For people who enjoy backpacking in the mountains and beautiful hot springs, this is the ideal multi-day trek. You'll have a local guide who will help you discover Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world, with stunning views of the Andes.

Highlights

  • Explore Peru's famous Colca Canyon in four days
  • Trek through high-altitude mountain landscapes
  • Swim in the natural pools in Sangalle deep in the canyon
  • Catch sight of high-flying condors and other wildlife
  • Taste local cuisine in the towns of Chivay and Cabanaconde 
  • Visit Llahuar, a typical village of Andean farmers that live in the canyon

Overview

On this 4-day trek, discover a canyon filled with rivers, verdant forests, and an ancient agricultural tradition. You'll visit villages and farms located at an elevation of 2,800 meters in the impressive rock canyon of the Colca. During the trek, you'll have the chance to interact with friendly Andean farmers and taste the typical foods of the region. Enjoy afternoon swims in natural pools and waterfalls before camping overnight in tents in beautiful natural campsites.

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arequipa - Chivay - Cabanaconde - Llahuar

Colca canyon
Condors flying over Colca Canyon

On your first day in Peru, rise early for a 3 am pick up. After driving through scenic mountain scenery, you'll arrive at Condor Cross by 10 am. You'll have the chance to take a break and walk to a viewpoint to see condors in flight. You'll continue driving for a couple of hours as you take in views of the canyon on your way to Cabanaconde. From the mountain town of Cabanaconde, you will begin your trek at the trail head.

Your hike will take you to spectacular vantage points of the Colca Canyon and also to the spectacular Oruro waterfalls. After a 5-hour trek, you will arrive at Llahuar, a typical village perched at 2,100 meters. In the afternoon, relax in the village's thermal baths, or take advantage of the surrounding alpine lakes and go fishing at sunset. After dinner, rest in camping tents.

Day 2: Llahuar - Fure

Colca Canyon
Terraces leading down into the Colca Canyon

After breakfast, you'll begin a 4-hour trek towards Fure where you'll pass by the small town of Llatica. Once you arrive at Fure (2,800 m), you'll stop for lunch. In the afternoon, it's another 2.5 hours of hiking to the base of the Oruro waterfalls. This is a great place for photos and a quick rest. After dinner, you'll spend the night in camping tents.

Day 3: Fure - Sangalle (Oasis)

Oasis Sangalle in the Colca Canyon
Oasis Sangalle in the Colca Canyon

After breakfast, you'll begin a trek to Sangalle, known as "the Oasis". Along the way, you'll have the chance to stop and look at the local plants with your guide and learn more about Andean vegetation. You'll arrive at Sangalle, a place built by a small community of Andean farmers, to have lunch.

After lunch, enjoy a refreshing dip in the natural swimming pools. The temperature in the pools is around 18ºC. After a relaxing afternoon, take a walk at sunset while dinner is prepared for you. Camp overnight in tents to experience Andean mountain life.

Day 4: Sangalle - Cabanaconde - Cruz Del Condor - Chivay - Arequipa

A traditional hotel in Chivay
A traditional hotel in Chivay

Today, you'll leave very early from Sangalle at 5:00 am to start your ascent to Cabanaconde. Today is your most challenging day of hiking because you'll be following a steep path that takes approximately 3 hours to climb. Once you reach the lookout mountain peak, begin walking down a steep trail that leads you to the town of Cabanaconde.

After a satisfying meal in Cabanaconde, board the bus to go to the Cruz del Cóndor, one of Peru's most beautiful vistas. After taking in incredible views of the canyon, you will return to Chivay for lunch. (This last lunch is not included in the total price of the trip.) After lunch, return by bus to arrive at the town of Arequipa by 5:00 pm.

Map

Map of Colca Canyon Trek - 4 Days
Map of Colca Canyon Trek - 4 Days