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COLCA CANYON - VILLAGE OF CABANACONDE


Cabanaconde belongs to the Department of Arequipa, Caylloma province , located at an altitude of 3,278m , 5 1/2 hrs by bus from Arequipa. It is situated on the left bank of the Colca River. Cabanaconde is one of the last villages of the Colca Valley and one of the less visited places by tourists. The landscapes of Cabanaconde offer beautiful views of the Colca Canyon such as Cruz del Condor viewpoint, Tapay viewpoint, Achachiwa viewpoint, snow capped mountain of Sepregina (5432 msnm) and Bomboya(5,150 metres), beautiful ancient pre - Inca terraces, archaeological ruins as Kallimarka (3,700 metres), Hualca- Hualca volcano (6,025 metres) and the Lagoon of Mukurka (4,310 metres)


CANYON CANYON - VILLAGE OF CABANACONDE 3287 meters


cabanaconde local people

In the village of Cabanaconde live approx. 3000 inhabitants. Most of its people work in agriculture and cattle raising. Cabanaconde is so famous among the south part of Peru for it is unique type of maiz called Cabanita corn. The maiz can be seen on the pre-inca terraces from December till Mars, during the raining season. People from Cabanconde still speak Quechua language.


les habitants du canyon du colca

Women from this village wear proudly their traditional costumes and they are well known for their stunning embroidery colorful hats that are inspired by the flora and fauna that surrounndes Colca Valley. These hats were weared in the past just by the inhabitants of Cabanaconde in order to be distinguished from Collaguas. Nowadays you will find people from Colca wearing these beautiful hats.


We invite you to visit Cabanaconde if you love to do something different and love nature. This village is totally isolated and full of traditions. The main tourist activity is hiking because most of the trails start here. You can just visit the village and its surroundings without hiking or you can simply come to explore the viewpoints of Colca Canyon. Pachamama offers tour on mule and bicycle trips. More information Here.


Witite Dance


During the holidays of Cabanaconde, the village highlights a dance of a worrier origin which nowadays it is a dance of love where men dance dressed as a woman. The dress of the dancers is something you can not miss it. This dance is the most characteristic cultural expression of Colca Canyon.


DANCE OF WITITE - CABANACONDE

TRADITIONAL HAT OF CABANACONDE



HOW TO GET TO CABANACONDE? ?


There are many different ways to reach Colca Canyon from Arequipa. You can take a public bus, rent a car or take the Tourist bus service which can be booked via Pachamama.


Arequipa – Chivay - Cabanaconde is 224 kms distance (5hrs by bus)

Arequipa – Chivay is 163 km pavement road ( 3hrs by bus).

Arequipa - Cruz del Condor is 208km ( 5hrs by bus)

Cruz del Condor – Cabanaconde is 16 kms asphalted (20 minutes)


TOURIST BUS CABANACONDE - AREQUIPA ( PICK UP AT YOUR HOSTEL)


This minivan picks you up at your hotel in Arequipa. Only departure at 3:00am, this time is in order to be on time to see some condor flying at Mirador Cruz del Condor. It arrives to Cabanaconde at 10:00am. To purchase bus tickets here.


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RENT A CAR

It exists different car rental companies in Arequipa city. Prices can be from $90.00 to $120.00. We recommend you to rent a 4x4 if you come to Cabanaconde. Renting a car has good advantages specially if you like to stop in place where you want to make pictures or enjoy the view. But it can also be tyring to drive 5 to 6hrs, besides it is very expensive.


PUBLIC BUS FROM AREQUIPA TO CABANACONDE vice versa.

You can take buses from TERMINAL TERRESTRE (s/5.00 soles by taxy from Arequipa center). The company buses are Andalucia, Reyna and Milagros. These buses are all the same, not difference at all. The journey by public bus from Arequipa to Cabanaconde is about 5 1/2. Bus tickets should be booked in advance, you can not buy these tickets online, just go to the terminal. We recommend you to purchase tickets specially in high season ( May till September). Reserve your seats on the right so you can enjoy the view if you travel from Arequipa to Cabanaconde. Most of these buses will stop at Chivay for 10 minuts and it will keep on by stopping in different villages to gather passengers. Some people find this trip an experience.


▸ Warning!

When buses stop at Chivay and you want to go the toilet, do not neglect your belongings at your seat.

Backpacks are safe, but make sure you store them with the driver, it would normally go on the left side of the bus, say the Driver: "MOCHILAS PARA CABANACONDE".


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Copyright © 2015 Public Bus Andalucia

BUS SCHEDULE DEPARTING FROM AREQUIPA - CHIVAY - CABANACONDE

BUS DEPARTURE ARRIVAL TO CHIVAY ARRIVAL TO CABANACONDE BUS STATION PRICE
REYNA 8.00 am 11.30 am 13.00 pm TERMINAL TERRESTRE S/17.00 - $7.00aprox.
ANDALUCIA 11.30 am 15.00 pm 17.30 pm TERMINAL TERRESTRE S/17.00 - $7.00aprox.
MILAGROS 14.00 am 17.00 am 19.00 pm TERMINAL TERRESTRE S/17.00 - $7.00aprox.
REYNA 1.00 am 4.00 am 6.00 TERMINAL TERRESTRE S/17.00 - $7.00aprox.
MILAGROS 3.00 am 6.00 am 9.30 pm TERMINAL TERRESTRE S/17.00 - $7.00aprox.
*BOOK TOURIST BUS WITH PACHAMAMA 3.00 am 6.00 am 9.30 am PICK UP AT YOUR HOSTEL S/40.00 - $16.00 aprox.

SCHEDULE BUS DEPARTING FROM CABANACONDE - CHIVAY - AREQUIPA

BUS DEPARTURE ARRIVAL TO CHIVAY ARRIVAL TO CABANACONDE BUS STATION PRICE
REYNA 6.00 am 8.30 am 12.30 pm PLAZA DE ARMAS S/17.00 - $7.00aprox.
ANDALUCIA 9.00 am 11.00 am 15.30 pm PLAZA DE ARMAS S/17.00 - $7.00aprox.
MILAGROS 11.00 am 13.30 am 17.30 pm PLAZA DE ARMAS S/17.00 - $7.00aprox.
REYNA 14.00 pm 16.00 pm 18.00 pm PLAZA DE ARMAS S/17.00 - $7.00aprox.
MILAGROS 22.00 pm 24.00 pm 5.00 am PLAZA DE ARMAS S/17.00 - $7.00aprox.
*BOOK TOURIST BUS WITH PACHAMAMA 9.30 am 12.30 pm 17.30pm RECOJO DEL HOTEL PACHAMAMA S/40.00 - $16.00aprox.

HOW TO GET FROM CABANACONDE TO PUNO?


The best way and safe is by taking tourist bus 4M - Express. You save plenty of time by taking this service. For now There is not any public bus departing from Cabanaconde to puno.


Pachamama offers a transport service at 9:30 from Cabanaconde to Chivay and we help you to make the connection from Chivay to Puno where the bus departs at 13:00. The trip from Cabanaconde to Chivay is 2hrs and from Chivay to Puno is about 6hrs, this bus will stop in some beautiful lookouts. We definitely recommend this way so you can enjoy travelling the long trip. You can buy tickets with pachamama. More information and itinerary here.


Cabanaconde - Pampa Cañahuas - Puno. You can also take a public bus from Cabanaconde to Pampa Cañahuas (4hrs) and get off the intersection route from Chivay - Puno and wait for buses that goes to Puno, these buses come from Arequipa every 1 hour or so. This can be cheaper, but we can not reccomend you since we heard that sometimes you can wait hours and find available seats can be a problem. If you try to do this way you must depart early from Cabanaconde.

Bus Cabanaconde to Puno
Bus 4M - Express.

HOW TO GO FROM CABANACONDE TO CUSCO?


There is not a straight bus from Cabanaconde to Cusco, but you can take the bus of 4M-express from Chivay to Cusco at 7am. This service is the only way to get to cusco from Colca Canyon. You can also find other service more Information here.







TOURIST TICKET COLCA CANYON

To visit and enter in Colca Canyon you MUST purchased a tourist ticket of Autocolca. The ticket price is S/ 70.00 ($ 23.00). They can be purchased at the entrance of Chivay. If you come by public bus the guards will sell you these entrances fees inside the bus . You can also buy this ticket in Cabanaconde which i reccomend to do it. Without the entrance ticket you can not visit Colca Canyon, there is control everywhere and they will annoy you if you do not have it. The money raised goes to the maintenance and promotion of infrastructure of tourism in Colca Canyon. But something true is that Cabanaconde is not improving its infraestructure they must help to make better trekking trails and put up signs along the paths. It is just dissapoiting for hikers who hikes in Colca Canyon, but we hope that they will soon work in favor of local tourism.


WHY VISIT CABANACONDE - COLCA CANYON?

WHAT TO SEE IN CABANACONDE ?


Visiting the village of Cabanaconde is being involved with nature, peace, customs, traditions, etc. Cabanaconde offers a lot of trekking options to explore Colca Canyon. Most of the trekking trails starts here such as Sangalle, San Juan de Chuccho, Tapay, Coshñirwa, Malata, Llahuar (hot springs), Fure and Valley of Volcanoes to Andagua. If you do not want to do long hikes you can just explore by doing short hikes to the viewpoints, biking from Cruz del Condor to cabanaconde, riding a mule in the village or you can use as a place to get used to the altitude. By coming to this village you will help with the incomes of a responsible tourism.


We will mention down below some information about the Viewpoints of Cabanaconde and other activities. If you want more information for the trekking option, learn more here


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Great views of Colca Canyon from Cabanaconde

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Emoliente de Cabanaconde

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Explore Colca Canyon - Cabanaconde by bike

RECOMEDATIONS BEFORE VISITING CABANACONDE - COLCA CANYON

▸ Bring your necessary equipment. You can find a list here.


▸ Purchase your bus tickets and book a hostel in advance, specially if it is high season ( May till end of September)


▸ Make a plan of your trek, otherwise we can help you at Pachamama.


▸ To visit Colca Canyon, you must pay an entrance fee to Autocolca, The tourist ticket can be purchased in Chivay or in Cabanaconde. Price for the ticket is s/ 70.00 soles or $ 25.00.


▸ Bring your cell-phone, there is signal in Cabanaconde and in some place in Colca Canyon


▸ There is not Bank or ATM in Cabanaconde, so make sure you have cash. You pay with visa in Pachamama


▸ Do not come with your entire luggage, you can leave it in Arequipa. If you go from Cabanaconde to Puno you can bring your luggage. You can store it in Pachamama while you hike.


▸ Keep in mind that if you come to Pachamama alone you will find other travellers at our place and we always reccomend you to join.



VIEWPOINT OF CRUZ DEL CÓNDOR ( 3,650mts)


Cruz del Condor ( 3, 650 metres) is consider a unique place for watching condors, but it is also the most visited spot for tourists in Colca Canyon. These majestic scavenger birds start gliding in the morning from 7:00am to 10:00am. The view is also a breathtaking landscapes of Colca Canyon, you will appreciate a depth of 1,250 meters.


From Cabanaconde to Cruz del Condor, you can take a local bus at 6:30, it takes only 20 minutes by public bus. You can walk from Cruz del Condor back to cabanaconde (3hrs), but i do not recmomend you since you walk most of time on the pavement route. You can take the public bus to return at 9:20. You can also join to our biking tour from Cruz del Condor to Cabanaconde. Learn more here.


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Viewpoint of Cruz del Condor - Colca Canyon

Cruz del Cóndor is considered for local people as a sacred place to make ofrends to the Pachamama, so please we beg you to follow the recommendations down below.

Visit Cruz del Condor in the Afternoon

Pachamama offers a dayly visit of the viewpoint in the afternoon which is a greater experiencie compared to the morning. Condors returns to their caves before the sun sets. It is definitly a better way to see this Mirador comparing to the morning. More information here.


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Viewpoint of Cruz del Condor - Colca Canyon

RECOMMENDATIONS


  • ▸ Take with you the tourist ticket. Control is strict.
  • ▸ Respect nature, Cruz del Cóndor is an protected area.
  • ▸ Do not pollute, take with you to Chivay or Cabanaconde the plastic bottles.
  • ▸ No Camping at Cruz del Condor and its surrounds.
  • ▸ Do not feed Condors.
  • ▸ Do not shout!. This is irritating, most people will scream, please do not.
  • ▸ Do not pass over the protective walls.
  • ▸ Respect the signs that are found in the viewpoint.
  • ▸ Do not get close to the edge!. Dangerous!


VIEWPOINT OF TAPAY (3,600 metres)


This is a very alternative viewpoint and very tranquil, not much people as Cruz del Condor. The view is astonishing and it is a good spot to see Condors . You can get a great view of the villages that are found at the bottom of the Canyon as Tapay, San Juan de Chuccho, Malata, Coshñirwa and an amazing view of Sepregina mountain.


To go from Cabanaconde to the viewpoint of Tapay take at 06:30am the local bus it is only about 15 minutes. You can walk back to Cabanaconde 1 1/2hrs by taking a short-cut where the big reservoir is. This trail will take you to Mirador de San Miguel.

Warning!

There is a very dangerous trail from Tapay viewpoint, do not take it. If you hike to San juan de Chuccho you must start from San Miguel Viewpoint. You can have more trekking information at Pachamama.


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CONDOR AT THE VIEWPOINT OF TAPAY

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VIEWPOINT OF TAPAY

VIEWPOINTS CABANACONDE - TREKKING STARTING POINTS


Most of the trekking in Colca Canyon starts from Cabanaconde. Cejana viewpoint, San Miguel Viewpoint, and Achachiwa are the most important viewpoint to start your hike. It is very important to recognize them before you start your hike, you can ask to your hostel in Cabanaconde or to locals for these Viewpoints. At Pachamama you can get very good directions or you can buy an updated trekking map.

VIEWPOINT OF CEJANA ( 3,350mts)


START TREKKING POINT TO SANGALLE


This lookout is the starting point for Sangalle TREKKING(Oasis). It is only 20 minutes walk from Cabanaconde. Take Grau Street, this street faces the church San Pedro de Alcantara, ask locals, walk till the end of the street where there will be a wood sign, then turn right and continue the path, you will pass through terraces, keep going the clear path till you get to the lookout where there is a couple of big rocks laying there. There is a control for Tourist ticket so make sure you have with you. The trail to Sangalle is very OBVIOUS from the viewpoint.


RECOMMENDATIONS


  • ▸ If you plan to hike to Sangalle, do not depart after 14:00.
  • ▸ The trail is very clear, avoid taking shortcuts.
  • ▸ Never hike alone, you can meet other travellers at pachamama.
  • ▸ Get information at your hostel or at Pachamama.


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MIRADOR DE CEJANA - CABANACONDE

VIEWPOINT OF SAN MIGUEL (3400mts)

START TREKKING POINT TO SAN JUAN DE CHUCCHO


It is about 25 minutes away from the village of Cabanaconde. This is the start point for San Juan de Chuccho. Walk on the pavement route for 20 minutes, you will pass the Cemetery of Cabanaconde, after you will pass the new Museum of Juanita which is not open yet, keep going till you find the Football stadium. Stop following the pavement route and now follow the path that goes through to the stadium. About 5 minutes later you will reach the viewpoint of San Miguel which is a little hut with some seats of stones, there is some terrible information in the panel that is found in the Viewpoint, so do not follow those directions. The trail to hike San Juan de Chuccho is on the right hand of the Mirador, a very obvious trail. You will start seeing the village of San Juan de Chuccho after 20 minutes walk from the viewpoint.


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THIS IS THE VIEW FROM THE VIEWPOINT OF SAN MIGUEL

VIEWPOINT OF ACHACHIHUA (3,320mts)

START TREKKING POINT TO LLAHUAR - FURE


This lookout is one of my favorites because the view is just beautiful. You have a different view comparing to the others lookouts, if you are in Cabanaconde you must visit this outstanding lookout and it is special before sunset. I have been here many times and I saw condors flying back to their caves, but of course it is matter of luck.


Mirador Achachiwa offers a beautiful panoramic view of Colca Canyon, its villages, pre-inca terraces, the Colca River and the snowcapped mountain of Hualca-Hualca and Sepegrina. If you have a good eye you will see at distance the waterfall of Fure.


This Mirador is very important if you are planning to hike the trek to Llahuar or Fure so it is recommended to recognize it before the hike. It is only 25 minutes on foot from Cabanaconde. From Plaza de Armas of Cabanaconde you can ask to locals for some directions, ask where the bullring or Achachiwa is. Go west and find the bullring arena, this is just a small arena and its walls are painted in red. Surround the arena to the left, coming from Cabanaconde, and you will see a trail to the right that will take you to an abandoned football field, pass behind the football field and follow the path for 5 minutes. The viewpoint is a little hut with a straw roof.


There is 2 trails from the Arena when you come from Cabanaconde. The first trail is on the right and there is a panel if you follow that trail it will take as well to another Mirador. But you must find the trail where the abandoned footbal field is.


Do not explore down the Viewpoint, it can be very slippery and dangerous, just stay in the platform. So stay safe at the Mirador.


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MIRADOR DE ACHACHIWA - CABANACONDE

RUINS OF KALLIMARKA ( 3,700 metres)


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Kallimarka ruins is on the hill of the same name which it lies Sout-East of Cabanaconde. This abandonded ruins belonged the Cabanas culture. It was an important settlement for its strategic location. The ruins of Kallimarka are very abandoned, but it offers a great view of the pre-inca terraces and the snowcapped mountain of Hualca-Hualca volcano (6,025 meters). We definitely recommend you to hike this short walk if you are in Cabanaconde.


Pachamama offers a tour with a mule. You can visit the abandoned ruins of Kallimarka and explore cabanaconde in a different way. More information here.


Directions if you plan to walk


You can get more information at Pachamama. Go South-East of Cabanaconde and ask local people the route to HUAMBO. Follow the route till you find a placard that it says "Kallimarka". Take the trail to the left of the placard and hike till you get again to a route. You will find 2 other placards, find the old one made of wood and follow the path which is all the way up to the ruins. The walk takes about 4 hours round trip.


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KALLIMARKA OFFERS A GREAT VIEW OF THE VILLAGE OF CABANACONDE

MUCURCA LAGOON (4,350 meters)


Mucurca Lagoon (4,350 meters) is 1 1/2 hrs. from Cabanaconde. This spectacular lagoon offers stunning view of Volcanoes like Ampato and Hualca-Hualca and Sabankaya. Pachamama offers a very special tour, which used a 4x4 truck, which is necessary. A tour must organized in advance. Please contact pachamama for more information about this special tour.


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MUCURCA LAGOON 4,350 meters - CABANACONDE

TREKKING INFORMATION ABOUT COLCA CANYON - INDEPENDENTLY


I am , Ludwig Betalleluz, a profesional trekking guide in Arequipa region since 2002. I like to share my experiencie gained as a guide in order to encourage the development of a different sort of Tourism in Colca Canyon - Cabanaconde.

Nowadays i do not work as a guide, but i am the owner of a family hostel in Cabanaconde which it is called Pachamama and where my family works. I also do PHOTOGRAPHY as part of my favorite hobbies and you can appreciate my pictures in my hostel.

The only purpose of this article is just to give a complete information of Trekking in the Colca Canyon. After reading this article you will know the posibilities of trekking in Colca Canyon. This article will also promote local tourism in the villages of Cabanaconde, San Juan de Chuccho, Tapay, Llahuar ( not a village), Llatica, and Fure which they all can be visited by just doing trekking. I invite you to visit Cabanaconde and explore Colca Canyon in a different and responsible way.

Finally, i make clear that this article is only to give you comprehensive information and valuable recommendations about traditional and alternative trekking routes in Colca Canyon, so please read carefully the recomendations before hiking in Colca Canyon. You can visit Pachamama and get more tips.

You can also join some tours that are exclusivily organized by Pachamamahome. Please check for more information here.

If you have questions or you would like to cooporate with updating any information i will be gratefull.


COLCA CANYON

Colca Canyon is located in the department of Arequipa, this is the most important attraction of the province and considered one of the deepest canyons in the world (4,160 mts), twice as deep than the Grand Canyon (USA). Colca Canyon is amazingly appreciated from the villages of Pinchollo, Cabanaconde, Tapay and Huambo.

Flora and Fauna in Colca Canyon are rich and you can definitly appreaciate by visiting Colca Canyon. The Andean Cóndor es the main icon of the fauna, it can be seen at Cruz del Condor. The list of Flora and Fauna is big, we won't describe here since we are just focused in trekking information.

The cultural richness of Colca Canyon is enormous and is embedded in the 14 villages that are found throughout the Colca Valley. The Collaguas and Cabananas are cultures that lives in Colca Canyon, their most outstanding legacy is the construction of thousands of terraces.

Trekking is the best way to explore the depth of Colca Canyon. It is not for everyone, but for those who loves trekking it is a great experience.


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Trekking Views of Colca Canyon

CABANACONDE ( 3,300mts)

Most of the trekking in Colca Canyon starts in Cabanaconde village. 5 1/2 hrs. from Arequipa by bus and only 20 minutes to Mirador Cruz del Condor. Visiting Cabanaconde is being in one of the most traditional places in Colca Canyon. More information about Cabanaconde here.


INDEPENDENTLY TREKKING IN COLCA CANYON


Please don’t hike in the canyon without obtaining information beforehand!

Visiting Cabanaconde independently is a different way of travelling. It may not for everyone, but you can also buy a tour from Arequipa or hire our trekking services with local guide. Pachamama is not the only place to stay in Cabanaconde, you also find some hotels.



  • ▸You have more freddom in your itinerary.
  • ▸You are in contact with local people and nature.
  • ▸Local people benefit economically.
  • ▸You can decide what trek to do.
  • ▸The experiencie is different and personal.
  • ▸You can explore Miradores as long as you want.
  • ▸You have more chances to observe Condors. Etc...

TRAVEL AGENCIES AND INDEPENDENT HIKING

Travel agencies always try to misdirect tourist who wants to visit Cabanaconde - Colca Canyon. They say it is dangerous to hike without a guide, do not go on your own to Colca Canyon, etc. They sell tours and by buying their tours is fine, but saying that coming to Cabanaconde on your own is dangerous that is not quite honest. You can hire a tour for many reason and we are not against that, their services are very good and their guides are very nice people and profesional. You choose what it is better for you, by buying a tour for most people would be better and helpful in matters of organization and by coming on your own it is just visiting a different way.

There have been reports of accidents in Colca Canyon, like in most places in the world these cases are not the exceptions. An accident occurs randomly and it is most to people who does not take the necessary precautions and recommendations. Examples of reports are: someone drowned drunk in the pool, a spanish died because his bottle of water felt in a very dangerous cliff and he tried to reached it, some tourists got lost by walking at dark, a brazilian girl felt from a mule and that happen with a travel agency, etc. Accidents can happen any time you just need to be cautious and it is important to get all information possible.

We recommend you to make a plan of your trek beforehand and get all information you need. Do not hike alone, in Pachamama you can definitly join other travellers, paths are fine, not dangerous animals, not robery in the Canyon. We have very good information and we just want to focus by promoting local tourism even if people say that is not.

Worste-case you can also hire our tours services or hire a local guide from Cabanaconde. More information here.


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Trekking en el Cañón del Colca 2003

NEW TREKKING MAP OF COLCA CANYON 2015

NEW!

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You can buy our new trekking map at Pachamama hostel. This trekking map of Colca Canyon is the most updated that you can find in Arequipa. I made this Map in order to help other hikers to get oriented and get extra información and let them know the possibilities of trekking in the area. You can only buy this map at Pachamama.

Our new trekking map of Colca Canyon 2015 contents valuable information:


▸ A well done and update map and easy to understand it.


▸ Options and possibilities of trekking 1, 2, 3, 4 days inside Colca Canyon.


▸ Informations abput the starts for each trek.


▸ Altitudes of the villages.


▸ Level differences.


▸ Distances in kms and time from village to village, etc.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us to

Email Address: colca pachamama@gmail.com





TRAILS, WATER AND FOOD IN COLCA CANYON


THE TRAILS IN COLCA CANYON


There are certainly not any signaling systems for trails in Colca Canyon. The biggest reason is that Autocolca (Organization in charge of promoting tourism) does not so much for it. But that it does not mean trails are dangerous and not easy to find. Local people have been using them for hundreds of years and they are responsible of repairing them if something happens to their trails. These paths are quite notorious to recognize you can also have an idea that people walk with their mules, so we understand they are big enough. You will always find simple signs when you are close to family houses.

Our Recommendation is to follow always a good path and you must know the start for the trekking. More information Here.


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Trekking trail between Malata and Sangalle (Oasis).

FOOD IN COLCA CANYON


Food is very basic, but good. In most family houses and bungalows in Sangalle (Oasis) you will always find set menus; their prices vary between 10.00 to 15.00 soles. They will also offer you vegetarian food. Every family house or bungalow has their little shop where you can buy water, beer and snacks.

WATER SOURCES IN COLCA CANYON


You can easily find some good water resources in Colca Canyon, but we definitely recommend you to purify the water from any source, bring your own tablets from your country or buy it in Arequipa. Most of the family houses have good fresh water and you can fill your bottles there and use them after been purified. You can also buy in their little shops mineral water, price can be 3 times more expensive, but it is understandable the big effort they spend in bringing water from Cabanaconde. A very good advice is to refuel your water in little villages and not carry so much since you can find in every village a shop. We also recommend you to bring all your plastic bottles back to Cabanaconde, locals burns the plastic and it is not good for the enviroment. You can drop your plastic bottles at Pachamama.

HOSTEL, FAMILY HOMESTAY IN COLCA CANYON


It is easy to find a place to sleep during the trekking in Colca Canyon, but in high season (May- Sept) we recommend you to book in advance. It is not necesary to bring a tent, unless you love camping. The family homestays in Colca Canyon offers a basic accomodation, share toilets and showers for a cheap price. It is impossible that you will find a fancy place, which it is fine and it is part of experience when you trek. Modernizations is not found in Colca Canyon trek, so do not expect it. We can help you to book a family homestay in Colca Canyon, please contact us.





A LIST OF WHAT YOU NEED FOR THE HIKE IN COLCA CANYON



  • ▸ A good Trekking shoes.
  • ▸ Cellphone (You will find some signal in some villages).
  • ▸ Trekking Map (You can get one at Pachamama).
  • ▸ A day backpack.
  • ▸ A Cap.
  • ▸ Sun Block with an SPF of at least 50.
  • ▸ Sun Glasses.
  • ▸ At night gets a bit cold, so you need a jacket or a good fleece sweater.
  • ▸ Convertible Pant are ideal for the hike.
  • ▸ Bathing suit.
  • ▸ Flash-light and extra batteries
  • ▸ Watch
  • ▸ Bring cash, not bank or atm in the villages.
  • ▸ Purification Tablets (optional)
  • ▸ A ligther or matches..
  • ▸ whistle
  • ▸ Basic First aid-kit.
  • ▸ Snacks.



RECOMMENDATIONS DURING YOUR TREKKING INTO COLCA CANYON

Always take precautions to prevent misadeventures during your hike. It is true that there have been incidents in Colca Canyon, but it is due to the lack of information and recklessness of yourself. There are good resources for information and Pachamama We will inform you all about it. Some treks you need a guide, so we can help you to arrange this service. A local guide will guide you well. More information Here.


  • ▸ Depart early for your trek, let is say 7am it is a good time and do not hike after 2pm.
  • ▸ Get early to your destination or before dark. Do not expose yourself in danger by walking at dark or taking short-cuts.
  • ▸ Take with you your cell-phone, there is signal in most villages and some parts of the trek.
  • ▸ Walk through save paths, avoid short-cuts. Trails are very obvious.
  • ▸ Fill your water in every village.
  • ▸ Ask to locals if you are in the good trail, you can meet locals working in their farms.
  • ▸ Do not hike if you are sick or Vertigo.
  • ▸ Do not forget to take your cell-phone with you.
  • ▸ Carry enough things for your hike. A day bagpack is enough; keep in my mind that walking in Colca Canyon you can climb from 700mts to 1,200mts level difference. You do not need sleeping bag.
  • ▸ Let know your hostel what trek your departing for, how many days, when you come back, etc.
  • ▸ Carry your tourist ticket; there is control in viewpoint and bridges, so there is not way to avoid paying.
  • ▸ Do not hike alone, meet other travellers.
  • ▸ Get all the information for your planned hike.
  • ▸ When you hire a mule, make sure the horse tack are in good conditions.
  • ▸ Never get close to dangerous clifs.
  • ▸ Do not touch unknown plants such as qatupa.
  • ▸ Do not fire.

1 DAY

TREKKING CABANACONDE -SANGALLE (Oasis)


LEVEL: MEDIUM hard on the knees by descending.
DURATION: 1 Day (7km round trip).
START: Cabanaconde - Viewpoint of Ce Jana.
LEVEL DIFFERENCE: 1,300 Meters.

TREKKING CABANACONDE -SANGALLE (Oasis)


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Formerly Sangalle was a very important place for local people in Colca Canyon because of the existence of fruit trees, but suddenly there was a terrible plague that began turning bad all those fruits. Nowadays Sangalle is a charming tourist spot and a refreshing place to recover the energy spent during your trekking.

This magical and unique place is best known for local people as the “OASIS”, because of its wonderful location and its green vegetation that is surrounded by dry mountains. This Oasis is located at the bottom of the canyon next to the Colca River. It has beautiful gardens and natural pools that it helps against the burning sun. Without a doubt Sangalle is a place i definitely recommend it.

HOW TO GO TO SANGALLE FROM CABANACONDE?


This is the shortest and most direct way to get to the depth of the Colca Canyon from Cabanaconde. We recommend you to start early in order to return in broad daylight to Cabanaconde, unless you want to spend the night.

Start from Plaza de armas and take Grau street this is the street that faces the façade of San Pedro. Go straight to the end of the street, when you see a placard sangalle-Tapay turn to the right, this is a stony path at the beginning, continue along the trail till you reach Mirador de Cejana (see viewpoint). you can actually see the entire trail from this viewpoint.

Búngalows of Sangalle – Oasis

Most of all lodges that are found inside Colca Canyon are very basic and rustic, which it converts into an special experience. Modernization is very slow due to the accessibility and thereby, improving its structures is a matter of time and money. On the other hand Auto Colca does not supports its owners to improve themselves in their service quality. it remains for me only to say that having places like Sangalle or Llahuar in Colca Canyon it will make your visit something special and experience to be out of touch of the entire modernization.

The bungalows are very rustic in Sangalle and services are basic (most with shared bathrooms, no hot water, no electricity in the rooms), so do not expect much comfort in these places. The food is basic and not the Menu, they all have shops where you can buy water, beer, sodas and snacks. Every bungalow has natural pools, but they are not hot springs and water is tepid.

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Trekking Colca Canyon Sangalle (Oasis)

Recommendations:


  • ▸ The descent is steep so it is hard on the knees. Wear good shoes.
  • ▸ If you hike this trek in 1 day, you MUST begin early.
  • ▸ If you stay a night in Sangalle the maximum starting time to begin the hike is at 1:00 PM. It's not definitely safe to get to a destination in the dark.
  • ▸ In Sangalle you can hire mules to go back to Cabanaconde. The price of a mule is between $ 15 to $ 18. Make sure Mules are healthy and that they offer you good horse tack. Very important!
  • ▸ Bring snacks (chocolates, cookies).
  • ▸ Please return plastic bottles back to Cabanaconde, if not it is burned or they end up in the river. Take it back to Cabanaconde. PACHAMAMA recycles bottles.
  • ▸ Bring change.

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2D / 1N

TREKKING SAN JUAN DE CHUCCHO - SANGALLE (Oasis)



LEVEL: Medium. Hard on knees.
DURATION: 2 days/ 1 night (approx.16km).
START: Cabanaconde - Viewpoint of San Miguel.
LEVEL OF DIFFERENCE: 1,300 Metros / 700 meters / 1200meters

This classic trekking is the same that offers many tour agencies and it is the easiest and most travelled. You must start this trekking from Mirador de San Miguel, 25 minutes from Cabanaconde.

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1st Day

Head north-east to San Miguel viewpoint about 25 minuts on foot. When you are at Viewpoint you will clearly see a path to the right, follow that path and it will take you all the way down to the River about 3hrs. On the bootom you will meet local people who runs their family houses and will offer you their services. There will be also a control of Autocolca; so do not forget your tourist ticket if you do not have it you can buy from them. Cross the modern hanging bridge and go up to San Juan de Chuccho.

2nd Day


Start trekking early, after your breakfast. Ask your homestay the trail to Coshñirwa and Malata which it is above the Footbal field. Keep the trail and walk gradually up to the right, Do not take the trail to Tapay and do not as well go down after San Juan de Chuccho, keep in mind that you will climb to Coshñirwa( that is about 450 meters), . After 30 minutes walk; you will pass a freshwater concrete canal and you will see a small bridge. After the bridge you have s short steep path up tp Cohiñirwa, the trail from this village is easy to find. Pass Cohñirwa and Malata and after you go down to Sangalle.


OPTION B 2D / 1N


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Instead of staying in San Juan de Chuccho you continue the trek to Coshiñirwa and spend the night there. Next day you can hike early to Sangalle and enjoy from the pools. You can stay the 2nd night there or climb to Cabanaconde. If you climb to Cabanaconde make sure you depart maximun at 2:00pm.


OPTION C 2D / 1N


Another option is by starting this trek very early from Cabanacinde and do the whole loop by passing San Juan de Chuccho, Coshñirwa, Malata and stay the night at Sangalle, this trek will take you about 7 hours. It is very challenging and you must be well fit, but it is possible.


TREKKING TAPAY 2D/1N


1st DAY

Head north-east to San Miguel viewpoint about 25 minuts on foot. When you are at Viewpoint you will clearly see a path to the right, follow that path and it will take you all the way down to the River about 3hrs. On the bootom you will meet local people who runs their family houses and will offer you their services. There will be also a control of Autocolca; so do not forget your tourist ticket if you do not have it you can buy from them. Cross the modern hanging bridge and go up to San Juan de Chuccho.

2nd DAY

Start trekking early, after your breakfast. Ask your homestay the trail to Coshñirwa which is by the exit of the town to the right, this trail is not the same trail you came from San Juan. You will get after 1hr to a hanging bridge which once you crossed it will take to Coshñirwa and Malata. Pass Coshñirwa and Malata and after you go down to Sangalle.You can stay the night in Sangalle or climb to Cabanaconde; if you do so you must depart from Sangalle at maximum 2:00pm in order to avoid darkness

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3 J/2N

ALTERNATIVE TREKKING ROUTE IN COLCA CANYON 3D / 2N



LEVEL: MEDIUM.
DURATION: 3 OR 4 Days (approx.25km).
START: Cabanaconde - Mirador de Achachiwa.
LEVEL DIFFERENCE: 1st day: 1,100 mts down
2nd day: 650mts up and 500mts down
3rd day:1,200

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Llahuar is one of my favorites trekkings because it is a unique place, a few trekkers in the path, hot spring, a geyser in the river. This is definitely recommended if you look for something different and if you have time and some experience because it can be taugh for some people. We recommend you to take your own precautions or get full information at Pachamama, you can also hire a service of a local guide and you can make a group in Pachamama. This trekking comparing to others is a bit more time walking and hard on the knees, but it is worth doing it, you will enjoy from great views and the hot springs at llahuar lodge.


1st Day


Start from Mirador Achachiwa. Spend some time at Mirador to recognize the and trails, you can see to the left from distance the 2 bridges, trails and villages of the canyon, except Fure. There 2 path from the Viewpoint; one before and the other to the left of the Mirador. You can take the trail to the left of the Viewpoint of Achachiwa and walk on the edge of the mountain, this is a safe trail, you are not in danger here. Later on you will start going gradually down in zigzags, after 40 minuts or less you will get to a wood bridge, not water here only in raining season. When you cross the simple bridge it is only one way that will take down to the canyon, that is aprox. 4hrs walk from Cabanacone to the bottom of the Canyon. The path is very steep!.

At the bottom you will find 2 bridges, from the old bridge you can see the Geyser which you can visit it but becarefully the trail is narrow and slipery. To get to Llahuar you must Cross the new bridge and walk till the adobe house, that is about 1hr, From the adobe house you will find a trail going down, you can not miss the Huaruro river; it is bigger as Colca River, when you cross that bridge you are in Llahuar.


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Mirador Achachiwa - trekking to Llahuar

2nd Day

Llahuar – Mirador Apacheta – Sangalle

Go back to the adobe house, and keep going on the route. The safest way is to follow the route, we mean the route, because not long time ago they made a new route that conects Cabanaconde to Coshñirwa. We know that a route is not nice in a trekking path, but in this route you won´t find cars because it is so remote and believe me landscape is just for you. So Keep always on the route. After 3hrs walk you will get to Mirador Achachiwa, great view. You can see already Sangalle. Keep the route for about 1 hour till you are in Malata Village. Then take the trail to Sangalle which it is 1 hour more.


3er dia

Sangalle - Cabanaconde. This day you go back to Cabanaconde and keep your travel. You can arrange mules to go up. Walking it is about 3 hours and 30 minutes. Make sure you have enough water and we recommend you to climb very early in the morning or afternnon at 2pm.


trekking Llahuar colca
Colca River - Colca Canyon

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4D/3N

ALTERNATIVE TREKKING LLAHUAR -FURE- - SANGALLE



LEVEL: Difícil.
DURATION: 4 or 3 Días (32km).
START: Cabanaconde - Mirador de Achachiwa.
LEVEL DIFFERENCE: 1st day: 1,100 metres downhill
2nd day: 800 metres uphill
3erd day: 900metres gradually down and steep down, 3erd day:1,200 metres uphill

This trekking to Fure is more alternative, you need at least 3 days to explore it. This walk offers the best views and amazing scenery of nature of Colca Canyon. Fure Waterfall is an unknown attraction where the energy of nature is to your disposal. I would recommend this hike for those who like to be off the beaten track, but however you must be in good physical shape and i would recommend you to go woth a local guide.


1er dia

trekking-map-colca-canyon

Start from Mirador Achachiwa. Spend some time at Mirador to recognize the and trails, you can see to the left from distance the 2 bridges, trails and villages of the canyon, except Fure. There 2 path from the Viewpoint; one before and the other to the left of the Mirador. You can take the trail to the left of the Viewpoint of Achachiwa and walk on the edge of the mountain, this is a safe trail, you are not in danger here. Later on you will start going gradually down in zigzags, after 40 minuts or less you will get to a wood bridge, not water here only in raining season. When you cross the simple bridge it is only one way that will take down to the canyon, that is aprox. 4hrs walk from Cabanacone to the bottom of the Canyon. The path is very steep!.

At the bottom you will find 2 bridges, from the old bridge you can see the Geyser which you can visit it but becarefully the trail is narrow and slipery. To get to Llahuar you must Cross the new bridge and walk till the adobe house, that is about 1hr, From the adobe house you will find a trail going down, you can not miss the Huaruro river; it is bigger as Colca River, when you cross that bridge you are in Llahuar.


2nd Day

The trail that will take to Fure is just above Llahuar lodge. After 3hrs walk you will get to Llatica Village. You must cross the bridge and take a trail to the left in order to get to Fure. This trails goes gradually up. After 1 hour walk you will see the village of FURE. Local people will offer their homestay; they are all the same, very basic and i recommend you to bring your sleeping bag. They also have little shop.

Visit Huaruro waterfalls

Ask locals for the trail to the waterfall. which it is at the end of the village. It is only one trail. Calculate your time to avoid walking in dark. Do not get close to the waterfalls because rocks are very slippery.


3rd Day

Take a trail to Mirador Apacheta, this trail is not the same you came via llahuar. Ask locals, the trail is very wide and safe. The scenery is amazing from Fure to Sangalle, you will enjoy specially if you walk in the morning. It takes about 3hrs to get from Fure to the Viewpoint of Apacheta where later you will walk on the route. From the Viewpoint of Apacheta follow the route in direction to Malata which it is about 1 hour. From Malata ask locals for the trail to Sangalle.


4th Day

Sangalle - Cabanaconde. This day you go back to Cabanaconde and keep your travel. You can arrange mules to go up. Walking it is about 3 hours and 30 minutes. Make sure you have enough water and we recommend you to climb very early in the morning or afternnon at 2pm.


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Apacheta Viewpoint

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