4. From Arequipa: 3-day Colca Canyon Hike Tour Adventure
DAY 1 Very early in the morning, we will depart to the town of Chivay, in a journey of 3 hours from the city of Arequipa. Upon arrival, we will enjoy a lovely breakfast. The tour continues to the Condor viewpoints, at 3,800 meters above sea level, also known as Condors’ Cross. Here, we’ll have the great opportunity to see and admire the incredible Condor flying around. Then, we are going to reach Cabanaconde, the starting point of the trekking to Colca Canyon. Arriving to the viewpoints of Pampas de San Miguel (3,300 m), we are going to descend to the bottom of the canyon along 4.6 miles (3 hours), until we reach San Juan de Chuccho (2,400 m.a.s.l.). This town is surrounded by beautiful and abundant vegetation. Here, we will enjoy a lunch, and we are going to have the chance to learn about local fruit trees and medicinal plants. Later, we’re going to have dinner, and spend the night. DAY 2 After breakfast, we are going to start a total trek of 2.5 miles, taking uphill and downhill paths, and visiting lovely traditional towns such as Cosñirhua, with the opportunity to admire pre Incan ruins. We will also pass through the town of Malata, where we can see its old Spanish church. We’re going have time for lunch. Hiking the Colca Canyon is an amazing experience. Admire impressive canyon views and local flora and fauna. Later, we will descend the canyon until reach the Oasis of Sangalle at 2,225 meters above sea level, to spend the night. Here, you can take a refreshing bath in the pool and enjoy lunch. We can make short tours around the oasis (optional). At night, we will enjoy a delicious dinner, and have time for a well deserve rest. DAY 3 The day Colca Canyon tour starts very early in the morning, with an amazing trek of 3 hours (2.5 miles), ascending the slope of the canyon until we reach the town of Cabanaconde. After enjoying breakfast in this picturesque town, we will take the transport to go towards the village of Chivay. On the way, we are going to visit the viewpoint of Antahuilque, a beautiful place with amazing landscapes to Inca terraces. Also, we will stop at the town of Maca, which stands out for its stunning colonial church. The town of Yanque offers us wonderful hot springs (optional). Visit the Colca Canyon is part of the tourist circuit of south Peru. The huge valley has incredible panoramic views to volcanoes and green fields located on the banks of the Colca river. The Colca Valley is a UNESCO Global Geopark. Later, we are going to get the town of Chivay to enjoy lunch (optional). On our way back to Arequipa, we are going to have the opportunity to pass through the National Reserve of Pampa Cañahuas, home of camelids as alpaca, vicuña and llamas. Upon arrival, we will drop you off at your hotel located in the city center.