Begin your trekking adventure with an early morning departure from Arequipa at 3:00 am to reach the Colca Canyon for breakfast and a visit to “Cruz del Condor” scenic overlook point. Trek deep into the canyon passing through local villages and reach your local family homestay for a rewarding dinner and good night’s rest. On day 2, trek to the lowest altitude point in the canyon for lunch and then continue to Sangalle for the night. Enjoy your last day in the Colca Canyon by trekking up to Cabanaconde and Chivay Villages. Soak your sore legs in the hot springs before returning to Arequipa after a long, but enjoyable trip.
Day by Day Itinerary:
DAY 1: Arequipa - Colca Canyon Trekking (B/L/D)
We will pick you up from your hotel between 3:00 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. and transfer you to Cabanaconde where you will have time to have lunch. We will begin our hike by walking down to the village of Llahuar. (4-5 hours walking). Upon arrival to the village, settle into your lodging at a local family house and enjoy the scenery of the impressive canyon for the afternoon. Have dinner and get a good night's sleep.
DAY 2: Colca Canyon Trekking (B/L/D)
Wake up early and have a hearty breakfast before continuing your trek along the other side of the canyon, passing through the villages of Coshñirgua and Malata, before reaching Sangalle, located at the lowest altitude point of the canyon (3-4 hours walking). We will arrive around midday, depending on our pace, and have lunch. We will have the rest of the afternoon to rest up, relax in the pool and enjoy another day in the midst of the Colca Canyon. Overnight in Sangalle.
DAY 3: Colca Canyon Trekking - Arequipa (B/L)
Today, we will get an early start at about 5:00 am and begin trekking up to Cabanaconde town where we will have breakfast (3-4 hours steep uphill hike). (Note: There is an option to rent mules for this portion of the trek if you wish). Take the bus to Cruz del Condor (Condor Crossing) to see majestic condors flying through the canyon Upon arrival to Chivay we will have lunch and have the opportunity to visit the relaxing hot springs in town, the perfect remedy for our tired muscles. Relax and enjoy the scenic ride back to Arequipa arriving between 5:00 and 5.30 pm.
SUGGESTED PACKING LIST: Trekking boots, Hat, Sunglasses, Coat, Rain Poncho, Insect Repellent, Sunblock, Small Backpack, Flashlight, Bathing Suit, Towel, Camera, Extra Batteries, Water & Extra Snacks, Extra cash for personal expenses, Prescription Medications.
NOTE: As you will come back to your departure point, please ONLY BRING the necessary material & clothes during the tour.
PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY: Please be aware that this is a physically demanding trek, with lots of stairs and steep inclines. This trek is not recommended for anyone with knee injuries or related ailments.