Colca Canyon – 3 Days/2 Nights

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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 Condor - Cabanaconde - San Juan (1st Overnight)

    3:00-3:30am – Pick-up tourists from their respective hotels in private bus to take them to Colca Canyon. After a 3-hour journey, we will stop in the town of Chivay to have breakfast. We will then continue on to the Cruz del Condor, where we will spend 45 minutes enjoying the fabulous flight of the condors and the impressive scale of the canyon. We will then head to the town of Cabanaconde (located at 3287 m.a.s.l.) where we will begin the descent to the town of San Juan de Chuccho. The hike will take around 3 hours down to the Colca River, where we will cross a suspension bridge ending the first day’s hike in San Juan where we will have lunch. In the afternoon, we will learn about the native fruits and medicinal plants that grow in the area. This will be followed by dinner and spend time in a local family’s house. We will spend the night here, ending the first day of the tour.

  • Day 2: San Juan – Cosñirhua – Malata – Oasis Sangalle (2nd Overnight)

    We will have breakfast at the agreed upon time and then continue our journey through the depths of the canyon, visiting the towns of Cosñirhua, Malata and ending the day at the Oasis – Sangalle “Paraiso Las Palmeras Lodge.” Here we will have lunch and dinner; and enjoy the pool and exotic places such as the paths down to the river and the suspension bridge.

  • Day 3: Oasis Sangalle – Cabanaconde –Antahuileque –Maca – Hot Springs – Chivay – Patapampa - Arequipa

    Today we will wake up at 5am to start the climb up to Cabanaconde. Once we reach the top, we will have breakfast in the designated restaurant. After breakfast we will take our bus transport back to Chivay. We’ll make several stops on the way to appreciate the terrace work of the Incans and pre-Incans; observe the different towns of the Colca; and enjoy the hot springs. Once we arrive in Chivay, we will have lunch before continuing our drive back to Arequipa. We will make two more stops along the way: one at an Andes lookout point and the other at the national reserve of Aguada Blanca. We will return to Arequipa at around 5:30pm, bringing an end to this fascinating adventure in the Colca.

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