Explore the canyon over 2 exciting days
Bilingual guides from an 18 year old company who have an excellent reputation
Spend the night in 2 rustic lodges located deep within the heart of the canyon
Trek through one of the deepest canyons in the world, the Colca Canyon. The 2 day/1 night trek is a moderate/hard hike. The first day of trekking is approximately for 5 or 6 hours (1 hour uphill, 1 hour flat walk, and 4 hours downhill). The second day is approximately 3 or 4 hours of uphill walking.
All year round
2 days/1 night
Arequipa hotel and hostel pickup
Calle Santa Catalina, next to Santa Catalina Monastery
DAY 1: AREQUIPA CITY to CHIVAY to CONDOR'S CROSS to SANGALLE
Between 3:00am and 3:30am we will depart to Cabanaconde in the Colca Canyon, which is about a 6-hour drive from Arequipa. On the way, we will stop for breakfast, and later we’ll continue to La Cruz del Condor, which is the best place to see the Canyon and the famous Andean condor birds. From here, we’ll continue another 20 minutes by mini-bus before starting our trek downhill. We will trek downhill for approximately 3 ½ hours, going from 3,300 metres to 2,100 metres into the canyon.
Upon arrival, we will have lunch and some time to rest in San Juan de Chuccho, a village with vegetation and some fruit trees. We’ll continue to the small towns of Cosñirhua and Malata. Then it will be time to start hiking even further into the canyon, this time to the deepest part of our trek to reach "Sangalle", a village at an altitude of approximately 1,900 metres. Here you can enjoy the warm swimming pool, and relax after a long day spent hiking. We will arrive to Sangalle at approximately 5:00pm.
In the evening we will have dinner and stay overnight in bungalows near the oasis.
DAY 2: SANGALLE to CHIVAY to AREQUIPA CITY
At 5:00am we will start trekking uphill for approximately 3 hours to the town of Cabanaconde, with the help of torch lights. This part of the trek can provide spectacular views, as you’ll be trekking during the sunrise. We will have breakfast in Cabanaconde. From there we will head to Chivay. On the way, you will have a great view of pre-Inca terraces, some archaeological ruins, and colonial towns, amongst other views.
At around noon we’ll arrive to Chivay at the hot springs, with water temperatures of 38°C (optional). In Chivay, you can enjoy a typical local lunch if you wish.
In the afternoon, you will be taken back to Arequipa. On the way, you’ll descend from 4,830 metres to 2,325 metres, and will pass through the National Reserve and Pampa Cañahuas, the habitat of the four species of South American camelids (llama, alpaca, vicuña and guanaco). This is where you can get that all important selfie photo with an alpaca, or even a vicuña if you are lucky.
At the end of the afternoon, you’ll arrive to Arequipa between 5:00pm and 6:00pm, and we will drop you off at Calle Santa Catalina, next to Santa Catalina Monastery.
- Official Colca Canyon entrance tax of 70 soles is not included in the ticket price. This must be paid on the tour.
- For those that wish to finish in Puno: On return to Chivay at 1pm, there will just be 15 minutes for lunch before departing to Puno. Arrival time in Puno is 7pm, and the drop off point is at Puno Plaza de Armas.
- Rainy season lasts from December to March. We recommend you bring rain clothes (rain poncho) and a spare change of clothes. (these are available to rent or buy in Arequipa).
DAY 1: 03:00 - 03:30
Hostel and hotel pick up
DAY 1: 03:30 - 08:30
Drive towards Chivay and stop to have breakfast along the way
DAY 1: 08:30 - 09:10
See Condor's Cross
DAY 1: 09:10 - 09:30
Bus to Pampas San Miguel
DAY 1: 09:30 - 13:30
Start the trek downhill from 3,300 metres
DAY 1: 13:30 - 17:00
Have lunch and reach the deepest part of our trek, the Sangalle Oasis
DAY 1: 19:00
Have dinner and rest a night in the amazing oasis
DAY 2: 05:00 - 08:00
Ascent, start trek to Cabanaconde
DAY 2: 08:00 - 08:45
DAY 2: 11:30 - 12:00
Optional visit to the natural hot springs of Chivay
DAY 2: 12:00 - 14:00
Go to Chivay and have lunch
DAY 2: 14:00 - 17:00
Bus back to Arequipa city
DAY 2: 17:00 - 17:30
Arrive back to Arequipa and be dropped off in Calle Santa Catalina, next to Santa Catalina Monastery
- Pick up from your hotel or hostel
- Exclusive and private resort
- Professional guide (English and Spanish speaking)
- Accommodation: 1 night: Oasis "Tropical" or "Cielo" (simple exclusive Adobe bungalows)
- First aid kit
- The government enforced tourist entrance tax for the Colca:
Foreigners 13 years of age and above: 70 soles (approx. USD $25)
South American 13 years of age and above: 40 soles (approx. USD $15)
National 13years of age and above: 20 soles (approx. USD $8)
Children (All Nationalities) under 13years of age: 5 soles (approx. USD $2)
Note: Not included on any tours, as it is illegal to include it
- Hot springs (Chivay - 15 soles (approx. USD $5)
- Last lunch (Chivay)
- Light backpack
- 1.5 to 2 litres of water for Day 1 (if you need more, you can buy it at the small shops in the villages)
- Sun cream (very important)
- Hat, sunglasses
- Trekking shoes or boots
- Warm layers, sweater or jacket (IMPORTANT) –temperatures can reach lows of -10 ̊ C
- Shorts or pants for walking
- Swimming suit, sandals, towel
- Flashlight/headtorch – early trek starts at 5am before sunrise (it will be dark!)
- Toilet paper
- Snacks (breakfast on the last day is given only AFTER the early morning hike out of the canyon)
- Insects repellent
- Personal medication
- Hiking sticks (optional)
- Money for drinks
IMPORTANT: You must carry a copy of your passport on the first day of your trek.
Cancellation or changes of this tour:
CHANGES: It is FREE to change the tour date before 6:00 pm (Lima time) the day before the tour begins.
No Shows & Cancellations of this tour - If you cancel before 6:00 pm (Lima time) the day before the tour begins, there is a 10% administration fee (+ the card fee). After this time, there is a 100% no show or cancellation fee.
You must email email@example.com (include the name of the tour and the reservation number) to cancel this tour or to make any changes.
I can’t find my accommodation listed in the operator pick up locations as I’m making my booking. What should I select?
This operator only offers pick-ups from the hotel and hostel accommodation listed, this covers over 90% of the accommodation providers in the area. They do not provide pick-ups or drop-offs at private residences, Airbnbs, bus terminals etc. Select an alternative close by and be ready there for pick-up at the time on your booking confirmation.
What is the difference between the Colca Canyon TOURS and TREKS?
During the tours you will have limited walking sections, as most of the time you stay on a bus and only get outside at several viewing points. The tours are more recommended for travellers who want or (because of physical conditions) have to take it easy. Treks however, are perfect for people with good physical condition. With treks, you will definitely get more and intense views of the beautiful and unique landscape of the Canyon.
What's the difference between a 2-day and a 3-day trek?
The routes for both tours are the same. The three-day trek just offers more time to relax and enjoy the canyon. Because of that, the tour is easier than the 2-day trek. But still, neither trek is easy!
Will I see Condors on this tour?
There are quite a few Condors out there, and as we visit different viewing points the chances are quite good. We still cannot guarantee that you will be able to see them, but if you get lucky they will fly just above your head!
Do I need to bring trekking shoes?
Not necessarily, but as you will spend several hours hiking up and down through the canyon, we recommend to at least wear stable and comfortable shoes.
Will I have problems with altitude sickness on this tour?
Altitude sickness can catch many travellers a little bit off guard. Not everyone gets sick in high altitudes, and it is difficult to predict who is likely to be badly affected by it. For most people, it is nothing more than a headache and a dizzy sensation that diminishes over a short period of time, 1 to 2 days for most people. If you want to limit your chances of getting sick, there are a few things you can do. Firstly, do not fly directly into high altitude - proceed slowly, allowing your body time to acclimatise as you ascend gradually. However, for many that is not possible, so it’s important to drink lots of water, and to slow down! This sounds simple, but both of these things are very important. Your body is struggling because you don’t have enough oxygen, so avoiding any strenuous activity is a good idea. Chew some coca leaves - the native people of South America have been chewing coca for centuries, thanks to its ability to alleviate mild altitude sickness symptoms. Coca leaves can be bought in any supermarket, and even souvenir shops or street stalls. Take altitude sickness pills (Soroche): these are sold over the counter all over Peru and Bolivia, and are just a few dollars. If you are flying straight into altitude over 2500 metres without spending any time at an intermediate elevation, and you’re worried about getting sick, you can ask your doctor for more specific and stronger altitude sickness medication in advance. In the rare case that your symptoms are more severe than a headache and mild dizziness, you should descend in altitude and seek medical assistance.
Do I need any camping equipment?
You do not need any specialist equipment with you to be able to tackle the Colca. A tent is not required. Accommodation is in small rustic huts, located in the ¨Oasis¨ at the bottom of the Canyon. It can get cold at night and very warm during the day, so you need to pack for all weather conditions, and have comfortable footwear (trekking shoes or good trainers are sufficient). Some guides also recommend bringing a flashlight and some snacks.
Can I finish in Puno instead of Arequipa?
Yes, this is possible. On return to Chivay at 1pm, there will just be 15 minutes for lunch before departing to Puno. Arrival time in Puno is 7pm, and the drop off point is at Puno, Plaza de Armas. For this option, you MUST select the ticket option - TREK + TRANSFER FROM THE CANYON TO PUNO - when making a booking.
Is there oxygen provided on this trek?
No, there is no oxygen provided during the trek. There is however an emergency oxygen tank in our private transportation.
During the trek, how many people are there per group?
Groups are between 10 to 12 people per 1 bilingual guide.
Can I rent trekking poles with the operator?
Yes, you can rent a pair of trekking poles, and the price is 20 soles per set per day (S/.10 soles each). You need to inform us 24 hours before your tour date.
Can I rent mules?
Yes, it costs 80 soles per day, or 60 soles during the uphill section on the last day from Sangalle to Cabanaconde.
How many kilometres per day do I need to walk during the trek?
You will trek 6 km the first day, and 3 to 4 km on the second day. We recommend that to participate you should be an active person, and practice some sports or walking/hiking.
Do I need to bring drinking water for my treks?
There is no water included, so you will need to bring water for the first day of your trek. In the canyon there are a few shops and stalls in the accommodation providers where you can buy water. Given the isolated location, it is more expensive than Arequipa or Puno (it costs approx. 10 or 15 soles for a 2.5 litre water bottle).
Can I start the tour in Chivay?
Yes, you can! There is no problem if your hotel is in Chivay. However, if your hotel is on the outskirts of the town of Chivay, there will be an extra charge. You will need to send us an e-mail at the time of your booking in order to inform the tour operator.
Does this tour operator cater for special dietary requirements such as vegetarian and vegan?
Yes, you must let your guide know of your dietary requirements on the first day of your trek. It is important to note that the concepts of veganism and vegetarianism are quite new in Peru, and so alternative options will be extremely limited (rice, salad, vegetables). We suggest taking some snacks.
Can I have a private room if I travel alone or as a couple?
Yes, of course, but you will need to pay an extra 40 soles. You need to inform us 24 hours before your tour date.
Is there an accommodation upgrade available, instead of a basic hotel?
No, this Colca Canyon provider does not offer alternative accommodation. If you wish to stay in a different hotel or lodge in the Canyon, it is recommended you book a private tour of the Canyon.
I do not want to take all of my belongings with me to the Canyon. Where can I leave my big bag or suitcase?
Hotels and hostels in Arequipa will all store your bags in their safety deposit for free whilst you are away at the Canyon, until you check in again upon your return. Head off to the trip with just what you need and leave the rest in storage. If you continue after your trek from Chivay to Puno, on the first day of your trek you will have breakfast in a restaurant in Chivay. This restaurant has a storage facility, where passengers who are trekking can leave their backpacks for a small fee, and pick them up on return.
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