Among the deepest Canyons in the world, the Colca region offers some of the finest scenery of the Andean mountains, as well as the best trekking and climbing in Arequipa. At the bottom of the Canyon you can find a green oasis full of palm trees and natural springs pools, where visitors are welcome and allowed to camp. This is a little paradise, where a generous river created by nature, millions of years ago, still flows into agricultural fields of the native people, providing food for the different communities along the Canyon. The views are excellent and condors can be seen almost year around.
Program 3 days / 2 nights
1° Day: Arequipa - Cabanaconde - Paclla
At 6:00 hrs. you will be picked up from your hotel by a representative of our agency and transferred to the bus station to take the bus to Cabanaconde. Along this journey we drive over a pass that is over 4,800 m /15,748 ft. We arrive in Cabanaconde at around 13:00 hrs. Upon arrival, we will have time to have lunch at the little village of Cabanaconde. Afterwards we will descend into the Canyon, following a winding path that leads down to the bottom of the Canyon until we reach the village of LLAHUAR at around 17:00 hrs. At this village we will have some free time to explore some parts of the Colca Canyon and afterwards we will have dinner under a starry night. Overnight at the village of Llahuar.
2° Day: Paclla to Sangalle
After breakfast we will continue our trek throughout the Canyon to.the village of PACLLA and the Natural Lookout point of Apachetas (piles of stones place on one another, in a vertical way, used by Andean people as signals or to mark the road). We will walk for about 4 hours till we arrive at the gorgeous and peaceful town of SANGALLE. We will have lunch and in the afternoon visitors may go to swim in a nice pool called The Oasis or walk to the Colca river. That night we will have dinner and make a bonfire. Overnight at village of Sangalle.
3° Day: Sangalle - Cruz del Cóndor - Chivay - Arequipa
Soon after breakfast (04:00 hrs) we will start to ascend to the village of Cabanaconde (3 hours aprox.). Around 08:00 h. We will reach the famous lookout point known as CRUZ DEL CONDOR, where we can observe the mighty flight of the Andean Condor. Afterwards we will head to the town of CHIVAY, where we have the chance, once more, to relax in the hot springs known as La Calera (35°C/95ºF). Afterwards we will have lunch in Chivay and eventually will return to Arequipa, getting there by sunset. End of the tour.