Day 1 -Option 1:For those with more hiking experience

The guide will collect you at 6:00 in the morning with our private van, which will take us to Pampa San Miguel, where we begin our descent into the canyon. After about 4 hours of trekking we will arrive to the first community, San Juan de Chuccho(2350 m.s.n.m), where we will see theColca river and take a rest. Here we have lunch. We then continue for one more hour to another community named Cosñirhua(2550 m.s.n.m.).  and after another rest we continue our trek for 20 minutes to the next community, Malata (2550 m.s.n.m). Along the way the guide will explain about life in these communities and about the flora and fauna we will see. We then continue walking for 1½ hours until we arrive at an oasis named Sangalle 2160 m.s.n.m). We spend the night here in the oasis lodge, giving you the chance to relax in the oasis and enjoy the beautiful surrounding

Day 2

After waking up very early in the morning we will begin our ascent at 4:00 or 4:30 towards the town of Cabanconde, this will take us about 3 hours, depending on the speed of the group. We will arrive at about 7:00 in the morning and have breakfast. We will then take our van over to la Cruz Del Condor, where we will stay for around an hour, giving you a chance to see the condors and have an excellent view of the canyon. Following the Cruz Del Condor we head to Chivay, the capital of the province and then onto the hot waters of la Calera (35 ºC), very recommendable after a long trek! We then return to Chivay to have lunch before taking our van back to Arequipa, arriving around 6:00 in the evening. The van can drop you off back at your hotel.

Option 2 – For those with less hiking experience

We go straight to Cabanaconde and hike the steeper but shorter route directly down to the oasis. We spend the night here before following the same schedule for Day 2. As we use private transport we can be much more flexible than other companies. If there is anything that you want to stop and see/photograph along the journey, just let our guide and driver know.

  • Private transportation
  • Pick up at the hotel
  • Accommodation for 1 nights
  • Expert tour guide (bilingual Spanish-English)
  • Entrance fee to the Colca Canyon ($ 30 USD)
  • All meals
  • Swimming pool in Oasis
  • First-aid kit
  • Hot springs entrance (in Chivay)
Not included
  • Water
  • Snacks

Do I need a sleeping bag?

No, there is no need for sleeping bags. For the 2-day and the 3-day Colca Canyon trekking, we overnight at local family houses and you will have rooms with beds and blankets. Should you feel cold at night, you can just ask for an extra blanket.

How cold does it get during the night?

There is a difference in temperatures to be noticed in the canyon and at the top of the canyon. In the canyon, the climate is more or less the same as in Arequipa, with sunny days and a bit chilly nights. In the Andean summer from November to March, temperatures range from 7 °C to 10 °C degrees at night. In winter months from July to August, temperatures drop down to 5 °C. At the top of the canyon in towns like Cabanaconde and Chivay, temperatures can get below freezing, particularly in June, July and August. We recommend bringing something warm with you for the nights.

What type of accommodation is used?

For the 3-day trekking, we spend the first night at a local family house in San Juan de Chuccho. The accommodation is a basic, but it is clean and comfortable. The beauty of the homestay is that you have a chance to experience the life of local people and to enjoy the food that they prepare. The second day you will overnight at a hostal in Cabanaconde, with private baths and a hot shower. For the 2-day trekking, we spend the night in the Oasis in cosy bamboo huts.

I am vegetarian, is that a problem?

This is no problem. Our guides can cook vegetarian food for you. Should you have special requirements for meals or you have allergies, just let us know and we will prepare other meals accordingly.

What languages does the guide speak?

All of our guides speak fluently Spanish and English, and some guides know the basics of German and French as well. Our guides are Peruvians and most of them grew up in the Colca region and are very knowledgeable about this area. We can organize a briefing with our guides one day before you start the trekking, so you will be able to have a chat with him/her.

Do I need to carry water with me from Arequipa or can I buy water in the Colca Canyon?

Every three hours you can buy water, snacks, toilet paper or other necessities in the canyon, so do not carry too much water with you. Everything is a bit more expensive in the canyon, as local people have to carry all the goods down into the canyon by themselves or with some help of their mules.

Will the altitude affect me?

On the first day, we pick you up from Arequipa (2300 m) to transfer you to the Colca Canyon and along the way you pass the highest point at Patapampa (4900 m). The starting point of the trekking is at Cabanaconde (3600 m) and you hike into the canyon descending 1000 meters. Everyone responds different to altitude and age, health problems and athleticism do not enter in it. It is very individual and it can vary from visit to visit to the same person. Some people might suffer from some side effects of the altitude, such as a bit headache and exhaustion, but as you are descending to the same altitude of Arequipa, your body will react to that. Here are some tips to help your body acclimatize to the altitude:

  • Make sure you get sufficient sleep before you start the trekking. That is also the reason why we pick you up at 7 AM, instead of the early morning start at 3 AM as other companies offer.
  • Do not eat too much and try to avoid fat food
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Do not hike to fast, but just take small steps to let your body get used to the altitude
  • Drink coca tea, as this increases the absorption of oxygen in the blood.
Our guides will be evaluating each trekking through the first day and observing any signs of altitude sickness. Once you make it the first day, most hikers are fine. In the unlikely event that you suffer from altitude sickness, your guide will carry you to the closest populated area.

What do we need to bring?

  • Hat
  • Sun glasses
  • Rain coat (rain season from January to March)
  • Hiking shoes
  • Hiking clothes
  • Warm clothes for at night
  • Swimming clothes
  • Towel
  • Small back pack
  • Flash light
  • Extra money
  • Insect repellent
  • Water
  • Snacks