Begin with a very early morning departure from Arequipa at 3:00 am on Day 1 to reach the Colca Canyon for breakfast and to visit the “Cruz del Condor” overlook. Trek deep into the canyon through local villages and reach your lodge for a rewarding dinner. On Day 2 follow a steep trail up to Cabanaconde and take a bus to Chivay. Soak your sore legs in the hot springs before returning to Arequipa after a challenging, but enjoyable trip.
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Arequipa - Colca Canyon Trekking (B/L/D)
We will pick you up from your downtown accommodation between 3:00 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. and transfer you to Chivay town in the heart of the Colca Canyon. We'll have breakfast and then go directly to “Cruz Del Condor viewpoint” where we will stay for about 1 hour to see the flight of the condors. From here, we will make our way to the Mirador De San Miguel, the starting point of our trekking route. We will begin our hike by walking down to San Juan De Chucchu Village (4-5 hours walking), where we will have lunch. Afterward, we will hike back uphill through Cosnirgua and Malata villages arriving in Sangalle by the end of the day where you will have the opportunity to relax in the swimming pool (3-4 hours walking). Enjoy a campfire dinner and overnight in rustic bungalows.
Day 2: Colca Canyon trekking - Arequipa (B)
Today, we will get an early start and begin trekking up to Cabanaconde town where we will have breakfast (3-4 hours steep uphill hike). (Note: There is an option to rent mules for this portion of the trek if you wish). From Cabanaconde, we will take our bus to Chivay Village making a few short stops along the way in Maca, Achoma and Yanque towns. Upon arrival to Chivay we will have breakfast and visit the relaxing hot springs in town, the perfect remedy for our tired muscles. On our way back to Arequipa we will stop at Patapampa where we can see beautiful views of the volcanoes (weather permitting) and the Llama & Vicuña Reserve so see these native animals. Relax and enjoy the scenic ride back to Arequipa arriving between 5:30 and 6.00 pm.
SUGGESTED PACKING LIST: Trekking boots, Hat, Sunglasses, Coat, Rain Poncho, Insect Repellent, Sunblock, Small Backpack, Flashlight, Bathing Suit, Towel, Camera, Extra Batteries, Water & Extra Snacks, Extra cash for personal expenses, Prescription Medications.
NOTE: As you will come back to your departure point, please ONLY BRING the necessary material & clothes during the tour.
PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY: Please be aware that this is a physically demanding trek, with lots of stairs and steep inclines. This trek is not recommended for anyone with knee injuries or related ailments.