The Colca Canyon is a very beautiful valley near the village of Chivay in southern Peru.
Canyon has more than three thousand meters deep, is the deepest in the world, is almost two times deeper than the Grand Canyon of Colorado, is surrounded by terraced crops, hot springs, many villages where time seems to stand still, is common across herds of guanacos, llamas and alpacas, crossed on the roads and where many still linger coyas traditions, religious rites, their music, their clothes (especially women), their houses of mud and straw and much most definitely a unique experience.
Difficulty: Medium (90% of passengers can finish the trek on their own).
Total distance: 22.5 Km.
Elevation gain on the walk: 3150 M.
Climate: Subtropical (plenty of sunshine during the day and cold at night, dry environment) to Cabanaconde.Semi-tropical in the canyon, (26 a 28 °C at day,sunny and rain usually December to March in the afternoon; mild nights).
3 AM. We will meet in your hotel in Arequipa and then start the private or shared guided tour to the second deepest canyon in the world: The Colca Canyon. Going up to 4200m, where is located the Natural Reserve of Salinas and Aguada Blanca (vicugnas, lamas and alpacas).
Arrival to Patapampa (4850m), a natural view point that allows to watch the andean mountains range.
6 AM. We will arrive to Chivay town, located over 3600m, breakfast and departure to Cruz del Condor view point for watching condors and the canyon.
Then arrival to Cabanaconde and lunch.
Then we wil start the trek walking around 4 hours until arrive to San Juan de Chuccho, where we will stay for one night in a family run bungalow.
Dinner and overnight.
8AM after breakfast we will sstart hiking for approximately four hours, crossing small villages (Malata and Cosñirhua), going up hills, over 2600m above sea level and down again to our next destination called Sangalle/Oasis, where we`ll find a nice place to spend the night with bamboo bungalows, pretty swimming pools between palm trees, surrounded by the Colca River, dinner and overnight in a family lodge.
4am we will going up to Cabanaconde during 3 hours(3280m). This day we walk up 1050m, for the last hard and steep trail of our excursion. Arrivel to Cabanaconde and breakfast. Departure by bus to Chivay, visit to the hot springs La Calera and Lunch.
13:30 hrs. Departure tourist bus Chivay to Puno, in this service we will visit – Stop at Viewpoint Patapampa Volcano (4950 m) (10 min) – Stop Chucura Volcan, Stop in Lagunillas: birdwatching and lakes (10 min).
19:30 Landing: Puno bus terminal.
END OF SERVICES
+ English-Speaking Guide
+ Tourist Transportation
+ 03 breakfasts, 02 lunches and 2 dinners
+ 01 night in San Juan de Chuccho and 01 night in Sangalle (basic accommodation and shared bathroom)
+ Todas las comidas durante el viaje (03 desayunos, 02 almuerzos, 02 cenas).
+ Tourist Bus to Puno
+ hot springs La Calera
✘ Entrance Fee to the Colca Canyon: 70 Soles