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The three day Colca Canyon Trek has the same itinerary as the two day trek apart from an extra night in the canyon. The first day is 4 hours of trekking downhill. The second day is 4 hours both up and downhill. Hikers will wake up early the third day to begin the final 3 hour trek out of the canyon.

What you will do:

  • Explore the depths of the canyon
  • Enjoy meeting and being hosted by the locals
  • Relax in the Oasis, a paradise with natural fed pools
  • Complete a challenging and rewarding trek
  • Watch the majestic Condors fly overhead
  • Enjoy the hot springs in Yanque and Peruvian cuisine in Chivay
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: DAY 1

We will pick you up from where you are staying between 3:00 and 3:30 AM and drive three hours to Chivay. Here, we will stop for simple breakfast of bread, butter, jam, tea, mate and coffee.

We then continue to the Condor Cross Viewpoint and stop for 45 minutes to see into the depths of the Colca Canyon and look for Condors flying overhead. Next, we drive a short distance to San Miguel, at 3,300 meters, where we will start the trek.

First, we walk to the bottom of the canyon to the small village San Juan de Chuccho. Here, we will eat a simple lunch of vegetable soup, rice, potatoes and alpaca.

There is also a vegetarian option if desired. After lunch, you will have the rest of the afternoon to enjoy San Juan de Chuccho and relax in the shared bamboo bungalows We will spend the first night here.

NOTE: by an extra cost in our free time   we can go to fish trout  in Colca river and whit local  family  and eat fresh  roasted  trout.

At 7AM, we will wake up to eat a breakfast of pancakes, tea and coffee. After eating, we continue walking to the village Sangalle, passing the small towns of Cosñirhua and Malata along the way.

Sangalle is an oasis at 1,900 meters and is deepest point of the trek. Upon arriving, we will eat a typical lunch. Afterwards, you have the option to relax in the natural fed pools, fish, or play soccer.

Later that evening, we will eat dinner before retiring to the bamboo bungalows to sleep. This meal usually consists of vegetable soup, pasta and tea.

We will wake up at 5:00 AM to stark trekking out of the canyon to Cabanaconde. Here we will eat a simple breakfast of bread, butter, jam, tea, coffee and mate.

After breakfast, we will drive back towards Chivay and make various stops along the way to see pre-Incan and Incan terraces, colonial towns, and other views.

Our last stop is the Yanque hot springs where we will stay for approximately one hour to enjoy the hot baths. Afterwards, we will stop for lunch at a local restaurant in Chivay before returning to Arequipa.

En route to Arequipa, we descend from 4,830 meters to 2,325 meters and make a couple stops along the way in through the National Reserve of Aguada Blanca and Salinas and Pampa Cañahuas. There we will see four species of South American Camelids: alpacas, llamas, vicuñas, and guanacos. We will arrive in Arequipa at approximately 5:30 PM.


Included in the trip

  • Round trip tourist transportation
  • Meals (3 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 2 Dinner).
  • English speaking trekking guide – local expert who knows everything about the Canyon.
  • Two night in the shared accommodations & Shared bathroom – upgrades to room with private bathroom available for approx. S/.30 soles.
  • Towel Hire available S/.5 soles.

No Included

  • entrance ticket to canyon: s/.70 soles –
  • entrance to the hot springs: about s/.15 soles – optional
  • Last lunch in Chivay – operators will direct you to the tourist buffet restaurants which cost around 30-40 soles. This is optional and you do not have to eat here.
  • Mule rent is optional (Has Additional cost S/ 80.00)

What to Bring

  • Photocopy of passport
  • Light backpack 45 Lt
  • 5 to 2 litres of water for day 1 (if you need more you can buy along the way)
  • Sun cream (very important) Hats, sunglasses
  • Trekking shoes or boots, Waterproof rain jacket
  • Warm layers, sweater or jacket
  • Shorts or pants for walking
  • Swimming suit, sandals, towel
  • Flashlight/ headtorch – Early trek out of the Canyon starts at 5am before sunrise (It is dark!)
  • Basics like toilet paper, etc
  • Snacks (Breakfast on the last day is AFTER the early morning hike out of the Canyon – bring enough snacks to fuel you up the climb!)
  • Insects repellent
  • Personal medications (if necessary)
  • Hiking sticks (optional)
  • Money for drinks


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Colca Canyon is a canyon in southern Peru, known for its incredible depth and stunning landscapes. It is one of the deepest canyons in the world, reaching depths of over 3,270 meters (10,725 feet).
The most common route is to fly into Arequipa, the nearest major city, and then take a bus or organized tour to Chivay, the gateway to Colca Canyon. From there, you can explore the canyon or arrange further transportation to specific viewpoints.
The best time to visit is during the dry season, from May to November. During this period, you’ll experience clear skies and more comfortable temperatures for hiking and sightseeing.
Yes, Colca Canyon offers several trekking routes, ranging from one to three days. The most popular trek is the Colca Canyon Trek, which takes you through picturesque villages, hot springs, and stunning viewpoints.
Yes, Colca Canyon is famous for its Andean condors. The Cruz del Condor viewpoint is the most popular spot to witness these majestic birds soaring through the canyon. Early morning is the best time for condor viewing.
Yes, there are hot springs in the town of Chivay and nearby areas. Relaxing in the hot springs is a popular activity for visitors, especially after a day of hiking.
Pack comfortable hiking shoes, layers for changing temperatures, a hat, sunscreen, a reusable water bottle, and any personal medications. If you plan to trek, a good backpack is essential.
Yes, Colca Canyon is at a high altitude, and visitors may experience symptoms of altitude sickness. It’s recommended to acclimatize in Arequipa before heading to the canyon and stay hydrated.
The duration of your visit depends on your itinerary. A day trip to see the condors and viewpoints is possible, but for a more immersive experience, consider spending 2-3 days exploring the canyon and surrounding areas.
Yes, there are numerous guided tours available, ranging from one-day excursions to multi-day trekking adventures. Guides can provide valuable insights into the local culture and help navigate the canyon’s trails.
Yes, there are accommodations in Chivay and nearby villages, ranging from budget hostels to more upscale hotels. If you plan to trek, some tours also include camping options.
Yes, many tours include visits to traditional villages such as Yanque and Maca, allowing you to experience the local culture, architecture, and traditions of the Colca Valley.
In addition to Andean condors, you may encounter various bird species, llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas. The canyon’s diverse ecosystem makes it a haven for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts.
While hiking in Colca Canyon is generally safe, it’s essential to be cautious, stay on marked trails, and be prepared with proper gear. Weather conditions can change, so it’s advisable to check with local authorities or guides.
Yes, many travelers combine a visit to Colca Canyon with a tour of other nearby attractions, such as Arequipa, the Colca Valley, and the Misti Volcano. This allows for a more comprehensive exploration of the region’s natural and cultural wonders.

Travel Guide


Colca Canyon, located in southern Peru, is one of the world’s deepest canyons, offering breathtaking landscapes, vibrant cultures, and unique outdoor experiences. This travel guide provides essential information to help you plan a memorable trip to this spectacular destination.

When to Visit:

The best time to visit Colca Canyon is during the dry season, from May to November. This period ensures clear skies and pleasant temperatures, making it ideal for trekking and exploring. Avoid the rainy season (December to April) when heavy rainfall can affect trail conditions.


Colca Canyon has a varied climate due to its diverse altitudes. Days are warm, while nights can be chilly. Layers are essential to adapt to temperature changes. The canyon floor is warmer than the rim, so be prepared for variations in weather as you descend.

What to Bring:

  1. Hiking Gear: Sturdy hiking boots, a comfortable backpack, and trekking poles if desired.
  2. Clothing: Lightweight, moisture-wicking layers, a hat, and a jacket for cooler evenings.
  3. Sun Protection: Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat to shield from the high-altitude sun.
  4. Water and Snacks: Carry a reusable water bottle and energy-boosting snacks for the trek.
  5. Medications: Bring any personal medications, and consider altitude sickness medication if needed.
  6. Camera and Binoculars: Capture the stunning landscapes and wildlife in the canyon.

How to Prepare:

  1. Acclimatize: Spend a day or two in Arequipa (2,335 meters) to acclimatize to the altitude before heading to Colca Canyon (up to 4,160 meters).
  2. Fitness: While you don’t need to be an experienced hiker, basic fitness will enhance your enjoyment of the trek.
  3. Permits: Check if permits are required for specific trails and viewpoints.

How to Dress:

  1. Layers: Dress in layers to accommodate temperature changes during the day.
  2. Comfortable Clothing: Wear moisture-wicking fabrics to stay dry and comfortable.
  3. Hiking Boots: Choose sturdy, ankle-supporting boots for the uneven terrain.
  4. Sun Protection: Use sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to shield yourself from the high-altitude sun.


  1. Cultural Significance: Colca Canyon is not only a geological marvel but also home to the indigenous Collagua and Cabana cultures.
  2. Terracing: The canyon is dotted with ancient agricultural terraces built by these cultures, showcasing their engineering prowess.
  3. Colonial Influence: The Spanish influence is evident in the colonial churches of the villages surrounding the canyon.


  1. Condor Viewing: Don’t miss the awe-inspiring sight of Andean condors at the Cruz del Condor viewpoint.
  2. Village Exploration: Visit traditional villages like Yanque and Maca to experience local culture and witness colonial architecture.
  3. Hot Springs: Relax in the natural hot springs in Chivay after a day of hiking.
  4. Multi-Day Trekking: Consider a multi-day trek to fully immerse yourself in the canyon’s beauty and culture.


  1. Guided Tours: Consider hiring a local guide for trekking or tours to gain insights into the canyon’s history and culture.
  2. Altitude Awareness: Be mindful of altitude sickness; take it easy, stay hydrated, and listen to your body.
  3. Respect Local Customs: Engage respectfully with locals and adhere to cultural norms.
  4. Pack Light: Keep your backpack light and essentials-only for a more comfortable trek.

Colca Canyon offers a truly unique adventure for nature lovers, history enthusiasts, and those seeking an off-the-beaten-path experience in Peru. Embrace the beauty, culture, and challenges of this extraordinary destination.

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