Trekking Colca Cañon 3 Days – 2 Nights
Trekking Colca Cañon 3 Days – 2 Nights
This Colca canyon tour and trek is the most attractive for visitors and touristic, We go by private car transport from Arequipa to the petrogliphs of Toro Muerto (170 km) crossing the dunes of the Atacama desert (one of the most beautiful deserts in the world). we will visit Toro Muerto petroglyphs (500 m.h.s.l) on this place will see a variety of more than 5000 volcanic stones(gravures) belonging to pre–Incan times.
- The geographical location of the Colca Canyon makes it one of the deepest places on the planet, reaching a depth of 3,400 meters (11,155 feet) at the lowest point at the Canco location.
- On the right side it is flanked by the Cordillera de Chila (Bomboya, Serpregrina, Mismi, Queshihua) and on the other by Mount Hualca Hualca, Sabancaya and Ampato.
- You can see Mount Ubinas and the beautiful Mount Coropuna in the distance.
Altitude: 3500 msnm (11500 feet)
Temperature: High Andean zone climate temperature generally varies from 7°C to 22°C and rarely drops below 0°C or rises above 25°C.
Difficuty level: Challenging; good physical condition
Tour Type: Hiking, Adventure, Camping
Day 1: Arequipa- Chivay – San Miguel – San Juan de Chucchu
We will pickup you at your hotel around 3:00 or 03:30 am. We will leave Arequipa in our vehicle travel 3 hours. Around 06:00 am we get Chivay village the Capital´s Colca Valley where we will enjoy a delicious breakfast. After that we will travel to Cruz the Condor (Condor cross) its one and half hours, where we will see Andean Condor flying, one of the world’s largest flying bird offers a truly breath taking show for all visitors, it is important to be as early as possible in order not to miss the spectacular nature show.
We will continue for a further 20 minutes and stop at San Miguel viewpoint this is where we start hiking adventure to descending 3 hours to colca river at 2200 (7,217.8 feet) of altitude. The trail offer us spectacular dropping views of canyon walls we will pass through a hanging bridge to cross the Colca river until the village of San Juan de Chucchu, at 2,660 m (8,727 feet) of altitude here we will have lunch, after lunch you will have time to explore the viallge and its farms on your own if we have a good luck we may be part of local activities, we will have the dinner and rest for the next day.
Day 2: Cosñirhua - Oasis Sangalle
Today our destination will be the Oasis of the Colca Canyon. The hike features excellent scenic narrow trails of the canyon and jaw dropping views, as well as giving us the opportunity to travel through the cultural small villages of Cosñirhua and Malata then we will arrive at the Oasis “Sangalle” 2,200 m (7,217.8 feet) of altitude. This place is considered to relax; here you will enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by your tour guide and have the opportunity to enjoy its entire green relaxing environment and natural spring pools at the bottom of canyon. Here we will have the afternoon to enjoy at your leisure and spend your second night in huts.
Day 3: Yanque – Chivay - Arequipa
In order to avoid hiking under the hard morning sun our day will start at 4am. we will take a steep trail for approx. 3 hours to the village of Cabanaconde, breakfast will be provided here. You will then meet our private transportation and make your trip back to Chivay. we will make some stops along the way, one to the Cross of condor and unique picture viewpoints of the Colca Canyon with its outstanding pre-Inca terraces along the valley. You will arrive to traditional village of Yanque, here you will have the chance to enjoy the hotspring pools known as “Chacapi” which are located next to the Colca river offering an astonishing view of the Canyon. You will then have time for lunch. After that we will travel back to Arequipa city , we ill arrive to Arequipa around 5pm
- Round-trip transport from Arequipa to Colca Canyon
- Professional bilingual tour guide (English/Spanish)
- Accommodation along the trek (private and sharing rooms, upon request)
- All meals in the canyon including first and last breakfast.(Vegetarian option available on request)
- Entrance fee to the cross of condor and Colca National Park S/. 70.00 Peruvian Sol.
- Entrance fee to hotsprings pools S/. 15.00 Peruvian Sol. (Optional)
Follow the classic routes,the Colca is a canyon that encompasses different towns and scenery, therefore, the first recommendation you should take into account is to avoid following non-established routes, especially if you go without the company of a guide, if you are a beginner in trekking or if you have not previously visited the territory. Avoid getting lost! Be responsible and follow the classic routes.
Do not continue walking at night
The Colca Canyon is characterized by steep areas, so it is not advisable to follow the path at night because you will not have the necessary lighting to notice the abysses and avoid them. Follow the recommendations of the guide, if you have one, and stop your hike before it gets dark.
If you are going to camp, take warm clothes.
Although the weather in Arequipa is pleasant during the day, the nights in the Colca Canyon are characterized by being quite cold. If you opt for a tour to Arequipa that involves spending the night in the canyon, it is advisable to take special tents for this type of weather, and warm clothes.
Best time to visit the Colca Canyon
The Colca can be visited all year round. However, if you want to visit it at the best time, the ideal time is between March and June. If you travel earlier, keep in mind that the place will be in rainy season, so you should anticipate this when selecting your luggage and the trails you plan to walk.
What To Bring
• Swimming Customs.
• Torch / Flashlight.
• Sun Block.
• Insects Repellent (Specially if you have sweet blood for them).
• Water (you can buy in all the villages).
• Cap or hat.
• Personal medications.
• Hiking stick(s).
• Sleeping Bag, up the trekking.
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