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Alternative Treks Arequipa

Climbing El Misti

If visiting the Arequipa area, one of our favorite hikes to incorporate into your stay is the climb of El Misti, the beautiful, snow-capped conical volcano that towers over the White City. Everybody looks at it and photographs it but not many realize that you can climb the mountain in just two days. As long as you’re acclimatized, the ascent to the summit, 5,822m above sea level is achievable even by those with little hiking experience and standing at the crater lip gives you one of the most spectacular 360-degree views that Peru has to offer! Even better, this hike is easily included in any program since your base the close by city of Arequipa.

Colca Canyon Trek 3 day / 2 nights

Day 1 Colca Canyon El Oasis (B,L,D) After an early breakfast, we will set off overland some 5 hours to reach Chivay, the capital of the province of Colca. During which we will climb through the National Reserve of Pampa de Cañahuas at approximately 3,800 mts. With some luck we’ll get glimpses of alpacas, llamas and vicuñas. The area is know as Ring of Fire due to the numerous volcanoes in the region, many of which can be appreciated form short distances. We’ll make out the Chilca Mountain Range while also seeing volcanoes Mismi (source of the Amazon River), Hualca Hualca, Sabancaya, Ampato, Chachani, Misti and Ubinas.

Our highest pass will be an astounding 4900 meters above sea level, but just for a quick panorama. Then we’ll continue down to Chivay, capital of the Colca Valley. After a break in Chivay to buy water and supplies we continue to the village of Cabanaconde where we commence our decent into the mighty canyon. Then, it’s 4 hours down to our basic accommodation with local family in the inviting oasis at the bottom of the canyon.

*Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
*Today’s walking distance approximately 8-10 km
Focus: Ancient indigenous agricultural techniques.

Day 2: Colca Canyon, Corporaque (B) After some time to enjoy the sub-tropical oasis we start our hike out of the gorge. Ascending approximately 1000mts( 3000 ft ) to the village of Cabanaconde will take close to 6 hours. We then visit Tapay look out point to appreciate our accomplishment. Next is a stop at Cruz del Condor. With some luck, here you will be able to appreciate the famous Andean Condors in magical flight as they soar well above the depths of the impressive canyon. Then an optional hike takes us along the rim of the canyon, in search of local wildlife including the Andean Cara-Cara or (a local Raptor), Viscachas (Andean rabbits) and much more.

Accommodation at the fabulous the Mamayachi near the village of Corporaque, set in the Colca Valley. We’ll have the opportunity to soak in the natural hot springs, hike to the surrounding villages or simply relax in the fabulous surroundings of the Canyon.

In many ways Colca Canyon was left untouched, even after the Spanish Conquest. Its isolation and distance from Arequipa allowed local indigenous customs and traditions in Colca Canyon to survive in peace more so than in other parts of Peru.

*Included: Breakfast
*Today’s walking distance approximately 8-10 km

Day 3 Maca / Yanque / Arequipa Explore the local communities of Maca and Yanque, two typical villages seemingly lost in time. We’ll have lunch in Chivay taking advantage of fresh produce, superb Llama and Alpaca meat and local spice. We return to Arequipa following lunch retracing our trail through the Valley of the Volcanoes. Arrival to Arequipa 4:00pm. Transfer to hotel

*Included: Breakfast
*Today walking distance 1 km

TOUR INCLUDES Private transport, sleeping bags, thermarest inflatable mattress, 5 meals during the tour, donkeys or porters, English speaking guide, cooks, all entrance fees.

Please contact Adventures to Peru for pricing information.

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