Colca Canyon Trek 4D

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Duration: 4 Days
Availability : Every Day.
Max People : 12

About the Colca Canyon Trek 4D

Have you ever wanted to go trekking in the Colca Canyon? The famous Colca Canyon, located about 4 hours from the city of Arequipa in Southern Peru, is one of the deepest canyons in the world. On this full-service Colca Canyon Trek, you’ll get to experience the best of this incredible natural site.


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This four-day Colca Canyon trek begins with a pick-up and transfer from the airport to your hotel, followed by a city tour of Arequipa. Day 2 is a long, challenging day of trekking in the Colca Canyon, but the spectacular views on Days 3 and 4 make it all worth it! You’ll also have the opportunity to visit some natural hot springs on this Colca Canyon trek.

This 4-day Colca Canyon Trek includes a Standard style of accommodation. For examples, please see the hotels in our Standard category of hotel


Prices are per person in USD, based on group size. We do not have fixed-date group departures. If you do not want to book a private trek, please see our Trekkers Wanted page for a list of open departures within your dates.


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High quality personalized experience

Unique, off-the-beaten track routes

Experienced staff

Verified sustainability practices

$20 of every trek donated to Threads of Peru

Important Details About the Colca Canyon Trek 4D

What is Included?

Trekking Team

  • Guide


  • Private transport


  • All accommodations

Additional inclusions

  • All entry tickets to Colca Canyon and the Monastery of St. Catherine’s guided tour
  • Optional stop at the hot springs
  • Emergency first aid kit and safety equipment


  • Meals (2 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 cold dinners)

What is Not Included?

  • Tips
  • Personal hiking equipment

Optional Extras & Upgrades

We offer you the opportunity to personalize your trip and make your experience more comfortable through our Optional Extras and Upgrades.

All options are available during the reservation process; please ask your sales consultant for more information.


  • Any upgrades or trip extensions must be requested at time of booking.

What to Pack

  • Sleeping bag
  • Light and warm clothes
  • Sunscreen
  • Small flashlight
  • Backpack
  • Walking shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Walking sticks

Available Discounts

  • No discounts available for this tour

Trekkers Wanted

Want to join a trek? Ready to confirm a departure date of your own, but interested in having others join you? Then Trekkers Wanted is for you! Our innovative Trekkers Wanted system matches people up who are interested in hiking the same trek, bringing costs down and multiplying the fun for everyone!

Read More about Trekkers Wanted, post your trek or search for confirmed departures!

Important Info

  • This excursion is operated by independent providers and not by Apus Peru. The exact route, itinerary and inclusions are at each independent provider’s discretion and Apus Peru is not responsible for deviations from the information presented here, or for the quality of the services provided.
  • Want to continue your adventure? We can arrange overland transport from Chivay to Puno for a visit of Lake Titicaca and its famous islands. Contact Us for prices and more information.
  • Flights from Arequipa to Cusco take about 1h.

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  • Does this trek sound like just what you were looking for? If you’re ready to book or just want to find out a bit more information, fill out the Inquiry Form in the top right-hand corner of this page to get the ball rolling. You’ll be connected with one of our amazing sales people who will be able to turn your dream of hiking in the Andes into a reality. For more information on the entire booking process, please see our How To Book page.
  • Travel insurance is a must! World Nomads offers travel insurance for adventure activities.

Colca Canyon Trek 4D Itinerary

Day 1Arrival and hotel transfer – Afternoon City & Santa Catalina Tour

Your Colca Canyon Trek begins with a day in Arequipa. We pick you up at the airport and then transfer you the 20-25 min to your hotel in Central Arequipa.

At 2 pm we will pick you up from your hotel to begin our afternoon Arequipa tour. First stop on our Arequipa tour is El Mirador de Carmen Alto, where you can appreciate a view of the lush Chilina Valley, followed by Yanahuara, an Arequipa suburb where you’ll see many structures of pearly white sillar volcanic rock. After this, we will head to the Monastery of Santa Catalina which dates from the 16th century and the Plaza de Armas, with its historic buildings and tree-lined central promenade. Lastly, we will visit the front of the massive Basilica Cathedral and the Church and cloisters of the Society of Jesus (Dome of San Ignacio).

Day 2Arequipa – Chivay – Trailhead

  • Total Walking Distance – 20km
  • Total Walking Time – 10h
  • Minimum Altitude – 2100m (6,890 ft) / Maximum Altitude – 3630m (11,909 ft
  • Overnight altitude – 2300m (7,546 ft)

Our Colca Canyon trek begins with a pick-up at your Arequipa hotel at 3am, driving approximately 4 hours via the town of Chivay (3633m / 11,919 ft) to our starting point in the Colca Valley, the Cruz Del Condor, where we will have the opportunity to see Andean condors in flight. We will then walk along the canyon edge for approximately 10 hours and a distance of 20km, enjoying the majestic sweeping landscapes of the canyon. We will finish our Colca Canyon trek arriving at the village of San Juan De Chucho where we’ll enjoy dinner before turning in at our hotel. This is a long, arduous day and should only be attempted by people who are short of time, and who are fit and healthy.

Day 3Colca Canyon

  • Total Walking Distance – 10km
  • Total Walking Time – 4h
  • Minimum Altitude – 2230m (7,316 ft) / Maximum Altitude – 3000m (9,843 ft)
  • Overnight altitude – 2230m (7,316 ft)

We will depart at around 7am, starting out walk through the old village of San Juan De Chucho and a number of small towns such as Coshñiua and Malata, dedicated to growing fruit and harvesting the cochineal insect for red dye. At the end of the afternoon we will arrive at Sangalle Oasis, where our camp on this Colca Canyon Trek will be based. You can have a relaxing soak at the natural hot springs pool located here.

Day 4Colca Canyon - Arequipa

  • Total Walking Distance – 12km
  • Total Walking Time – 3.5h
  • Minimum Altitude – 2230m (7,316 ft) / Maximum Altitude – 3300m (10,827 ft)

We start out early at 4:30am and climb 3h to the village of Cabanaconde at the top of the Canyon ridge where we’ll have amazing views down into the Canyon itself. Afterwards, we will meet our transport and return to the village of Chivay, stopping at several panoramic viewpoints en route. If time allows, we can take the opportunity to visit the hot springs of La Calera and have a soak before lunch at Yanque.
After lunch, we will head back to Arequipa, departing Chivay at around 2pm and arriving around 6pm.


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