Colca Canyon Trek | A Hiking Adventure in Peru
On your Colca Canyon Trek, you will hike down the second deepest canyon in the world and enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience when watching the majestic condors fly. The beautiful scenery and wildlife on the way to Cabanaconde is part of this unique adventure. While trekking to the village of Llahuar, the apachetas will guide your way just like in ancient times. Deep in the canyon, you will fall in love with the serene Sangalle oasis, taste mouth-watering nutritious local foods, relax in natural hot springs and try your luck at trout fishing in the Colca River.
Highlights of the Colca Canyon Trek: 3 Day Hike the Colca Canyon from Arequipa
Itinerary Overview: This service is a private service
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Day 1: Travel from Arequipa to Cabanaconde by bus. Begin your Colca Canyon trek and exploration of this impressive landscape with a moderate descent (4 hours) to Llahuar.
Day 2: Trek along ancient paths to Sangalle (4 hours). Spend the afternoon relaxing along the oasis pool or relaxing along the banks of the Colca River. After lunch we will continue ascending to Cabanaconde (3 hours). Overnight stay at a comfortable hotel in Cabanaconde.
Day 3: Visite Cruz del Condor. From here, you will have the chance to see the Andean Condor and enjoy a lunch with a local family in Yanque before returning to Arequipa.
To learn more about the experience of this wonderful Colca Canyon trek, read our blog post Why you should trek Peru’s Colca Canyon.
We recommend you book your Colca Canyon trek at least 10 days in advance.
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DepartureFrom your accommodation in Arequipa
Departure Time3:00AM - 3:20AM
Return Time5:00PM - 6:00PM
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Day One: Feel the calm of nature as you descend into the Colca Canyon
- Hiking time: Approximately 4 hours
- Hiking Level: Strenuous
- Meals: L, D
- Accommodation: Basic cabins
- Included activities: Tourist entry ticket for the canyon and all the activities described in the itinerary accompanied by a professional tour guide
Day Two : Guided by the ancestors to an incredible oasis
- Hiking time: Approximately 7 hours
- Hiking level: Strenuous
- Meals: B, L, D
- Accommodation: hotel accommodation in Cabanaconde
- Activities: All the ones described in the itinerary accompanied by a professional tour guide
Day Three: The amazing soaring of condors and beautiful viewpoints
- Hiking time: Approximately 3 hours
- Hiking level: Easy
- Meals: B, L
- Transport: Private tourist transport
- Activities: All the ones described in the itinerary accompanied by a professional tour guide.
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Linnette & Michael Edwards
This three day trek was the highlight of our (my husband and I) second trip to South America. We were visited in Arequipa the night before by our guide ,Veronica, who told us what to expect. If you want a gentle jaunt, this isn’t for you but if you want a real experience then this is one you won’t forget! Being 60+ PIE PERU must have thought we would hold up the under 30’s so we had Veronica to ourselves! She was fantastic and looked after us so well. The variety of flora, the sheer magnificence of the scenery and the majestic condors are breathtaking. Accommodation in the canyon is very basic but interesting and friendly. the second night is like a little tropical oasis- complete with natural warm pool – a wonderful resting place before the last day’s slog back up the canyon! Are you fit enough? We are reasonably fit and walk a lot. , I had a knee replacement 5 years ago and despite being passed on the way up by a lot of under 30’s, I made it. The toughest thing we’ve ever tackled but absolutely fantastic – thanks to Veronica who looked after us so well. If you get the chance , do it – the sense of achievement is amazing!
Visited March 2015
Ross Downey & Emma Shergold
After trekking the Inca trail, we had booked this trek as an enjoyable relaxing trek to follow it up, and we weren’t disappointed! After meeting with our guide Yolanda the day before to get a brief, we were picked up extremely early for the trek in order to make it to the Condor Cross to see the condors at the best possible time. We turned up on time as did the condors, just spectacular watching them soar up the canyon! The descent itself into the canyon was a wonderful walk with amazing views across and down the canyon. Doing the three day trek meant that there was no rushing to get to the oasis on the first day, we had the afternoon to relax in the canyon. Day two was a gentle stroll across to the oasis, still with a few steep sections, but with a guide who had an in-depth knowledge of the flora and fauna and could answer everything we threw at her! The oasis itself with its pools was wonderfully relaxing, although if anyone tells you in advance the pools are warm, they’re lying!! The water is cold, but with the heat of the sun on the surrounding stones its perfect. In order to meet the bus the following morning meant a very early start, however with the constant views and cooler morning air the trek up (1200m in just over 3 hours) was remarkably easy. Having all meals provided meant there was never any need to worry about food and there were plenty of places to buy water along the way. All in all this was an amazing trek which I would recommend to everyone. Provided you have the time, I would recommend the three day trek over the two day purely because it gives you more time to relax and enjoy the canyon.
Our three day hike to Colca Canyon was a great experience! The trek was quite strengeous, but at every turn we were submerged in a new beautiful view of the canyon, which made us forget the efforts. Every path we walked had it’s own charateristics and beauty. Because of the tough hike, we were so proud to have reached the bottom of the canyon on the first day, and the top again on the next. Accommodations were very good, serving great food, and especially the first night at Llahuar was gorgeous located at the Colca river.
Our guide Marcelo was the best! He was so well educated and provided us with a lot of information about nature and culture of the region. He was fun to be with and his English knowledge was great. The hike is quite tough for a not so young couple, as we are, but Marcelo made it feel easier for us with his patience, nice stories and information. We had some muscle strain for a few days afterwards, but it was so worth it. What a great trek!