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Colca Canyon Trekking – Colca Canyon Peru

The Colca Canyon Peru with a depth of 4160m (13648.29 ft) is the deepest canyon in South America and the second biggest in the world. Located  in the Caylloma province, southeast of Arequipa.

In the bottom of the canyon lies a small hidden oasis. Here you can find tropical fruits, palm trees and refreshing pools. The descent is for about 1200m but totally worth it. 

Thanks to its climate, it’s a natural habitat for many animals such as condors, alpacas, vizcachas or the puma.

In the surroundings you will observe overflowing Andean vegetation, making the perfect scenery for extreme sports such as mountaineering, canoeing or trekking. But it’s also a peaceful place to relax as well, thanks to the thermal waters at La Calera, another tourist attraction because of its healing properties.

You also can also spot Cruz del Condor, the notable viewpoint, is the highest point on this Colca Canyon trekking and where many trekkers stop to enjoy this incredible show.

This place is home of a vast number of Andean condors roost in the rocky outcrop. Often they can be seen gliding closer to the view point. 

During this trek, you will receive a guided tour and will get an overview about the Incas and their rituals. At one point of the journey, you will come across locals dressed in their typical costume.

Their costumes and traditions are a lot different from the Andean people living in Cusco.

Colca Canyon Trekking – Colca Canyon Peru with Minka Peru Expedition:

Our 2 day Colca Canyon Trekking experience is ideal for adventurers seeking a quick getaway with a perfect combination of nature and culture.

The Colca Canyon Peru is one of the most visited destinations inside Peru. The country has a wide variety of places you can visit and enjoy such as navigating at Lake Titicaca, overfly The mysterious Nazca Lines or hike The famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu; definitely Colca Canyon is one of those unforgettable places you must visit!

Please note some additional prices during your trip:

  • Tourist tickets to the Colca Valley are about S/ 70 soles (foreigners).
  • Entrance fee for La Calera’s thermal waters is around S/ 15 soles.

Why travel with us?

  • Get immersed in the enchanting sights along our Colca Canyon Trek Peru.
  • We will make sure that you will have enough time to get impressed with the awe-inspiring views around the Colca Canyon.
  • Minka Peru guides are trained in first aid and on treating travelers with altitude sickness.
  • We take pride in offering freshly cooked delicious Peruvian cuisine with vegan options on all our tours.
2 Days - 1 Night
10+ Age
  • Destination

  • Departure

    Pick up from your Hotel
  • Departure Time

    3:30 AM.
  • Return Time

    Approximately 6:00 PM.
  • Dress Code

    Warm clothes, including jacket, fleeces, gloves, scarf and beanie/touk
  • Included

    First aid kit and emergency oxigen
    Pick up from your Hotel
    Professional Guide
  • Not Included

    Walking Stick

Day 1: Arequipa, Chivay, Cruz del Condor, San Miguel

At 03:30 AM, we will be picking you up from your hotel or hostel in Arequipa. Then we will embark on a 3 hours journey towards Chivay. We will stop in Chivay to have breakfast, before we begin our day tour. We suggest drinking some coca tea or taking some coca leaves for the trip (for chewing) to help avoid altitude sickness. Afterwards, we will continue our journey for another 20 minutes to Cruz del Condor also known as Mirador del Condor (Condor view point) at 3775 meters above sea level. At Cruz del Condor, we will stop for around 40 to 45 minutes to have a chance to spot the majestic Andean Condors gliding in the air, an incredible spectacle we are sure you will enjoy. From here, we will continue our ride for 15 minutes more to San-Miguel (3360 meters). Once in San-Miguel, our guide will give you a briefing as we will be starting our three hours downhill hike towards the Colca Bridge. When we reach Colca bridge, we will stop for a short time to rest and take some pictures. Then we will start a 40 minutes climb up to the hamlet of San Juan de Chuccho (2435 meters). Here, we will stop for  lunch, you will be enjoying a typical Peruvian food. We will continue the hike further for three hours towards Oasis Sangalle (2210 meters). Located in the heart of the canyon on the edge of the Colca river. Here, we will accommodate you in a beautiful lodge. Finally you will have time to walk around the facility and do some activities such as taking a dip in the swimming pool or doing a campfire. At night, we will serve dinner while we share some time together before going to bed.

Day 2: Oasis Sangalle, Cabana Conde, Arequipa

Today, we will start early in the morning at around 04:30am. First we will start a two and a half to three hours up-hill trek to Cabana. On the way we will stop in Mirador de Oasis Sangalle (Viewpoint), a true hidden gem in the grand canyon of Colca because of its beautiful surroundings and breathtaking views. When we reach Cabana, we will stop for breakfast. Next we will  take our transport back to Arequipa. On the way we will stop in Chivay for lunch. We will then be stopping at Mirador de los Andes, from where we will be able to see the mountains and Volcano Misti, (5825 m alt.), Volcano Chachachani (6075 m. alt.) and Volcano Ampato (6286 m. alt.). The Misti is one of the seven active volcanoes on the south of Peru and its peak is located 17km from the center of the city of Arequipa. Our travel guide will explain more about these imposing volcanos. This will be the end of our full day tour, we will continue down the road to Arequipa.

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What is included?
  • Pre trek briefing.
  • Pick-up from your hotel.
  • Breakfast.
  • English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide. (you will have an assistant guide for groups with more than 6 trekkers)
  • One textile snack bag per person, to avoid the usage of plastic bags that contaminate our environment.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary. (optional vegetarian food)
  • Bio-degradable personal hand soaps.
  • 1 emergency horse which can be ridden if you are feeling ill or if are a little slower.
  • Dining tent with camp tables and chairs & Kitchen tent for the cook to prepare meals.
  • First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
What is not included?
  • Dinner on the last night.
  • Tipping is completely optional. We take excellent care of our team members.
Things we recommend that you to bring.
  • A light day pack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek – prepare for a vast range of changes in temperature.
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants if available) or rain poncho. Plastic ponchos can be bought for about $1 in Arequipa.
  • Strong footwear, waterproof trekking boots recommended. Extra socks are a must.
  • Sandals or plastic slip on thongs are also good to give your feet a chance to breath in the evenings if you wish to carry them.
  • Warm clothes, including jacket.
  • Torch/ Flashlight and spare batteries.
  • Camera, films.
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain and cold.
  • Sun block.
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body.
  • Insect repellent – minimum recommended 20% DEET – although no malaria risk has been reported.
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Your own medical kit with any special medications that you might require, paracetamol, second skin for blisters etc.
  • Small towel or sarong.
  • Bathers/swimsuit. (if you intend on swimming in hot springs)
  • Cash – sufficient for snacks and souvenirs.
  • Walking sticks or poles.
  • We can hire the following to you – please contact your Travel Consultant / or our booking forms for the current rates.
How to make a booking.
  • If you would like to make a reservation for this program, please go directly to the Booking online section of this website.
  • Once you have chosen your tour, please read the Booking Terms & Conditions, as your booking is subject to these terms.
  • Then fill out and submit the Reservation Form that you will find in the Booking Online section of this website.
  • In case your reservation is confirmed, a money deposit will be requested to secure your reservation.
  • Once we confirm the deposit reception, your booking is confirmed.
  • A Service Confirmation Form will be sent to you including all the details of your program.
  • Should you have any query or need any further information, do not hesitate to write to us.


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