COLCA CANYON TREK:
Trekking to the Colca canyon, the second deepest canyon in our planet, double deep Grand Canyon of United States, Live an unforgettable experience with INCA´S PARADISE. Colca Canyon is located in the middle of two highest volcanoes Coropuna, (6377m) and Ampato (6380m).
This Canyon is most famous place to visit by the tourist from everywhere in the world. wonderful area to see the rich cultural remains, comes from 1400 years ago, varieties of flora and fauna, snow ranges, green valleys, old and colony town, mighty rivers crossing the Andes, thousands of pre Inca terraces, friendly and charm settlers live in this Colca Canyon.
The Colca Canyon, is a large region and there are beautiful places. To walk 2 days old roads and down the river Colca short time is recommended for people with very good physical condition, because the bus trip to Arequipa is Cabanaconde 5 a 6 hours. Then, down to the river and hike to San Juan de Chuccho are 4-hour walk and in the afternoon 3 hour walk more.
AREQUIPA | CRUZ DEL CONDOR | SAN JUAN DE CHUCCHO | OASIS
On this tour, at 03:00 a.m. pick you up from your downtown hotel in Arequipa by our local guide to board to the bus, and head to Village of Chivay (3 hours approx. time of travel by bus), once in Chivay we have a stop for the breakfast at the local restaurant.
Then, we will continue with our journey to the “Mirador Cruz del Condor” (this is the best place to see the stately flight of the Condors), where you will have free time to appreciate in all its dimension of the Colca Canyon and the flight of the Condors so close. We continue with trip to Cabanaconde where we start the trek.
At 10.00 a.m. We arrive to the trailhead to start the trek in the canyon. The downhill trail offer great view of Colca valley, remote villages located in the left rim of the canyon, we descend for about 4 hours to the Colca River (2160m), a descent of 1300 meters and we will cross to the other side of the canyon and begin our ascent upward.
Around 1:30 p.m., we arrive to the lodge and resting place in San Juan de Chuccho village (2300 meters above sea level). Where you will get a delicious and energetic lunch, after our lunch, we continue hiking for approximately four hours, crossing small villages (Malata and Cosñirhua), going up hills, over 2600m above sea level and down again to our next destination called Sangalle/Oasis. Where we`ll find a nice place to spend the night with bamboo bungalows, pretty swimming pools between palm trees, surrounded by the Colca River.
OASIS | CABANACONDE | CHIVAY | AREQUIPA
This day you need to wake up so early (4.00 a.m.), start the ascent of 4 hours to the left rim of Colca Canyon, to Cabanaconde (3280m). This day we walk up 1050m, for the last hard and steep trail of our trip.
At 8.00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., will be the breakfast and then travel by semi-private transport for 30 minutes to the Condor's Cross lookout (2nd chance), Along the way we will visit many small towns all around the Colca Valley, located in the high part of the canyon. Optional visit to the Hot Springs Thermal swimming pools in Chivay (3600m).
12:00 p.m. we will have lunch in Chivay (lunch not included) and travel back 4 hours to Arequipa, along the way we will have a small stop to visit the (“Volcanoes Mirador” 4910 meter and the National Reserve). Natural habitat of South American camelids, vicuñas, llamas, alpacas and vizcachas. At 06:00 p.m., approx. Arrival at the White City and transfer to their hotels and complete our trip.
|TIMETABLE||ACTIVITIES OF DAY 1|
|03:00 a.m.||Pick up from your downtown hotel in Arequipa and leaves to Chivay.|
|06:00 a.m.||Arrival and breakfast in Chivay (Small Village).|
|06:30 a.m.||Continuing with our trip to “Mirador Cruz del Condor”.|
|09:00 a.m.||Arrive to the “Mirador de Cruz del Condor”, (this is the best place to see the amazing flight of the Condors).|
|10:00 a.m.||Continue the trip to the Viewpoint of San Miguel.|
|10:30 a.m.||Start with our Trekking on Colca Canyon (4-hours approx.)|
|02:00 p.m.||Arrival to Small Village of San Juan de Chuccho, where we will have the Lunch.|
|03:00 p.m.||We continue hiking for approx. 4 hours, crossing small villages (Malata and Cosñirhua, to arrive to next destination called Sangalle/Oasis.|
|05:30 p.m.||We arrive to the Oasis, where we settle in their bungalows to rest and enjoy the pool after trekking, full relaxation.|
|06:30 p.m.||Dinner and overnight at the traditional bungalows.|
|ESTIMATED TIME||ACTIVITIES OF DAY 2|
|04:00 a.m.||We ascend the canyon from the oasis to Cabanaconde.|
|08:30 a.m.||We arrive to Cabanaconde, where we will have breakfast.|
|10:00 a.m.||Departure to Chivay. On the way, we stop at viewpoints known as Antahuilque and Maca.|
|12:00 p.m.||We arrive to Chivay and head to La Calera hot springs, where we will enjoy the bath for more than one hour.|
|01:00 p.m.||We have buffet lunch in Chivay (lunch not included).|
|02:30 p.m.||Departure to Arequipa, making stops in Patapampa, which is the highest point about 4910 meters, then make another stop at Patahuasi where we see llamas and alpacas in their natural habitat.|
|06:00 p.m.||We arrive to Arequipa and transfer you to your hotel.|
- Advice one day before the tour.
- Basic accommodation: One night in Oasis (Bungalows of Adobe).
- Food: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunchs and 1 dinners.
- Canes and Blankets.
- First aid kit.
- Professional English/Spanish speaking guide.
- Tourist transportation.
- Others not mentioned in the program.
- Lunch in Chivay ( Second day of the tour).
- Hot Sprint entrence fee in Chivay.
- BTC (Colca Ticket Tourist).
This trekking route in 2 days is very demanding, get up early, daily; do at least suggest 3 days. But if you have no, more time, must be physically fit. NOTE: If you do not wish you hiked out of the canyon, you can hire a mule for about 50 soles.
- Camera, Toilet paper and extra batteries.
- A bottle of water (2 liter).
- Snacks, chocolate or energy candies.
- Glasses, hat and sunscreen.
- Lightweight and warm clothing.
- A light backpack with a change of clothes for the mountain hike.
- Trekking shoes and extra stockings.
- Bath linen and towels.
- BTC (Colca tourist ticket, permite ingresar al cañón del colca) :
- NATIONAL: S/. 20.00 PEN
- FOREIGN: S/. 70.00 PEN
- Hot Sprint entrance fee S/. 15.00 PEN.
- Buffet Lunch in Chivay S/. 25.00 PEN. (There are several restaurants, if you prefer less price)
|1 People||$ 76.00 USD|