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From Arequipa: 2-Day Trekking Tour to Colca Canyon

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Activity provider: Trek The Colca

From Arequipa: 2-Day Trekking Tour to Colca Canyon

Activity provider: Trek The Colca

From US$ 99 per person

Take a 2-day trekking tour to Colca Canyon and explore one of the largest canyons in the world. Have the option to finish the tour in Puno or Arequipa

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Duration 2 days
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
3:00-3:30 AM: Pickup from hotels located at downtown Arequipa (near Plaza de Armas) 3:30-3:45 AM: Pickup from hotels located at San Lazaro, Vallecito and Yanahuara
Small group
Limited to 18 participants

Experience

Itinerary
48 hours
  • Arequipa

  • Cabanaconde (breakfast)

  • Mirador Cruz del Cóndor (hiking, view)

  • Colca Canyon (hiking)

    • Extra fee
  • San Juan de Chuccho (lunch, free time)

  • Sangalle (dinner, swimming)

  • Cabanaconde (breakfast, hiking)

  • Chivay (lunch, hot spring)

    • Optional
    • Extra fee
  • Pampa Cañahuas National Reserve (view)

  • Arequipa

Pickup included
Main stop
Other stop
Highlights
  • Enjoy an impressive 2-day trekking tour through one of the deepest canyons in the world
  • Disconnect from the city and fully enjoy the nature that surrounds this valley
  • Arrive at the Condor's Cross and watch the condors flying over your head
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Pickup and drop-off from your hotel in Arequipa (if option is chosen)
  • Pickup from your hotel in Arequipa and drop-off in Puno (if option is chosen)
  • Meals: 2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
  • Bilingual English and Spanish-speaking guide
  • 1-night accommodation in a lodge with shared room up to 4-people and shared bathroom
  • Drinks
  • Entrance ticket to Colca Canyon = 20 soles for Peruvian citizens / 40 soles for Latin American citizens / 70 soles for citizens of other countries (payable locally)
  • Entrance to the Hot Springs = 15 soles per person (payable locally)
  • Lunch in Chivay on last day (around 30 soles per person)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 2 years
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with low level of fitness

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimwear
  • Snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries
  • Cash
  • Flashlight

Know before you go

  • Accommodation will be in a very simple lodge, in shared rooms up to 4 people. The local partner will try their best to accommodate groups and couples together. Bathrooms are outside the rooms and shared.
  • If you select the option to finish the tour in Puno, please consider that you can only take one piece of luggage and your backpack on the tour
  • Children less than 2 years old are not allowed in this tour
  • This tour is physically demanding and is not suitable for people with mobility impairments
  • Generally very little acclimatization is necessary if you have spent time in Arequipa, Puno or Cusco.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 52 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Transportation
    4.2/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5

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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!

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September 22, 2022

It was quite an extensive itinerary and the hiking was challenging . Recommend more specific recommendations on clothes and gear to bring . Did 10.7 miles hiking the first day to get down to The Valley bottom at Sangalle . I rode a donkey up the next day . My son hiked out an hour earlier at 4:40 am in the dark .

September 15, 2022

Very physical activity! The first day is exhausting, you have to descend for 3 hours in full sun on a path that is not necessarily obvious. Then lunch and again two hours of walking. The next day climb of 3 hours. If you are too tired you can take a mule. Very beautiful canyon, beautiful experience but exhausting!

September 3, 2022

Product ID: 388651