Colca Canyon is a canyon of the Colca River in southern Peru, located about 100 miles (160 kilometers) northwest of Arequipa. It is Peru’s third most-visited tourist destination with about 120,000 visitors annually. With a depth of 10,725 ft (3,270 m), it is one of the deepest in the world, second in Peru after the Cotahuasi Canyon and more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the United States. The Colca Valley is a colorful Andean valley with pre-Inca roots, and towns founded in Spanish colonial times, still inhabited by people of the Collagua and the Cabana cultures. The local people maintain their ancestral traditions and continue to cultivate the pre-Inca stepped terraces.
We will leave Arequipa at 3 am by bus from Arequipa to Chivay (Cabanaconde). We will arrive into Cabanaconde at around 9.00 am where you will have your breakfast and rest. We will then prepare for our trek descending the Colca Canyon for approximately 3 hours. We then arrive at a beautiful place called San Juan de Chuccho. Here we will rest and lunch. After lunch we continue walking for 3 hours towards the oasis ( San Galle). Before arriving this place, we will visit traditional villages like Coshñirhua and Malata. In the afternoon we’ll arrive in the Oasis. The guide prepares your dinner and here you will sleep in rustic simple but comfortable cabins.
We wake up very early to begin our ascent at around 4.00 AM towards Cabanaconde. Here you will have breakfast and after that you will go by bus to the Condor Cross to see the flight of the Condor. You will continue to Chivay, where we have 2 hours free to visit the hot springs or to the local market. After this will will set off for Arequipa where we will arrive at 5 PM.
- 2 breakfasts.
- 1 lunches.
- 1 dinners.
- bungalo accommodation for one night.
- Tour guide (English and Spanish).
- Tourist Ticke.
- Entrance fee to hot springs s/10.
- Lunch in Chivay
What to bring:
- Sun cream.
- Insect repellent.
- Light trekking clothing.
- Day pack.
- Swimming clothes and towel for the hot springs.