DAY 1. – If you take the tourist bus on shared service we pick you up from your hotel in Arequipa from 3:00 am to 04:00 then we travel to Cabanaconde in the Colca Canyon.
Yes by tourist bus on shared service you need to wait one hour the transport because we need pick up the different passengers from different hotels. But if you don´t like to share the transport with other tourist and wait one hour, At the end of this program we will propose you one private transport with only 6 people And we can leave at 4:00 am. like that is more comfortable, you can visit the colca valley and make many stops along the way.
About 6 hours driving from Arequipa to Cabanaconde. On the way we have a stop for breakfast in Chivay Village, later we continue to Cobdor cross (this is the best place to see the Condors) here we make another stop.
Then with the same transport we continue to Cabanaconde here we start the trek.
All the travel agencies Arequipa-Peru make the trek on this direction:
Cabanaconde- San Juan de Chuccho – Coshñirhua - Malata – Oasis
These villages are visited for the 2-3 days colca canyon trek with the classic travel agencies.
The 2-3 days Colca canyon treks offered by the classic travel agencies in Peru-Arequipa take the same path. ( same direction)
Example if for 2 days Colca canyon trek there are 200 tourists and for 3 days there are 300 people, 500 people will start the trek at the same time. Because the 2-3 days trek start the trek at the same point: from “San Miguel viewpoint” in Cabanaconde
The 2 day Colca trek on the opposite direction with Pablo tour:
Cabanaconde-Oasis-Malata-Coshñirhua-San juan de Chuccho -Cabanaconde
Colca canyon trek 2 days on the opposite direction with Pablo tour Itinerary:
We start the Colca canyon 2 day trek from Cejana Pata viewpoint and not from San Miguel viewpoint.
Once we arrive to Cabanaconde 3300mhsl we trek to the Oasis 2100mhsl, we start the trek 10:00 am, we trek to the bottom of the Canyon to the Oasis of Sangalle.
Here there are palms, swimming pool with temperature of 35 grados centigrados.
The temperature of the canyon in the night is from 12 to 35 grados centigrados.
We lunch in Oasis.
After lunch and swimming we trek to San Juan de Chuccho on the way we cross Malata village, Coshñirhua village, then we arrive to the home stay in San Juan de Chuccho.
This day we trek: 3 hours down from Cabanaconde 3300mhsl to the Oasis 2200mhsl
And one hour up hill to Malata 2600mhsl then 2 more hours down to San Juan de Chuccho 2200mhsl.
We spend the night in home stay in San Juan de Chuccho in home stay
DAY 2.- We leave from San Juan de Chuccho 2200mhsl to Cabanaconde 3300mhsl
Yes this is the harder part of the trek, walk up hill 1200m in 10 km of path. In 4 hours we leave very early, 4 am and we arrive to Cabanaconde after 4 hours trek.
We will have breakfast in Cabanaconde. From there we will go to Chivay, on the way we will have one stop for the preinca terracies ( if you take the tourist bus service) but if you take the private car service many stops on the colca valley with a great view of pre-Inca terraces, some archeological places and colonial towns amongst others views.
We arrive in Chivay at the hot springs "La Calera", with water temperatures of 38°C. In Chivay we will enjoy a typical lunch of the region.
In the afternoon we will have transportation back to Arequipa. On the way, we ascent from Chivay village 3700 m. to 4.830 mhsl. Then down to 2.325 mhsl. and pass through the national reserve and Pampa Cañahuas, habit of the four species of South American camelids (llama, alpaca, vicuña and guanaco). We do 2 stops on the way to de the natural viewpoint at 4830. And also in the national park, to see lamas, alpacas and vicuñas. At the end of the afternoon we arrive in Arequipa (approximately 18:00).
With tourist bus service only 2 stops on the national park , but with private car service many stops , you can stop anywhere on the national park.
End of service.
Negative aspects of Colca canyon 2 days trek on the normal direction with other travel agencies.
-Many people at the start of the trek
-Many People during the trek
-Many people in the nature, in the canyon that is not so funny
-All people arrive to the Oasis at the same time to swimming
-Arrive to late to the Oasis 4-5 pm and the sunset in the canyon all year is from 5 to 5:30 pm
-many people in the Oasis
We are Pablo tour and we never follow the big groups and classic travel agencies
To avoid the crowd we make the 2 day Colca canyon trek in the opposite directions.
Advantages of 2 day Colca trekking on the opposite direction with Pablo tour:
-Only customers from Pablo tour on the start of the trek ( cejana Pata)
-you will not follow the typical tourist crowd and like this we will more enjoy the canyon , for pictures and nature.
-We arrive to the Oasis 13:00 and we enjoy the swimming pool without the crowd
-We spend the night in a home stay in San Juan de Chuccho.
-In San Juan de Chuccho we work with a home stay where there are not so much tourists.
Included Colca canyon 2 day trek :
• Round trip tourist transportation (shared , 20 tourist with some guides) Or private transport maximun 6 people
• Meals (2B,2L,1D)
• English speaking trekking guide
• One night in the rustic huts
•Entrance fee for the national park and condor cross
* ticket for the hot spring in Chivay.
• Cooking Equipment
Not included colca canyon 2 day trek
• Tips for guide, your water during the trek, not problem you can buy in bottle each 3 hours inside the canyon every day.
Note: For people who get tired during the trek it is possible to hire mules. 70.00 soles from Oasis to Cabanconde (last day of the trek)
What to bring:
• Light backpack
• 1 ½ litres of water (in all the villages we pass through there are small shops where it's possible to buy water and other drinks)
• Trekking shoes or boots
• Warm sweater or jacket
• Shorts or pants for walking
• Swimming suit
• Camera and enough batteries
Type of service:
ð By tourist bus on Shared service: 20 people in the transport 10 people in the trek with our professional guide: You need to wait one hour. From 3:00 to 3:40 am on the first day.
ð By private car service: only 6 people in the transport and only 6 people in the trek with our professional guide, you can stop anywhere with more visit on the valley, and national park and you don´t need to wait one hour. on the first day: With this service we pick up the passengers at 4 am from their hotels. You don´t wait one hour for the pickup.
Note 1) you don´t need sleeping bag but you need warm clothes for the bed; local people provide you 2 banquets per person.
Note 2) you don´t need mattress or tent because we sleep in basic bamboo huts with bamboo beds with mattress.
If you like to continue on the day 2 from Colca (Chivay) to Puno city instead continue to Arequipa city, you have 2 options:
1.- By tourist bus on shared service:
-On the transport will be from 20 to 40 people.
-At the end of the service this transport arrive only to the bus station of Puno and not to your hotel.
-This transport make only 2 stops along the way
-if you like to stop in other place is not possible.
2.- By private car
-In the transport will be maximum 6 people
-The end of the service is in the door of your hotel In Puno city
-You can stop for pictures, toilettes. 7-10 times or more
Price ( we need minimum 2 people)
Important: inside the canyon there are not hotels or Lodges.
Some home stay offer hot water , but they use solar panel and after use the first customer there are not more hot water , that is the reason that we can`t offer you hot water on the showers. If you have luck yes you can find hot water but if not will not our responsibility , or some home stay offer hot water and they don`t have the system solar panel.
In the most villages and accommodations and in the Oasis there are not electricity all night. They have their own solar panel or turbine. Yes you can charge your batteries but not wait electricity on the bedroom.
Some accommodation have private bathroom but there are limited rooms with bathrooms, if for you is very important please tell us with months in advance.
The rooms inside the canyon: hostels, home stay or lodges are really very basic they try offer you the best that they have, but please don`t wait or dream with really lodges or hotels.
Inside the rooms you will have bed and blankets not carry sleeping bags but carry warm pijama for the bed or trekking liners.
Inside the canyon or in Cabanaconde there are not ATM`s please carry cash.
Important: During the trek we include one mule that Carry 8 kilos per each customer during the trek inside the Canyon. (available only by private car service)
If you like to ride on the mule: we don`t recommend it because there was some accidents. Normally people ride on the mules the last day of the Colca trek from the bottom of the canyon to Cabanaconde. If some of our customers decide to do it we are not responsible for future accidents and remember this is extra, this service is not included on our treks. We include just the mule that carry your personal things during the Colca trek (8 kilos per each customer)
BAGS FOR THE MULE.- And remember we provide on the treks bags to transport your personal things ( 8 kilos per person) like that you need during the trek just a day bag to carry your sunblock, bottle of water, camera etc. Available only by private car service.
ECOLOGICAL BAGS FOR THE RUBBISH.- ( available on private car service and by tourist bus on shared service) Pablo tour is an ECO RESPONSIBLE COMPANY , Pablo tour`s team take care the nature and during our tours, treks and expeditions our guides carry a bag for the plastic bottles . Please if you buy plastic bottle of water during the trek put the empty plastic bottle inside our ecological bags, the guide will transport it to our office in Arequipa city.
Our guides will provide you this ecological Rubbish Bag.
Important: the rain season in Arequipa region is from November to March But during these months is possible to trek, the only month that sometimes we have many rain is on February .On the rain season except February in the morning is blue sky, please during the rain season we recommend carry your rain jacket.
Colca canyon trek difficulty / how difficult is the Colca canyon trek
How difficult is the Colca canyon trek,
If you compare the Colca canyon trekking Vs Inca trail trek
First, during the Colca canyon trek you cross maximum 3300mhsl and in the inca trail trek 4200mhsl.
We thought the Inca trail trek is harder than the Colca canyon trek
Colca canyon trek Vs Salkantay trek
We thought Salkantay trek is harder than the Colca canyon trekking, the Colca canyon trek cross an altitude of 3300 and salkantay trek 4650mhsl.
And remember the altitude of Cuzco city is 3300 mhsl Yessssss the same altitude of the maximum altitude of Colca canyon trekking.
Puno city and Titicaca Lake: 3800mhsl
And the maximum altitude for Colca canyon trekking is 3300mhsl and the bottom of the canyon is at 2100mhsl.
-The Colca canyon trekking is not technical is only very physical
-The temperatures on the canyon are from 12 to 30 grados centigrados
-Rain season is from December to April but most days in the morning are blue sky and from May to November every days is blue sky.
-If you are tired on the last day of the trek you can hire mules or horse to trek up hill to Cabanaconde
-Yes, some of our customers found the Colca canyon trek harder but other not
-Remember the start point trek for Colca canyon (inside the Canyon) is from Cabanaconde) and you need to travel by transport from Arequipa to Cabanaconde.
From Arequipa to Cabanaconde you need to travel 6 hours and you cross an altitude of 4850mhsl but is only by transport.
Example of difficulty for us:
From number 1 to 5
Difficulty 1.- When you are on the beach and you walk on the coast with ice cream on the hand.
Difficulty 2. - When you trek only 3 hours per day from 0 m. to 2500 m.
Difficulty 3.-When you trek till 3700mhsl and 4-6 hours per day ,
Not technical experience needed, very physical and at the end of the trek most of our customers are very tired.
Difficulty 4.-Technical experience is required, you will use rope and crampons, hiking over 5000mhsl, but sometimes at this altitude in the Andes you don`t need to use crampons or rope, just a really very good physical shape.
This trek is for people that like to improve every year the maximum altitudes in treks
Difficulty 5. - For crazy people and professional hikers
We thought the Colca canyon trek has a difficulty of 3
Please Check difficulty trek and altitude Colca Canyon