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US$ 145.00 p/person
(Based on Double / Triple accommodation)
- For experienced trekkers we recommend a private 4 Day Colca Canyon trek which give you much more wonderfull areas to explore and discover impressive little andean villages.
- We recommend to leave your belongings at your Hotel in Arequipa.
- There is an option to stay at Hotel La Posada del Conde or Kuntur Wasi in Cabanaconde in 2 or 3 Day Colca Canyon trek in a private tour. Also it is possible to Continue the way to Puno from Chivay.
Another biggest and best in Peru. Climbing down and back out of Colca canyon, the deepest canyon in the world ..twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the USA. A peaceful oasis at the bottom rewards your climb down to stay with local families and learn of their ancient traditions and soaring condors greet you at the top!
General level of fitness and trekking poles if you have sore knees!
HOTEL POSADA EL CASTILLO : became well known for the discovery of Tombs containing mummies and ceramics from pre Inca periods on their property. Set in a tranquil area know as " El Vallecito District " along the Chili River only 5 mins (60 cents) taxi ride to the main Plaza. Delightful Dutch -Peruvian family run, attending to every detail to ensure a wonderful stay. Elegant, recently refurbished century old hotel, is complete with swimming pool and even a Jacuzzi. For secure transfers from the airport is $6 between 2 people or from the bus terminal is $4 between 2 people. Transfer to the airport or bus terminal from the Hotel is $3 between 2 people.
Therefore if you would like transfers arranged just let us know what your arrival details are.
DAILY DEPARTURES !!! Departures from Arequipa. ( Minimum 2 passengers)
Extra US$ 40.00 for single travellers for a single room for 2 nights.
Moderate Trek Descending to the Colca Canyon.
Usually the group is composed of 10 passengers. Please note that when the group is over 10 trekkers we will organize a 2nd tours guide to assist the group and cover the radio of passengers so the group can go smoothly.
Between 03:00am to 3:30am we collect you from your Hotels 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 hour 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.
Hotel Colibri -Private room with bathroom and shower.
After breakfast we re-commence 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 and then we will visit an authentic church and 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 of the abandoned mines, waterfalls and opportunity to fish for trout in the Colca river, time to relax and enjoy this beautiful site. Accommodation in private room at Hotel Tropical.
Hotel Tropical -Private room with bathroom and shower.
At 4.00am we start our 3 hour 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 Cóndor. 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.
journey from Chivay to Arequipa over 5600 mt pass