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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.

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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.

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3 Day Trekking into Colca Canyon from Arequipa

3. 3 Day Trekking into Colca Canyon from Arequipa

Day 01: Arequipa – San Juan de Chuccho (B, L, D) This day we’ll depart Arequipa Very early in order to arrive in Chivay– this early day is necessary to give us the best chance of seeing the Condors later in the morning. In Chivay we have a continental breakfast before departing by bus for the 'Cruz Del Condor'. At this lookout point you can enjoy stunning views of Colca Canyon and hopefully see the impressive Andean condors soaring above the void. After our fill of the Condors we descend into the Canyon, visiting a couple of pretty villages along the way. We have lunch in the village of San Juan de Chuccho, where we also relax for the afternoon, have dinner and spend the night in the Local accommodation Day 02: San Juan De Chuccho – Oasis (B, L, D) In our second day we’ll have early breakfast and departure from San Juan de chuccho to The Oasis.  This morning we head to a beautiful Oasis in the Sangalle Valley.  On the way we visit the villages of Cosñirhua and Malata and learn a little about the flora and fauna of this unique natural zone.  At the oasis we’ll have a lunch, bathe in the swimming pool, have dinner and stay the night in Bungalows Day 03: Oasis – Chivay – Arequipa (B, L) Start the way up 5:00am and get the top around 9:00am, go for breakfast, and back to Chivay by bus. In the Last day of the Tour We’ll have even earlier breakfast to allow departure from Sangalle , We’ll climb to Cabanaconde village where our breakfast will wait for us ,after our stay for few hours in Cabanaconde. Our Transportation with take us to Chivay .On the way we will make a stop to see Inca and pre-Inca agricultural terraces from the view point WAYRAPUNKU. In CHIVAY you have the option of visiting the Thermal Bath for one hour. The medicinal water has a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius. Afterward we’ll have lunch in CHIVAY before return to AREQUIPA. Next stop will be in Los Andes viewpoint to see the HualcaHualca, Sabancaya and Ampato volcanoes, and after a while the National Park Salinas and Aguada Blanca where is possible see llamas, alpacas and vicuñas, and finally arrived at Arequipa.

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What people are saying about Chivay

I learned from fellow travelers that I overpaid for this trip by booking in advance online. Better to do in Arequipa plaza de armas a few days prior. In talking to others about it, it sounds like lots of different companies skim profit from bookings...kind of discouraging. Had problems getting a confirm to be picked up, even though I was staying in central historic Arequipa. I was picked up and when got to Chivay had a horrible breakfast of instant coffee and cold bread. Then it was very unclear who my guide was, if I was with the right group or not. That being said, once I was with my group, our guide was a sweet young man who did his best to make sure everyone was okay. Food from then on was excellent. The canyon hikes were amazing and met some really nice people. Suggest bringing book or e-reader to fill down time in the canyon. No Wi-Fi of course.

Very nice activity. For those who want to surpass themselves. I advise in 3 days to appreciate the visual experience and for those who are more beginners as for treking. The Fabian guide is excellent. Good knowledge of the path, mixes with the group and good knowledge of plants. Thanks to the whole José team

The guide was amazing and the whole trip was nice and well organized.

We found out that we have paid much more than the other people on the group, yes we had everything included, but this not explain how much more we paid.

Very well organized, adorable guides, facilitates good meetings.