Homestay Yanque + Colca Trek 3 Days

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Overview

This three day tour combines the Yanque homestay with the classic two-day Colca Canyon trek. You will get to see the Uyo Uyo ruins of Yanque as well as hike the beautiful Colca Canyon.

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Itinerary

DAY 1: Arequipa – Uyo Uyo – Yanque

You will be picked up from your hotel or hostel in Arequipa’s city center at 7:30am and we will drive north to Chivay making two stops along the way: at the Patapama lookout and in the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve.

Lunch will be served in Chivay. – After eating, we will drive 10 more minutes to a nearby trailhead where we will start our hike to visit the archeological complex of Uyo Uyo located on the right side of the valley. It was built by the Collaguas people and is said to have functioned as an administration center during the Pre-Inca times. The architecture is very impressive with small streets and water canals surrounded by hundreds of Pre-Incan farming terraces which look like small amphitheaters built into the mountains. Along the trail we will see the locals working the land using ancestral systems and techniques for agricultural production. Also we will get to see the famous qolqas, small deposits or stores carved into the cliffs of the surrounding mountains.

After completing the hike to Uyo Uyo, we will go to the Yanque hot springs to bathe in the hot pools for approximately one hour.

After relaxing in the hot springs we will head to Yanque to the home of a local family who will give us lodging. Tourists will have the opportunity to share a pleasant experience with their host family in order to learn a little more about their customs and way of life. A typical homemade dinner made of organic, local food from the Caylloma region will be served in the evening.

We will wake up at 6:00am to eat a traditional breakfast with our host family.

Afterwards, we will enjoy a Folkloric Show in the Yanque main square featuring the typical dance of the region called Wititi and declared cultural heritage.

After saying our goodbyes to our local host family, we will head west to the Condor Cross located on the rim of the Colca Canyon. You will have 45 minutes to enjoy the views and look for condors.

After visiting the Condor Cross, we drive approximately 20 more minutes to the San Miguel trailhead where we will begin the trek. First, we will descend 1000m on a zig zag path down the canyon wall. In approximately three hours we will arrive to a small village called San Juan de Chuccho where we will rest and eat a nutritious lunch.

After resting and eating lunch, we will continue hiking for about two and a half hours along the opposite wall of the canyon until arriving to the Sangalle oasis at approximately 4pm. Here in Sangalle, you will be assigned a bamboo bungalow and will have the evening to relax in the pool and hammocks. Dinner will be served at 7pm and afterwards you will retire to you bungalows to sleep.

The following morning, we will wake up at 5am to climb back out of the canyon to Cabanaconde, a small town situated on the rim of the canyon directly above Sangalle. This three hour, 1000m climb is the most difficult part of the trek. Everyone can climb at their own pace and the group will reunite at the top.

Breakfast will be served in Cabanaconde and the transportation will pick us up afterwards.

We will make our way back towards Chivay by car making stops at Antawilke to see pre-Incan terraces and the Yanque hotsprings to bathe in the hot pools for one hour.

Upon arriving to Chivay we will stop at a local restaurant to eat a buffet lunch.

We then head back towards Arequipa making two final stops along the way at Patapama and the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve. You will be dropped off back at your hotel around 5:30pm.

Inclusions

Included in the trip

  • Transportation
  • English speaking Guide
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

No Included

  • Touristic Ticket (S/.70)
  • Hot Springs (S/.15)

What to Bring

  • Small Backpack
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Cool clothing for hiking
  • Sweater and pants for the evening
  • Sunscreen and sun hat
  • Cash for touristic ticket, hot springs entrance, and tips
  • Passport

Prices

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Faqs

A homestay in Yanque allows you to stay with a local family, providing an authentic cultural experience. It’s an opportunity to immerse yourself in the daily life of the community and gain insights into their traditions.
You can book a homestay in Yanque through various online platforms, travel agencies, or directly with local community organizations. Ensure you make reservations in advance, especially during peak seasons.
Homestays in Yanque typically offer basic amenities such as a comfortable bed, shared bathroom facilities, and home-cooked meals. The focus is on providing an authentic and immersive experience.
While some knowledge of Spanish can enhance your experience, many hosts in Yanque may have basic English proficiency. Communication can be facilitated through gestures and a translation app if needed.
Bring comfortable clothing, a small gift for your hosts, a basic Spanish phrasebook, and an open mind. Consider bringing a reusable water bottle and snacks for the trek.
Yes, many hosts encourage guests to join in daily activities such as cooking, farming, or local celebrations. It’s a great way to learn about their way of life.
The length of the Colca Trek can vary, but common routes take 2 to 3 days. While some routes are challenging, there are options for varying fitness levels. It’s advisable to check with your guide for a trek that suits your abilities.
The Colca Trek offers breathtaking views of the Colca Canyon, picturesque landscapes, traditional villages, and opportunities to observe Andean wildlife such as condors.
Yes, it’s essential to obtain the necessary trekking permits. Your trekking agency or guide can assist you in obtaining these permits.
The best time for the Colca Trek is during the dry season, from May to October. The weather is more predictable, and the landscapes are vibrant.
Yes, hiring a local guide is recommended for a safe and enriching trekking experience. They can share insights into the local flora, fauna, and cultural aspects.
Trekking agencies often provide a mix of local and international cuisine. Vegetarian options are usually available, but it’s recommended to inform your guide about any dietary restrictions in advance.
Depending on the chosen trekking route, there are options for both camping and staying in rustic lodges or guesthouses along the trail.
Given the high altitude of the Colca Canyon, altitude sickness is a potential concern. Acclimatize in Arequipa before the trek and stay hydrated during the journey.
Respect local customs, ask for permission before taking photographs, and participate in activities with an open and appreciative mindset. Show gratitude to your hosts for their hospitality.

Travel Guide

Welcome to the enchanting region of Yanque and the exhilarating adventure of the Colca Trek. This travel guide is designed to provide you with all the necessary information to make your journey a memorable and culturally rich experience.

Location:

Yanque is a charming village located in the Colca Valley, Peru. The Colca Trek offers an opportunity to explore the stunning landscapes of the Colca Canyon, one of the world’s deepest canyons.

Best Time to Visit:

The ideal time to embark on the Homestay Yanque + Colca Trek is during the dry season, from May to October. The weather is pleasant, and the skies are clear, providing optimal conditions for trekking and sightseeing.

Climate:

The climate in Yanque and the Colca Canyon varies, with daytime temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F) during the day and cooler temperatures in the evenings. The high altitude requires acclimatization, so take it easy on your first day to adjust.

What to Bring:

  1. Comfortable Clothing: Pack layers for varying temperatures. Include a waterproof jacket and sturdy hiking shoes.
  2. Daypack: Carry a small backpack for essentials during the trek.
  3. Water and Snacks: Stay hydrated, and pack energy-boosting snacks.
  4. Sun Protection: Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat are essential at high altitudes.
  5. Personal Items: Bring a reusable water bottle, a basic first aid kit, and a camera for capturing the breathtaking scenery.

How to Prepare:

  1. Physical Preparation: Engage in light physical activities to prepare for the trek. The Colca Trek can be challenging, and a reasonable level of fitness is advisable.
  2. Acclimatization: Spend a day or two in Arequipa before heading to Yanque to acclimatize to the high altitude.

How to Dress:

  1. Layers: Start with a moisture-wicking base layer, add an insulating layer, and top it off with a waterproof and windproof outer layer.
  2. Comfortable Pants: Wear breathable, comfortable pants suitable for trekking.
  3. Headgear: Protect yourself from the sun with a hat or cap. Consider a buff or scarf for cooler evenings.

History:

Yanque is rich in history, with its roots dating back to pre-Inca times. The Colca Canyon was inhabited by the Collagua and Cabana cultures before the arrival of the Incas. During your homestay, take the opportunity to learn about the traditions, customs, and daily life of the locals.

Homestay Experience:

  1. Cultural Exchange: Engage with your host family, participate in daily activities, and savor home-cooked meals for an authentic cultural experience.
  2. Respect Local Customs: Follow the lead of your hosts, ask for permission before taking photographs, and show appreciation for their hospitality.

Tips:

  1. Guided Tours: Consider hiring a local guide for the Colca Trek to enhance your understanding of the region’s flora, fauna, and cultural significance.
  2. Altitude Awareness: Be mindful of the high altitude, stay hydrated, and inform your guide of any signs of altitude sickness.
  3. Pack Light: Only carry essentials during the trek to ensure a more comfortable experience.

Prepare for an adventure that combines cultural immersion, breathtaking landscapes, and the warmth of Peruvian hospitality. The Homestay Yanque + Colca Trek promises an unforgettable journey through the heart of the Andes.

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