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Colca Canyon 3-day trek from Arequipa, Peru

Explore the Colca Canyon with Carlos, an UIAGM certified guide. Discover one of the most beautiful parts of Peru with a local expert.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration3 days
Offer periodApr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate and Group

Highlights

  • Trek across the Colca Canyon with a local guide

  • Explore many enchanting villages

  • Discover a real oasis with warm and pristine water

Description

Right outside the city of Arequipa, only 120 kilometers away from it, lies one of the most stunning canyons on Earth, the Colca Canyon. This nature’s wonder is the perfect place for a hiking adventure. And, it’s an amazing spot if you wish to observe the majestic Andean Condor. Don’t miss the chance to visit it, and join me on this 3-days trip.

Our first day will be full of surprises. I will pick you up and drive you towards Chivay (3,600m). After this point, we’ll continue towards Cruz del Cóndor (3,800m), which is the perfect place for observing condors. Then, we’ll head to Pampas San Miguel (3,300m), where we’ll begin our trekking adventure. As we descend the canyon, we’ll run into a suspended bridge over the Colca river. We’ll also pass Tapay and San Juan de Chuccho, where we’ll get the chance to stay with local families to learn about their culture.

On our second day we’ll explore Tapay (2,900m) and other enchanting farming villages, like Cosnihura and Malata. Then, we’ll hike to the Sangalle (2,225m) a breathtaking oasis, with crystal clear pools of warm water, where we’ll stay for the night.

Day three will begin climbing the side of the Canyon, until we reach Cabanaconde (3,230m).There, we’ll get a delicious breakfast and return through the valley visiting other lovely towns. Also, pending the time and the group, we could stop at the Calera thermal waters, for a refreshing bath. And after lunch at Chivay, we’ll drive back to Arequipa.

If you are up for this trekking adventure, don’t hesitate and send me a request. It will be my pleasure to guide you across this wonderful place in Peru.

Are you looking for a shorter version of this trip? I also guide this 2-day Colca Canyon Trek in Arequipa, Peru.

Accommodation

Family refuge

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I recommend to bring the following items: sleeping bag, comfortable clothing and shoes, gloves, hat, a small backpack for your personal belongings, sunglasses, trekking poles, a water bottle (at least 3 liters), a small flashlight, swimming suit and toiletries.

Meeting point

Arequipa

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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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