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2-day Colca Canyon Trek in Arequipa, Peru

Join IFMGA certified mountain guide Carlos for 2 spectacular days hiking in the Pruvian Andes' Colca Canyon, the deepest river canyon in the world!

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration2 days
Offer periodJun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Skill LevelFirst time
Fitness LevelOpen to everyone
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • Discover the spectacular beauty of the lush Colca Canyon in the Andes

  • Watch condors majestically glide over the stunning Andean landscape

  • Experience the pleasure of bathing in natural Andean thermal baths

Description

Located about 120km from Arequipa, Colca Canyon is renowned as the deepest river canyon in the world and famed as a destination for hiking and for observing the giant Andean Condor. The condor frequents the canyon and can be admired from the superb lookout Mirador de la Cruz del Cóndor (3800m). 
There are agricultural practices ongoing in Colca that out date the Incas and wonderful traditional villages to discover throughout the lush green valleys and rugged rocky landscapes.
The first day will see us rise at 3:30am and head to Mirador de la Cruz del Cóndor (3800m), stopping at Chicay (3600m) on route for lunch. Next we’ll hike to Pampas San Miguel (3300m), and after we’ll descend the canyon with its many beautiful vistas. Later we’ll arrive to Sangalle (2225m) to spend the night, a mountain oasis with gorgeous crystalline pools.
The second day starts by scaling the canyon to reach the town of Cabanaconde (3230m), with several interesting tourist sites including the thermal baths of Calera Chivay. After lunch we’ll return to the city of Arequipa (3 hours).
We welcome those of all fitness conditions as long as you are ready for some consistent walks and excited to explore the surroundings.

If hiking the Andean mountains, luxuriating in thermal baths and admiring the majestic condors sounds fun to you the sign up now and I’ll be waiting to share this marvellous experience with you!

Alternatively, if Arequipa is where you want to be but you’d fancy a day of speed then consider joining me for this half-day mountain biking beginning from the base of Mt Pichu Pichu!

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We recommend bringing the following: Comfortable clothes, coat, ht, sun glasses, walking shoes, water flask, walking sticks, backpack , torch, toiletries

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arequipa - Sangalle

The day includes a visit to Mirador de la Cruz del Cóndor (3800m) to observe the condors gliding around the Andean Landscape

Day 2: Sangalle - Arequipa

Includes time spent at Calcera Chivay thermal baths


About the guide

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IFMGA/UIAGM Mountain Guide from Perú.

I am an Official Mountain Guide with UIAGM certification, I am 35 years old as a guide, and I work in the Peruvian Andes. I am a specialist in organizing Mountain and Trekking expeditions in the Cordillera Blanca, Volcanic Cordillera and Cordillera of Vilcanota. I am part of a family of guides dedicated to guide in the area of Huaraz, Cusco and Arequipa; to take care of our clients we have organized a family company specialized in Adventure Tourism, we have customized packages and programs for groups of friends or clubs; we have logistics equipment of very good quality for mountain and trekking. We also offer mountain bike programs.


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