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From Arequipa: 2-Day Trekking Tour to Colca Canyon

1. From Arequipa: 2-Day Trekking Tour to Colca Canyon

Embark on a 2-day trek to the Colca Canyon, twice as deep as the Grand Canyon and an incredible sight. Look out for more than 100 kinds of birds, over 300 types of plants and more than 30 types of cactus. Head to Condor’s Cross for the best viewpoint in South America for seeing the Andean Condor, a gracious bird that can have a wingspan of up to 3 meters and weigh up to 12 KG. Day 1: Arequipa - Chivay - Condor’s Cross - Sangalle After an early morning (around 3:00-3:30 AM) pick-up from your hotel, head to Cabanaconde in the Colca Canyon. This is approximately a 6-hour drive from Arequipa, and on the way you’ll stop for breakfast. Continue to Condor’s Cross for a panoramic view of the canyon and the famous Andean Condor. Arrive at the beginning of your trek and start a downhill hike for about 3-hour from 3,300 to 2,100 meters above sea level into the canyon. Upon arrival, have lunch and take some time to rest in San Juan de Chuccho. Continue your journey and pass by the towns of Cosñirhua and Malata. Hike further into the canyon until reaching Sangalle, the deepest part of the canyon and 1900 meters above sea level. Sangalle is a lush green oasis with a tropical microclimate and some simple accommodation. Here you can enjoy the swimming pool after a long day of hiking. Enjoy dinner and spend the night here Day 2: Sangalle - Cabanaconde - Chivay - Arequipa or Puno Leave early morning (around 5:00 AM), and start hiking uphill for about 3-hour back to Cabanaconde town using torch lights for illumination. Enjoy spectacular views of the sunrise and eat breakfast upon arrival at Cabanaconde.  Head towards Chivay, viewing pre-Inca terraces, archaeological ruins, and colonial towns on the way. Around noon, arrive at the hot springs. Optionally take a dip in the hot springs and relax in waters of 38°C. In Chivay, have a buffet lunch in a local restaurant (not included). After lunch, start your return to Arequipa. On the way, you will descend from 4830 to 2325 meters above sea level, passing by a national reserve and Pampa Cañahuas. This is is a habitat for the four species of South American camelids (llama, alpaca, vicuña, and guanaco). Arrive in Arequipa late afternoon and be dropped you off next to Santa Catalina Monastery. If you choose the option to be dropped off in Puno, you will leave from Chivay after having lunch. You’ll arrive around 6:45 PM in Puno. You will also make a stop in Pampa Cañahuas to have great views of the local landscapes.

From Arequipa: 3-Day Trekking Tour to Colca Canyon

2. From Arequipa: 3-Day Trekking Tour to Colca Canyon

Day 1: Arequipa - Condor’s Cross - San Juan de Chuccho Early morning pickup around 3:00-3:30 AM from your hotel. After driving for around 4 hours, stop in Chivay to have breakfast. Then, continue to one of the most popular points of the canyon, the Condor’s Cross. Stop for about 40 minutes to watch the condor flying. Drive for 20 more minutes to where your trek downhill begins. Hike downhill for approximately 4 hours until you reach San Juan de Chuccho. Have lunch, dinner and sleep overnight in the village of San Juan de Chuccho.  Day 2: San Juan de Chuccho - Malata - Sangalle Departure around 8:00 AM after breakfast. Continue hiking and pass by Cosñirhua town, where it is possible to see archaeological ruins left by Pre-Incan cultures. Reach Malata town and its old Spanish church. Then, continue hiking further into the canyon, until you reach Sangalle, the deepest part at an altitude of 1900 m. Sangalle is a lush green oasis with a tropical microclimate. Here you can enjoy the swimming pool after a long day of hiking. In the evening, have dinner and sleep overnight. Day 3: Sangalle - Cabanaconde - Chivay - Arequipa or Puno Leaving early morning around 5:00 AM, start hiking uphill for about 3 hours back to Cabanaconde town using torch lights. This part of the trek can provide spectacular views of sunrise. Have breakfast upon arrival, then head to Chivay. On the way, have a great view of pre-Inca terraces, some archaeological ruins and colonial towns. Around noon, arrive at the hot springs with water temperatures of 38°C, where you can relax in a warm bath. In Chivay, you can opt for a buffet lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, start your return to Arequipa. On the way, you will descend from 4830 meters to 2325 meters passing by a national reserve with llamas and alpacas. Arrive in Arequipa late afternoon and be dropped off next to Santa Catalina Monastery. If you choose the option to be dropped off in Puno, you will leave from Chivay after having lunch. After several hours travelling, arrive around 6:45 PM in Puno. You will also make a stop in Pampa Cañahuas to have great views of the local landscapes.

From Arequipa: Colca Canyon Full-Day Tour

3. From Arequipa: Colca Canyon Full-Day Tour

You'll be picked up around 3:00-3:30 AM from your hotel. After a 4-hour drive, stop in Chivay to have breakfast. Walk an easy trek for about 1 hour to arrive at the Condor’s Cross. Appreciate impressive views of the Colca Canyon and watch the majestic Andean Condor flying overhead.  On your way back to Chivay, explore Pinchollo, Maca and Yanque, three small local villages which have colonial churches, tombs and Pre-Incan terraces. Your next stop will be at a hot spring, before having a buffet lunch at a local restaurant in Chivay at your own expense. On the way back to Arequipa,visit Patapampa, an incredible viewpoint where you can see the Ampato, Sabancaya and Hualca Hualca volcanos. This is also the highest point that you will reach, with an altitude of 4800 meters above sea level. At the end of the tour, you'll be dropped off next to Santa Catalina Monastery in Arequipa. If you choose the option to be dropped off in Puno, you will leave from Chivay after having lunch. After several hours of travelling, arrive around 6:45 PM in Puno. You will also make a stop in Pampa Cañahuas to have great views of the local landscapes.

From Arequipa: 3-Day Colca Canyon Trek

4. From Arequipa: 3-Day Colca Canyon Trek

Begin your adventure with pick-up from your hotel at 3:00 AM arriving in the picturesque village of Cabanaconde at approximately 12:00 AM for lunch. Descend into the terraced landscapes of one of the world’s deepest canyons on a four hour trek that will end at the remote village of Llahuar. Enjoy the grandeur of the landscape, a dip in a natural hot spring or fish for wild trout. As evening falls, a well-earned dinner will be served. You may be able to taste a freshly caught trout supper before retiring to your rustic bungalow. Day 1: You will hike on a descent path from 3200 meters to 1200 meters in 4 hours approximately. After breakfast start towards Sangalle. Reach a point that allows a pristine panoramic view of last night’s rest point, Llahuar, and your destination, Sangalle. Notice Apachetas, age old towers of stones constructed by Andean wanderers, as a way of marking their trail. Lunch will be taken at Sangalle, where you'll be free to spend time lounging around the tropical oasis pool or exploring the banks of Colca River. Finally ascend to Cabanaconde, where you will overnight at the fantastic Kuntur Wassi Hotel.   Day 2: You will walk on a straight path for 3 hours and then go up from 1200 meters to 3200 in 3 hours. This day will be walked approximately 6 hours. Breakfast at the hotel before private transportation to Condor Cross. Arrive at one of the only vantage points in South America where you can see the magnificent flying Condor in its natural habitat. Perhaps you'll be able to feel the wingbeat of the condor rippling the air. In Yanque, you'll stop at a local family's house to eat and enjoy some Colca hospitality. Stop off at Chivay, if you wish, to peruse the town and again relax in some hot springs before arriving back at Arequipa at approximately 6:00 PM. Day 3: This day is a very easy day, where you will only walk 1 hour in total.

From Arequipa: Pillones Waterfall and Stone Forest Day Trip

5. From Arequipa: Pillones Waterfall and Stone Forest Day Trip

The first point we will visit is the town of Pampa de Arrieros and its old train station. Then continue, we make a stop in the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve for observation de vicuñas and in the Patahuasi sector to have a coca tea.Then we head towards the stone forest of Imata, starting the hike approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour, it is a natural place with strange rock formations and stone columns, where your imagination and diversification will have no limits, you will be given a prudent time to take pictures. Continuing the journey by car we arrive at the town of Pillones where the waterfall Pillones – is located. Upon reaching the falls, you will see rocks shaped by the erosion of the water, you can go down to the waterfall, once there you can enjoy this beautiful Natural scenery and also take pictures. Finally we return to the city of Arequipa.

From Arequipa: Colca Canyon Two-Day Tour

6. From Arequipa: Colca Canyon Two-Day Tour

On the first day, you will be transferred out of the city via Yura to enter the Pampa Cañahuas Reserve, which is an extensive plain where you can see vicuñas, the beautiful Andean camelid and national symbol. Then you will continue to Vizcachani, up to the crater of the Chucura volcano and on to Los Andes Viewpoint at Patapampa, which is 4800 meters above sea level. From there, you will have a perfect view of the imposing volcanoes that surround Arequipa. Your morning will end with lunch at the village of Chivay. Then you have free time to visit the city or relax at your hotel. The next day will start with a delicious breakfast at the hotel to prepare you for what that day has to bring. You will visit the Condor Cross to see the Colca Valley, one of the deepest canyons in the world, at more than 4 kilometers in the deepest area. At this natural viewpoint, you will be able to see the amazing condor flight only a few meters away from you. On the way back to Chivay, pass through the villages of Pinchollo, Maca, Achoma, and Yanque and the viewpoints at Antahuilque and Choquetico. Finally, you will stop to enjoy a very good meal before returning to Arequipa.

From Arequipa: 3-Day Colca Canyon Private Tour with Meals

7. From Arequipa: 3-Day Colca Canyon Private Tour with Meals

Discover another side of the Colca Canyon and marvel at the beauty of the landscape. Llahuar is a small town located between the Colca River and the Huaruro River, the union of these 2 rivers creates an impressive landscape and the noise they generate is incredible. This tour is perfect for those who prefer to do a private tour and walk where others don't. Also, as it is a 3-day tour, travelers will have time to really enjoy nature and learn more about Colca. Every day you will walk approximately 4 to 5 hours and the rest of the day you can just rest and enjoy the swimming pools and nature. To make this tour more affordable, the only service you will share with other travelers will be the transportation from and to Arequipa, the rest of the trip will be private so you can really enjoy the canyon.

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Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 3 reviews

We had a fantastic time on the trek. The guide Percy was extremely knowledgeable and happy to teach us about the area. He went above and beyond to make sure everyone was enjoying themselves, safe, and getting all they could from the experience. Lots of encouragement and tips about trekking. He even lent me his walking sticks at the end when I was struggling a little to ascend. The accommodations were basic but totally acceptable - clean and comfortable. Meals were excellent - especially lunch the last day. Passionfruit mousse - WOW! The hot springs were a glorious way to end. We even saw a volcano erupt (from a far). Icing on the cake for me were the alpaca and vicuña herds - just amazing. Overall a really excellent activity and I highly recommend.

The 2-day trek was an amazing experience! We really enjoyed trekking this beautiful canyon and our guide Percy was extremely experienced and passionate. In our opinion, it is not stressed enough that this hike is very challenging and better for experienced hikers, however we were aware of this as we compared different travel agencies and so it was not a problem for us. There is an option to go up with a donkey if you want. The food and accommodation were basic but good. Thanks for the incredible trip!

Unfortunately I couldn't go any further after the first stage. David our guide took a lot of time to organize other options for me so in the end it was a really great experience despite all the odds. So even when something didn't work out, and in that case it was of course only up to me, something fantastic would come of it. Thank you very much!

The tour was well organized and was great fun. The hike was more strenuous than expected, but the view was breathtaking and you quickly recovered from the exertion in the hot springs. Meals were delicious and big enough. The guide did a great job and provided us with lots of interesting information.

A very well organized and qualitative tour! Clear and interesting explanations by our guide Percy (thanks to him :) The trek was well organized, everyone could go at their own pace, we came across a super nice group! The meals were good, the accommodation was great and the landscapes beautiful :))