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From Arequipa: 3-Day Trekking Tour to Colca Canyon

4.6 / 5

15 reviews

Activity provider:Local Tours
Multi-day trip

From Arequipa: 3-Day Trekking Tour to Colca Canyon

Activity provider:Local Tours
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Embark on an epic 3-day trek to explore the Colca Canyon. See condors flying, admire the mountain scenery and stay in local villages.

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Duration 3 days
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
3:00-3:30 AM: Pickup from hotels located at downtown Arequipa (near Plaza de Armas) 3:30-3:45 AM: Pickup from hotels located at San Lazaro, Vallecito and Yanahuara
Small group
Limited to 18 participants


  • Embark on a 3-day trek through one of the deepest canyons in the world
  • Disconnect from the city and enjoy the nature that surrounds this valley
  • Arrive at the Condor's Cross and watch condors flying over your head
Full description
Day 1: Arequipa - Condor’s Cross - San Juan de Chuccho Early morning pickup around 3:00-3:30 AM from your hotel. After driving for around 4 hours, stop in Chivay to have breakfast. Then, continue to one of the most popular points of the canyon, the Condor’s Cross. Stop for about 40 minutes to watch the condor flying. Drive for 20 more minutes to where your trek downhill begins. Hike downhill for approximately 4 hours until you reach San Juan de Chuccho. Have lunch, dinner and sleep overnight in the village of San Juan de Chuccho.  Day 2: San Juan de Chuccho - Malata - Sangalle Departure around 8:00 AM after breakfast. Continue hiking and pass by Cosñirhua town, where it is possible to see archaeological ruins left by Pre-Incan cultures. Reach Malata town and its old Spanish church. Then, continue hiking further into the canyon, until you reach Sangalle, the deepest part at an altitude of 1900 m. Sangalle is a lush green oasis with a tropical microclimate. Here you can enjoy the swimming pool after a long day of hiking. In the evening, have dinner and sleep overnight. Day 3: Sangalle - Cabanaconde - Chivay - Arequipa or Puno Leaving early morning around 5:00 AM, start hiking uphill for about 3 hours back to Cabanaconde town using torch lights. This part of the trek can provide spectacular views of sunrise. Have breakfast upon arrival, then head to Chivay. On the way, have a great view of pre-Inca terraces, some archaeological ruins and colonial towns. Around noon, arrive at the hot springs with water temperatures of 38°C, where you can relax in a warm bath. In Chivay, you can opt for a buffet lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, start your return to Arequipa. On the way, you will descend from 4830 meters to 2325 meters passing by a national reserve with llamas and alpacas. Arrive in Arequipa late afternoon and be dropped off next to Santa Catalina Monastery. If you choose the option to be dropped off in Puno, you will leave from Chivay after having lunch. After several hours travelling, arrive around 6:45 PM in Puno. You will also make a stop in Pampa Cañahuas to have great views of the local landscapes.
  • Pickup from your hotel in Arequipa
  • Drop-off in central Arequipa or Puno (depending on option selected)
  • 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Bilingual English and Spanish-speaking guide
  • 2 nights' accommodation in a lodge (shared room for up to 4 people with shared bathroom)
  • Drinks
  • Entrance ticket to Colca Canyon - 20 soles for Peruvian citizens / 40 soles for Latin-Americans / 70 soles for foreigners
  • Entrance to the hot springs - 15 soles per person
  • Lunch in Chivay on last day - around 30 soles per person
Not suitable for
  • Children under 2 years
  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information

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  • This longer trek is recommended for you to have more time to enjoy the views and take pictures of the impressive landscapes of the Colca Canyon
  • Accommodation will be in a very simple lodge. The local partner will try their best to accommodate groups and couples together. Bathrooms are outside the rooms and shared. You can choose an add-on at checkout to upgrade to a private room with bathroom for the second night only
  • Generally very little acclimatization is necessary if you have spent time in Arequipa, Puno or Cusco
Customer reviews

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4.6 /5

based on 15 reviews

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We had a really nice 3-day trip to the Colca Canyon. Our guide, Percy, was really kind and enthousiastic. During the hikes, that were sometimes quite challenging, he respected everyone’s pace and made everyone feel comfortable. In the evening, we even played soccer and had a campfire. We enjoyed every minute of it! Thank you, Percy!

September 14, 2022

De tocht was fantastisch. Percy onze gids kon heel goed het tempo van de groep inschatten en wist veel weetjes over de natuur en cultuur te vertellen. We werden echt een groep door zijn enthousiasme en betrokkenheid. Mooie herinneringen hebben we hieraan.

August 6, 2022

Einzigartige Erfahrung in unglaublicher Umgebung. Unser Guide Geancarlo sprach gutes Englisch und konnte uns viele tolle Insider Informationen über diese epische Umgebung berichten. Ich würde den Trip als herausfordernd beschreiben, insbesondere am letzten Tag, wo wir ab 04:30 Uhr ca. 3 Stunden einen steilen und anstrengenden Aufstieg in Höhen über 3000 m. zu bewältigen hatten. Einziger Kritikpunkt sind die von der Agentur ausgewählten Unterkünfte, wo insbesondere für uns Gruppenteilnehmer teilweise indiskutable Zustände herrschten. Die Gäste , die diese Unterkünfte selber gebucht hatten, hatten z.b WLAN, besseres essen und bessere Zimmer. Insbesondere nach diesen anstrengenden Wanderung hätte man sich das auch gewünscht. Gerne hätte ich dafür ein paar Soles mehr gezahlt. Ansonsten war die Erfahrung einfach nur unbeschreiblich schön.. wir haben Kondore gesehen, so wie auch freilebende Alpakas und Vicunas.

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June 4, 2022

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