Colca Canyon 2 Days/1 Night

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The Colca Canyon is a canyon of the Colca River in southern Peru, located about 160 kilometres (99 mi) northwest of Arequipa. With a depth of about 1000 – 2000 m (3300 – 6600 ft) (whereas bottom is at cca 2000 m and edges are at 3000 – 4000 metres above the sea level), it is one of the deepest canyons in the world.

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All tours can be done privately where you can set the departure time, add in or remove sites and most importantly go at your own pace. Please ask us for more information about availabily and prices.

  • Day 1: Arequipa – Chivay – Cruz Del Cóndor – Sangalle

    You will be picked-up between 03:00 am and 03:30 am and leave for Cabanaconde in the Colca Canyon, which is approximately 6 hours from Arequipa. On the way we will stop for breakfast and then continue to La Cruz del Condor, which is the best place in the Canyon to see Andean condors. We then continue for 20 minutes by bus to start descending the Canyon on foot. We descend for approximately 3 hours from 3300m above sea level to 2100m above sea level in the Colca Canyon.

  • When we arrive, we have lunch and rest in San Juan de Chuccho, a beautiful village where one can forget about the environmental problems in Peru. From there, we continue to the small villages of Cosñirhua and Malata. From here we will start the hike to the deepest part of the Canyon, this part of the hike is to reach "Sangalle" a village at an altitude of approximately 1900 masl. You can enjoy the hot water pools to relax after a long hike. We arrive at Sangalle at approximately 17:00 pm. In the evening, we have dinner and sleep in the bungalows near the oasis.

  • Day 2: Sangalle – Chivay – Arequipa

    At 05:00 am we will start to climb the Canyon, it takes approximately 3 hours to Cabanaconde with the help of torches. This part of the hike provides spectacular views because we walk during sunrise. We have breakfast in Cabanaconde, from there we go to Chivay. On the way, we have a great view of the pre-Inca terraces. At noon, we arrive at the hot springs of Chivay, which have a temperature of 38°C. In Chivay, we enjoy a typical lunch (optional).

  • In the afternoon, we will drive back to Arequipa. On the way, we descend from 4830 m above sea level to 2325 m above sea level and pass through the national reserve of Pampa Cañahuas, which is the habitat of the 4 South American camelid species (llama, alpaca, vicuña and guanaco). At the end of the afternoon we arrive in Arequipa between 17:00 pm - 18:00 pm and drop you off at Calle Zela, next to the Santa Catalina Monastery.

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