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3-Day Colca Canyon Trekking

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Day 1 : Drive from Arequipa to Cabanaconde; hike to San Juan de Chuccho; overnight.

Visiting: Arequipa, Colca Canyon

We will depart at 7:30 am from Arequipa, driving 160 km to the town of Chivay, capital of the Province of Caylloma. At the beginning of our excursion we will enjoy the majestic views of the Misti, Chachani and PichuPichu volcanoes before approaching the National Reserve of “Pampa Cañahuas”, where our transportation will make a short stop to observe the wild Vicuñas (one of the 4 types of American camels) in its natural habitat. At this point we will be about 3,400 meters above sea level. Moving on we will arrive to “Pata Wasi” (Pata=high Wasi=home), an Andean community at the opposite border of the reserve. Here you might enjoy the natural formation of rocks and the view to the backside of the Misti and Chachani volcanoes. To prevent altitude sickness we will have an original Andean “Mate de Coca” drink or another hot drink in a rustic restaurant on the road (service of bathrooms are available here).

Continuing on the road we will pass “Tocra”, a high plain at more than 4,500 meters, where we will observe lakes with migrant birds and get pictures of the “Antiplano” with its Llamas and Guanacos. The highest point of our tour will be “Pata Pampa” (Pata=high, Pampa=land) located at 4,820 meters, where we’ll observe the volcanoes Ampato, Sabancaya, Hualca-Hualca, Mismi (the source of the Amazon River), and the “Cordillera de Chila”. When we are getting close to the town of Chivay (3,651 meters) we will wonder at the spectacular multicolor view of the terraces of the Colca valley.

Around 12:00 hrs. We will be in Chivay to have lunch; after the lunch we continue to Cabanaconde 3287 m. (located one and half hrs. from Chivay), arriving around 14:30 Hrs. From here, we will start the trekking adventure walking inside the canyon.

This first day, we will walk down to San Juan de Chuccho 2,600 m. The hike will take approximately 3 ½ hrs. In this place, we will have dinner and spend the first night in basic lodgment (cabins).

  • Meals: D
  • Budget Lodging: Cabins

Day 2 : Hiking in the Colca Canyon and overnight.

Visiting: Colca Canyon

Breakfast in San Juan de Chuccho.

Today the hike will be challenging, but very interestin. We hike up and down to Cosñirgua 2750 m., Malata 2450 m. and Sangalle 2160 m. (Popularly named Oasis because the palms). This day, the hike through the canyon will take around 5 hours. In Sangalle we will have lunch and then we can enjoy the natural and basic pool of the lodgment (the accommodation is similar to San Juan de Chuccho “very basic”).

Basic dinner and lodgment.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Cabins

Day 3 : Return to Cabanaconde; visit to Cruz del Condor and return to Arequipa or take bus to Puno.

Visiting: Colca Canyon, Arequipa or Puno

This day we need to wake up very early to start the trek climbing up until Cabanaconde town. The trek starts at 03:30 hrs. in order to avoid hiking under the hard morning sun.

We will be in Cabanaconde for breakfast and there we’ll meet our private transport and driver again. After breakfast we keep forward to Chivay town visiting on the route different view points such as the Condor Cross and the towns of Pinchollo and Maca. We’ll be in Chivay around midday. Lunch in Chivay (not included in pricing).

Around 13:00 hrs. We’ll start our drive back to Arequipa or assist you with the connection to your transfer to Puno on lake Titicaca.

  • Meals: B

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