges for the night.

Walking distance: 6-8 kilometers, or 4-5 miles depending on starting point

Day 3
Sangalle – Cruz del Condor - Chivay - Arequipa

On the last day of our adventure, we will get up early and begin our ascent out of the canyon and back towards civilization. After a three-hour ascent to the town of Cabanaconde (on a different trail), we will cool off and meet up with our van and head towards the nearby Cruz de Condor observation point.  On most days, we can observe the Flight of the Condor, as the giant birds soar over the deep canyon. After visiting the overlook for 1 hour, we will continue by bus to get to the town of Chivay, were we will be able to soak in the hot springs and get a buffet lunch before heading back to Arequipa. At 1:00 PM, we will head back to Arequipa on the bus and get back around 5:00 PM. We will say our goodbyes and take you to your hotel or other departure point. This concludes the Colca Canyon trekking experience!

Distance Travelled: 6 kilometers or 4 miles








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