3 DAY COLCA CANYON EXCURSION

DURATION

03 Days

180 USD

PER PERSON
Based two people all private service

DAYLI DEPARTURE

03:00 hrs

HIGHLIGHTS

Sangalle Oasis
Cabanaconde
Chivay Village
Cruz del Condor lookout point

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW

Hiking in Colca Canyon.

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ITINERARY

DAY 1: AREQUIPA, CABANACONDE, SAN JUAN DE CHUCCHO.

We’ll pick you up before dawn from your hotel in Arequipa to make our nearly 4-hour journey into Colca Valley. Once we arrive in the small town of Chivay, we’ll take time to enjoy a late breakfast before we continue another 2 hours towards Cabanaconde at 3,287 meters. After lunch, we’ll begin our 4-hour descent on-foot to the river at the bottom of Colca Canyon. Along the way, take time to appreciate the diverse vegetation as well as the geological formations of the canyon. Once we reach the heart of the canyon, we’ll cross the San Juan de Chuccho suspension bridge into town. Here, we’ll spend the night with a local family in basic but authentic accommodations. Take time to connect with the locals and enjoy their hospitality over dinner. 

Maximum Altitude: 3,287mts
Distance travelled on-foot: 6-8 kms
Approximate Walking Time: 3-4 hours

DAY 2: SAN JUAN OF CHUCCHO – SANGALLE (OASIS)

After breakfast we’ll re-commence our trek, climbing gradually to the Andean village of Tapay, which is located at 2,900 meters. We’ll visit the villages of Coshñirhua and Malata and a local church. Take the time to appreciate the local way of life, so closely connected to “Pachamama” or mother earth. Revel in these unique landscapes where ancient farming terraces, snow-capped peaks and a variety of flora and fauna converge. In the afternoon, we’ll descend back to the Colca River and the Sangalle Valley oasis at 2,100 meters and settle into our cabins for the afternoon. After lunch, you’ll have ample time to explore the abandoned mines and nearby waterfalls, fish for trout in the Colca River and most importantly, relax and enjoy the scenery. 

Maximum Altitude: 2,900 mts
Distance travelled on-foot: 6-8 kms
Approximate Walking Time: 3-4 hours

DAY 3: CABANACONDE – CHIVAY – AREQUIPA.

We’ll rise before dawn to begin the journey back to our starting point. Once in Cabanaconde, we’ll have breakfast before we head to the “Cruz del condor” lookout point, where you’ll have time to watch the Andean condors soar overhead. We’ll continue on to Chivay, where we’ll have time to enjoy the healing waters of the hot springs before lunch. In the afternoon, we’ll begin our journey back to Arequipa, arriving at your hotel in the evening. 

Distance Travelled: 6-8 kms
Approximate Walking Time: 3-4 hours

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INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS

What is included?

  • Private transportation
  • Qosqo Expeditions Guide
  • 2 nights in basic accommodations at San Juan de Chuccho and Sangalle (double or triple room)
  • All meals during itinerary
  • Admission to Colca Canyon and Cruz del Condor lookout
  • Gratuities for meals, accommodations and transportation

What not is included

  • Entrance to hot springs in Chivay (15 Soles)
  • Porter or donkey to carry belongings (if necessary)
  • Gratuities for your guide

SUGGESTIONS

What you’ll need to bring and carry:

  • A backpack with adequate clothing for the entirety of the trek.
  • Rain jacket or poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Strong footwear, ideally water-proofed hiking boots or trail runners
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleece and sweaters
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Camera, film and batteries (batteries are consumed more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain or cold
  • Sun block
  • Insect repellent
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks: cookies, trail mix, energy bars, chocolate, etc.
  • Water bottle and sterilizing tablets (ie. Micropur)
  • Small towel
  • Swimsuit (if you intend to go to the hot springs)
  • Optional: walking sticks or poles

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Immerse yourself in the rich, local culture of the southern Highlands during a multi-day trek into the heart of Colca Canyon, where you’ll see countless species of local wildlife and share unforgettable moments with local families – all within the spectacular landscape of this rugged and secluded region of Peru.

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Qosqo Expeditions

Is a locally-based company in Cusco, Peru in which we pride ourselves on providing adventures for our guests that not only bring our rich culture and ancestral traditions to life, but also seek out unique and highly personalized experiences. We’re a team of experienced guides and local experts, each with over a decade of experience. Let us show you the heart and soul of this beautiful country we call home.

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