Trekking, inside one of the most important adventure destinations in Peru. As the second deepest canyon in the world, Colca offers the most beautiful landscapes for trekking activities from Arequipa or Chivay.
Adventure Trekking in the Andes of Peru
This is the best way to explore the depth of Colca Canyon. The beginning trails start in Cabanaconde or Pampa San Miguel.
The itineraries includes 2, 3, 4 days inside the Colca Canyon. Private trekking includes special activities and the visit to viewpoints non visited by the tourist mass.
A journey to the Valley usually takes about 3 hours by tourist bus, across the high Andean plateau, reaching a high point of 4900 meters at the “Mirador de los Volcanes,” which offers fine views of several volcanoes that soar to more than 6,000 meters.
Hiking Routes for Reaching Oasis – Sangalle
Discover different hiking routes through different small villages for discovering the bottom of the Colca Canyon.
Travelers can choice the best alternative for starting from Puno, Chivay or from Arequipa city.
Slicing through the High Andes like a giant fissure for more than 100km. This is the world’s second deepest canyon, approximately 3,400m at its deepest point; a shade shallower that the nearby Cotahuasi Canyon and nearly twice as deep as the US Grand Canyon.
However, the canyon’s walls are not as vertical as the ones of the Grand Canyon.
Since they are such major features of the landscape, the Colca and Cotahuasi canyons are both easily recognizable in even low-resolution satellite photos of the region.
The Canyon is surrounded by Andean peaks (and at least one very active volcano), so the measurement is taken from the top of the peaks to the bottom of the canyon.
Attracting more and more visitors each year, in addition to the awesome sights, are the Andean condors.
This is home of the majestic Condor. Tourists can see the big condors at fairly close range as they fly through the canyon.
The canyon is the natural habitat of the great Andean condor (Vultur gryphus), a species that has seen world-wide effort to preserve it.
‘Cruz del Condor’ is a popular tourist stop to view the condors, the pass where condors soar gracefully on the rising thermals occurring as the air warms.
The condors hunt in the early morning and late afternoon, so it is best to be there during those times. At this point the canyon floor is 3,960 ft (1,200 m) below the rim of the canyon.
This is also ideal for Adventure Sports. In addition, the La Calera natural hot springs is a wonderful way to relax after a day’s touring. The hot springs are located at Chivay, the biggest town.
The Sangalle Valley is located in the heart of the Colca Canyon. It is a space where there is vegetation and lodgings for tourists who wish to enjoy a good trip in the middle of this beautiful Arequipa landscape.
Sangalle is a very popular destination for trekking and adventure lovers. It is located on the edge of the Colca River and for reaching this place you must descend through the slope of the Colca Canyon along a horseshoe-shaped path.
The climate of this valley is warm and humid, which allows flora and fauna to develop normally. The area is mainly fruit growing and has a controlled vegetation growth making it an ecologically pleasant and natural area.
Colca Trek vs Inca Trail:
- The Inca Trail is harder than the Trekking inside the Colca Canyon as you will be in higher altitude (Colca 3300 MASL – Inca Trail 4300 MASL)
- Trek into the Colca Canyon is the ideal way for training to the Inca trail or Salkantay Trek.
Tour vs Trek:
- Classic tours include the visit to Cruz del Condor view point and not goes inside the canyon. Trekking options allows you to hike to the oasis (Sangalle).
- It’s very important to be in good shape and fit for hiking Colca Canyon the Second Deepest Canyon in the World.
- Colca Canyon tour bus includes short hikes.