The condor is a species that has been the focus of worldwide conservation efforts. The condors can be seen at close range as they fly past the canyon walls, and are a popular attraction. The Andean Condor typically lives about 60-70 years, and has a wingspan of about 2.1–2.7 meters (7–9 ft). It is commonly referred to as the "Eternity Bird," as the bird is a symbol of long life and eternity. 'Cruz del Condor' is a popular tourist stop to view the condors. At this point the canyon floor is 1,200 meters (3,900 ft) below the rim of the canyon.

The Trail to the Colca Canyon in Perú is part of an extensive Inca system of trails of more than 23,000 kilometers that integrated the Tahuantinsuyo Empire “The Inka Country” (which means four regions) that covered many South American countries such as Colombia, the west of Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, to the center of Chile and the north of Argentina. These trails tended to be principally on the coast or in the mountains but in a few cases, they reached the tropical edge of the jungle at the Amazon Jungle.

The trails varied in quality and size, they could be 6 to 8 meters wide on the coast but, in the mountains the paving was only one meter wide but the path was audaciously steep and climbed over the difficult Andean mountains. 

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arequipa, Cabanaconde, San juan de Chuccho

Day 1: Arequipa, Cabanaconde, San juan de Chuccho
Day 1: Arequipa, Cabanaconde, San juan de Chuccho

Maximum Altitude: 3,287mts
Distance Travelled: 6-8 kms
Approximate Walking Time: 3-4 hours
Accommodation: Hotel Calibri - Private room with bathroom and shower.


Between 03:00am to 3:30am we pick up you from your Hotel in Arequipa to travel to the Colca valley. We travel by bus approximately 4 hours to Chivay (the main town of the Valley). Here we stop for a late breakfast and to stretch our legs and then we continue towards Cabanaconde 3,287mts (approx. 2 hours) after lunch we begin our 3- 4 hours descent to the floor of the Colca Canyon.

We will be able to appreciate the diverse Andean and tropical vegetation and also the geological formation of the Canyon, from the formation period of the mountain range of the Andes. Once at the heart of the Canyon we will cross the San Juan de Chuccho suspension bridge to arrive to the town. Here we will spend the night at Hotel Colibri -Private room with bathroom and shower. Time to interact with the locals and enjoy their hospitality and dinner.
Meals: BLD


Map - Day 1: Arequipa, Cabanaconde, San juan de Chuccho
Map - Day 1: Arequipa, Cabanaconde, San juan de Chuccho

Day 2: San Juan of Chuccho - Sangalle (oasis)

Day 2: San Juan of Chuccho - Sangalle (oasis)
Day 2: San Juan of Chuccho - Sangalle (oasis)

Maximum Altitude: 2,900 mts
Distance Travelled: 6-8 kms
Approximate Walking Time: 3-4 hours
Accommodation: Hotel Tropical -Private room with bathroom and shower.


After breakfast we recommence our trek climbing gradually to the Andean village of Tapay which is located at 2,900 mts. We will visit Coshñirhua and Malata Villages, located at 2,600 mts then we will visit an authentic church and see the way of life of the locals which are proud to preserve their traditions in a very rustic environment. Their customs lie very close to the "Pachamama" "mother earth".

You will appreciate very beautiful landscapes, ancient farming terraces to cultivate potatoes and other crops, snow-capped summits and a variety of flora and fauna. At 13:00 pm we descend again to the Colca River and arriving to the Oasis or Sangalle Valley 2,100 mts, relax at the swimming pool. After lunch there is time for exploration the abandoned mines, waterfalls and opportunity to fish trout in the Colca river, time to relax and enjoy this beautiful site. Accommodation in private room at Hotel Tropical.


Map - Day 2: San Juan of Chuccho - Sangalle (oasis)
Map - Day 2: San Juan of Chuccho - Sangalle (oasis)

Day 3: Cabanaconde - Chivay - Arequipa

Day 3: Cabanaconde - Chivay - Arequipa
Day 3: Cabanaconde - Chivay - Arequipa

Maximum Altitude: journey from Chivay to Arequipa over 5600 mt pass
Distance Travelled: 6-8 kms
Approximate Walking Time: 3-4 hours


At 4.00am we start our 3 hours walk out of the canyon. Once in Cabanaconde we will have breakfast at (7:45) and then head off for the Cruz del condor. We will stay for approx. 1 hour here, to be able to appreciate the majestic flight of the Andean Condor.

Soon we will continue on to arrive at Chivay at arrival 10:30 am. Once there we will have the opportunity to visit the thermal baths of medicinal waters with a temperature of 35 to 40ºC and opportunity for lunch in Chivay. At approx. 1.30pm we will return to Arequipa arriving approx. 17:00 pm. Transfer to your hotel


Map - Day 3: Cabanaconde - Chivay - Arequipa
Map - Day 3: Cabanaconde - Chivay - Arequipa

End of our Services

INCLUDES

  • Pre-departure briefing: You will meet your Colca canyon trek guide and group in our office for an orientation before your trek. At this time, we will provide you with the duffle bags which will be carried by our Porters. The meeting will be at 6:00 PM the evening before the trip begins. In case you can’t come at this time “please let us know” to coordinate another time. 
  • Touristic Transport: You will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco in the morning and will travel by private transportation to Cabanaconde Village the starting point of the trek to Colca Canyon trek.
  • Adventure Experienced Colca Canyon Tour Guide: English speaking, professionally educated, and official tour guide with tourism certification. They all grew up in this region and have a true passion to teach others about their heritage. Your guide will explain the culture and surroundings along the entire route, including leading your group in ancient ceremonies! He or she will keep you safe, sound, and comfortable on your trek so that you can enjoy your time along the Inca path and will ensure you are safe and happy.
  • Private campsites: Each campsite is carefully choosed for having a very local experience.
    • Night 1: the 1st night will be in a local family lodging in San Juan de Chuccho village, the local lodging has the basic services such as private bathroom and shower with hot water.
    • Night 2: the 2nd night will be in a local family lodging in Sangalle village, the local lodging has the basic services such as private bathroom and shower with hot water.
    • Note: It is not usual that the campsites, lodges or hotels change after the confirmation, however it can vary per government regulations and authorization, also for bad weather conditions and maybe because physical condition of our visitors: any changes in this matter ITEP travel will be informing you previously and as soon as possible.
  • Camping equipment: Dining and kitchen tents, tables, chairs, and cooking equipment (all carried by our porters and horses).
  • Entry ticket to Colca Canyon Trek
  • Meals: 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners (Vegetarian, vegan, or special menus are available at no extra cost) Please be in mind (1st breakfast and last lunch is not included”
  • Medical kit and Oxygen bottle: Our crew will bring a first-aid kit, including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Transfer back: From Chivay village to Arequipa City. Optional you can take a bus connection to Puno.
  • Transfer back to Arequipa: Private touristic transport to Arequipa (Day 3)
  • 24-hour guest service: We have telephone service available 24 hours/day for ease of communication and preparation with the agency leading up to your trek. 

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

  • Walking Sticks: You can rent a set from our company if you would like.
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for our staff: Please note that our agency staff is well paid so please feel free to tip or not as you wish “Recommendation:  Take usd 6 to usd 8 per day per traveler for all the trek staff”- Once again it is optional and can vary according your satisfaction. 
  • Additional costs or delays out of control of the management (landscape, bad weather condition, itinerary modification due to a safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability/strike, etc.)

YOU NEED

  • Original Passport
  • Day Pack                                                    
  • Full rain gear or poncho
  • Gloves (thin riding and warm gloves) 
  • Trekking pants
  • Breathable dry fit top-wear
  • Headlamp 
  • Sunglasses             
  • Hiking socks 
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent 
  • Bathing suit 
  • Comfortable shoes/flip-flops
  • Cold-weather jacket
  • Long-sleeve fleece/sweater Wool hat
  • Hiking boots
  • Baseball cap, sombrero and bandana
  • Casual mountains wear for evenings 
  • Photo/video cameras and chargers 
  • Binoculars
  • Refillable water bottle (hydration bags are recommended)