The tour starts at 07:00 hrs. from Arequipa to Chivay that is the capital of the Colca Canyon, usually the trip takes 3:30 hrs, but to us take around 5 hrs. because we will make some stops on the road in different places to see different kinds of animals, plants, mountains and more thing during the trip, the most popular stops are in a place called Pampa Cañahuas where you can see vicuñas, one of the camelids that we have in Perú, them also you are going to try coca tea, because is very typical and good for the altitude sickness, then we are going to pass the highest point on the road (4,950 m.s.n.m.) this place is called Patapampa in the Andes view point. Around 12:00 Hrs. we will be in Chivay to have lunch, after the lunch we continue to Cabanaconde 3287 m. (located one and half hrs. from Chivay), arriving around 14:30 Hrs. from this place we will start the trekking adventure walking inside the canyon.
This first day, we will walk down to San Juan de Chuccho 2600 m. the trek take like 3 ½ hrs. In this place we will have the diner and spend the first night in basic lodgment (cabins).
Breakfast in San Juan de Chuccho.
This is the second and hardest trek day walking up and down to Cosñirgua 2750 m., Malata 2450 m. and Sangalle 2160 m. (popularly named as The Oasis because the palms). This day the trek is during 5 hours. Arriving to Sangalle we will have lunch and then we can enjoy the pool of the lodgment (the lodgment is similar to San Juan de Chuccho “basic”).
Dinner and lodgment.
In this day we need to wake up very early to start the trek climbing up until Cabanaconde, this trek starts at 03:30 hrs. in the morning. It is very hot and we don’t want to walk with all the sun over us, arriving to Cabanaconde we’ll have breakfast and them continue the trip to Chivay but on the road we are going to make more stops in different view points like Condor Cross where we can see the Colca Canyon and the flights of the condors, we’ll be in Chivay around midday to have our last lunch there and come back to Arequipa.