COLCA CANYON TREK 3 DAYS

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COLCA CANYON TREK

From Arequipa to the Colca Canyon

The most popular mode of transport to the Colca Canyon is via an organised group or private tour. Our tours leave Arequipa early in the morning to make sure you make the most of your time in the canyon.

The Colca Valley, located in the north-eastern end of the Arequipa region, a few hours north of the city of Arequipa Peru. Here is the Colca River and the Colca Canyon. In the tour you can find natural landscapes and condors, llamas, alpacas, guanacos, vicuñas and vizcachas.
The origin of this valley is due to a failure of the earth’s crust, eroded for miles of years by the longest river of the Peruvian coast. The Colca River reaches depths of up to 3,400 meters on both slopes and more than 200 kilometers in length.
In the Colca Valley there are 14 villages staggered along the valley, full of life and color. In the Cruz del Cóndor the road passes to the edge of the canyon. Experiences of previous visitors indicate that the panorama that is observed from there is “spectacular”, since it descends the Colca River to a depth of 1,200 meters while the front wall, reaches to measure 3,100 meters of height in those summits you can see the perpetual ice and below the condors fly majestic.

We believe this to be a preferred trek for those who enjoy hiking and contact with nature. The hours of trekking per day are not too long.

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    All about the COLCA CANYON TREK 3 DAYS.

    COLCA CANYON TREK 3 DAYS

    First Day on COLCA CANYON: Arequipa, Cabanaconde, San Juan de Chuccho.
    Accommodation:with local family accomodation (Hospedaje Familiar)
    Maximum Altitude:3,287mts
    Distance Travelled:6-8 kms
    Approximate Walking Time:3-4 hours
    Meals:BLD

    Second Day on COLCA CANYON: San Juan of Chuccho – Sangalle (Oasis)
    Accommodation:with local family accomodation (Hospedaje Familiar)
    Maximum Altitude:2,900 mts
    Distance Travelled:6-8 kms
    Approximate Walking Time:3-4 hours
    Meals:BLD

    Third Day on COLCA CANYON: Cabanaconde – Chivay – Arequipa.
    Maximum Altitude:journey from Chivay to Arequipa over 5600 mt pass
    Distance Travelled:6-8 kms
    Approximate Walking Time:3-4 hours
    Meals:B


    WHAT TO BRING:
    Swimming Customs.
    Torch / Flashlight.
    Sun Block.
    Insects Repellent (Specially if you have sweet blood for them).
    Towels
    Basics, like toilet paper, etc
    Snacks.
    Water (you can buy in all the villages).
    Cap or hat.
    Personal medications.
    Hiking stick(s).(optional)
    Sleeping Bag. (optional)
    coins for water, beers
    A book
    Enthusiam ( ver important)

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • Transport
    • All transfers
    • Oxygen equipment /(only by private car)
    • First-aid kit
    • Entrance fee to condor cross and national park
    • Entrance fee to Oasis
    • Trekking into the canyon
    • Official trekking guide
    • All meals
    • Accommodation 2 nights in typical houses
    • Ticket for la Calera (hot spring)
    • Only by private car service we include during the 3 days trek , one mule and one horsemen (arriero) .The mule will carry all your things you will carry during the trek just your camera. The horsemen will take care of the mule and your things. Like this you will help the local economy, thanks to this work the local people will stay on their village . Yes you will help to conserve the folklore.
    • The arriero ( horsmen) will be proud if you ask to speak in Quechua, also he can learn you a little the quechua language.
    • The mule will carry 8 kilos per person during the 3 days
    • The Arriero ( horsemen) take care of your things and the mule.
    Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Water
    • Snacks
    • Tips
    1. Moderate First Day on COLCA CANYON: Arequipa, Cabanaconde, San Juan de Chuccho.

      First Day on COLCA CANYON: Arequipa, Cabanaconde, San Juan de Chuccho.
      At 06:00am we collect you from your hotel in Arequipa to take you to the bus- terminal. From here we travel to the Colca Valley which takes approximately 4 hours to Chivay (main town of the valley). A brief stop to stretch out your legs and then we continue towards Cabanaconde (2 hours approx.) where we will have lunch. Afterwards, we start our 4 hours long walking to descend to the Colca Canyon; we`ll be able to appreciate the diverse Andean and tropical vegetation, and also the geological wonder of the Colca Canyon, from the formation period of the mountain range of the Andean. Once at the heart of the Colca Canyon we will cross the San Juan de Chuccho suspension bridge to arrive to the town. Here we will spend the night in a local family house (basic cabins accomodation). Time to interact with the locals and enjoy their hospitality.

    2. Moderate Second Day on COLCA CANYON: San Juan of Chuccho - Sangalle (Oasis)

      Second Day on COLCA CANYON: San Juan of Chuccho – Sangalle (Oasis)
      After having breakfast in a restaurant, we start the trek climbing gradually to the Andean village of Tapay, which is located at 3,000 mts. We will visit Coshñirhua and the Malata Villages, both located at 2,600 mts. Then we will visit an authentic church. Besides, we`ll get familiarized with the way of life of the locals which are proud to preserve their traditions and customs in a very rustic environment, very close to the ”pachamama”, the ”mother earth” You will appreciate very beautiful landscapes, ancient farming terraces for cultivate potatoes and other crops, snow-capped summits and a variety of flora and fauna. At 13:00 pm we descend again to the Colca River and arrive at the Sangalle Valley, 2,100 mts down where we`ll settle in our cabins of our chosen family or camping. We`ll relax at the swimming pool. Lunch and then, exploration of the abandoned mines. We`ll have the chance of fishing trout in the Colca river near a waterfall. Time for relaxing and enjoying from this beautiful place.

    3. Moderate Third Day on COLCA CANYON: Cabanaconde - Chivay - Arequipa.

      Third Day on COLCA CANYON: Cabanaconde – Chivay – Arequipa.
      At 4.00am we start our 3 hour walk out from the canyon.. Once in Cabanaconde we will have breakfast at 7:45 and then head off to the Cruz of the Condor, the Condor`s Cross, where we will stay for approx 1 hour, to be able to appreciate the majestic flight of the Andean Condor. Soon we`ll get along to arrive at Chivay at about 10:30 am. Once there we will have the opportunity to visit the thermal baths of medicinal waters with a temperature of 35 to 40ºC and have lunch in Chivay. At approx 1.30 pm we will return to Arequipa arriving approx at 17:00 pm. Transfer to your hotel or to the bus terminal, end Colca Canyon tour.