Colca Canyon

Colca Canyon Trek 3 Days/2 Nights

Colca Trek 3 Day takes you to explore the bottom of the Canyon, overnight in San Juan de Chuccho and Sangalle, semi private Colca Canyon trekking group. The trek starts at 3AM, on first day the visit to Cruz del Condor view point is included after that we hike for around 3 hours Pampa San Miguel to San Juan de Chuccho. On the second day trek takes 3 1/2 hours from San Juan de Chuccho to Sangalle. On day 3 we go up from Sangalle to Cabanaconde, afterwards we continue in a guided bus stopping in natural view points and relaxing time at Colca Canyon hot springs.

3 Day Colca Canyon Trek Itinerary:

Day 1. Arequipa – Chivay – Cruz del Condor – San Miguel – San Juan de Chuccho

At 3AM pick up from your hotel in Arequipa and then we start the private or shared guided tour to the second deepest canyon in the world: The Colca Canyon. Going up to 4200m, where is located the Natural Reserve of Salinas and Aguada Blanca (vicugnas, lamas and alpagas). Arrival to Patapampa (4850m), a natural view point that allows to watch the andean mountains range. At 6AM we will arrive to Chivay town, located over 3600m, breakfast and departure to Cruz del Condor view point for watching condors and the canyon. Then we arrive to Pampa San Miguel, where we will start the trek going down for around 4 hours. Going on we reach San Juan de Chuccho, lunch and free afternoon for walking around and share time with locals. Dinner and overnight in a family rund bamboo lodge.

Day 2. San Juan de Chuccho – Malata – Cosñirhua – Sangalle

At 8 AM after breakfast we will start hiking for approximately four hours, crossing small villages (Malata and Cosñirhua), going up hills, over 2600m above sea level and down again to our next destination called Sangalle/Oasis for having lunch and where we will find a nice place to spend the night with bamboo bungalows, pretty swimming pools between palm trees, surrounded by the Colca River, dinner and overnight in a family lodge.

Day 3. Sangalle – Cabanaconde – Chivay – Arequipa

At approximately 4am we will going up to Cabanaconde during 3 hours (3280m) during this day we will hike up 1050m, for the last hard and steep trail of our excursion. Arrive to Cabanaconde and breakfast. Departure to Chivay, visit to the hot springs La Calera. Lunch and return to Arequipa, guided stops in route at: Patapampa, a natural view point located at 4800 MASL where we will watch the southern mountain range; later we will stop at Pampa Cañahuas for watching the vicugnas, alpagas and lamas. Arrive to Arequipa city at 6 PM.


English-Speaking tour guide
Tourist transportation
Colca Canyon Entrance Fee
Overnight in San Juan de Chuccho (basic accommodation and sharedbathroom) andSangalle (basic accommodation with private bathroom)
Meals: 3 breakfasts – 3 lunches - 2 dinners
Walking Sticks
Entrance fee La Calera thermal water

Not Includes:


Departures Tour Price
Daily departures Colca Canyon Trek 3 Day Backpacker Service $160 American Dollars Per Person

What You Need to Bring

Small backpack 60lt
Trekking shoes
One complete change of clothing
Strong comfortable and waterproof footwear
Rain jacket or poncho (December to april)
Strong comfortable and waterproof footwear
One complete change of clothing
Sweater and jacket (something warm)
Sun block (sun protection cream)
Sunglasses and swinsuit for the hot springs
Hat or cap to protect you from the sun

Colca Canyon Fun Facts

Colca Canyon is more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon
The Canyon is home of a great variety of flora and fauna
The Condor can be seen at “Cruz Del Condor” and “Tapay” viewing point
Other notable bird species present in the Colca include the giant hummingbird
The Valley is a wonderful and colourful andean valley with small towns with andean terraces on the both side of the Canyon
The valley is at its most beautiful in April and May, when the fields are green and the mountains snow-capped