4 days in Colca Canyon
Last stop in Peru, Arequipa, and the Colca Canyon. I won’t make a complete article on Arequipa, it is a very nice city, super clean with an amazing convent (head up to Instagram to see some pictures). Arequipa was just a stop before going to Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyon in the world. Most of the tourists stay 2 nights in the canyon, we added one more night to enjoy even more the beauty of the landscape
Day 1: we start from Cabanaconde by going in the canyon, we get escorted by a dog that we named “el corto” because he had short legs.Even if we start early, around 7 AM the sun is quite hard with no water, so you need to be careful.After a long way down (that is scary because you know that you need to get back up in a few days), we arrived near the Colca river and an amazing geyser. It reminds you that you are in a volcano area, the ground is hot we feel it even through the hiking shoes. You can feel up our water bottle and get back on the hike. We are now going up but just for a small hour. We arrived at 1 PM at Llahuar, where we booked the night at the Llahuar lodge. We chose this hostel because it has natural hot pools. That where the afternoon and even a part of the evening after dinner. You can look at the stars (and even shooting stars) from the hot pool, what else can you ask for?!
Day 2: we decided to start earlier to avoid the burning the sun. We are alone on the road to Fure. We follow a small river that makes the landscape change from green to completely dry on 1 meter. We arrived really early in Fure (9:30 AM), book a room in the hostel in the center of the village (that is way cheaper than the first one that we saw) and than we hike to the waterfall nearby. Arriving there, there are some construction going on so we can’t first go down to the waterfall. We understand why a few minutes later when a working man comes to us saying “could go up please we are going to trigger a dynamite explosion…” At the end, it wasn’t that scary and after that, we had the permission to go to the waterfall. I never saw a waterfall that big, but you can’t get in the water because it is really freezing.
After that the afternoon is a bit long, no wifi and nothing to do but wait for dinner. Still, we had an amazing view of the sunset in the Canyon.
Day 3: Direction the Oasis our last stop in the canyon. After being completely alone in Fure, we meet a lot of people on the road (most people do only Llahuar and the Oasis). The road is not really easy, after going up for some time, it then goes really down. My knew didn’t appreciate that at all! But once we arrive, it really looks like even. Beautiful pool and amazing vegetation! We enjoy the afternoon in the pool with a really nice sun. At night, we had a “nice” surprised in the room: a small scorpion was on our wall… The owner told us that it wasn’t dangerous but it is not really comfortable to go to sleep knowing that there could be a scorpion in your room.
Day 4: Wake up at 5 AM, we have 1000 m height difference to do before catching our bus at 9 AM. That wasn’t easy but we manage to do it in less than 2 hours and a half, that gives us the possibility to have a nice breakfast and a shower before getting on the bus.
As you can see in the pictures, the landscape is amazing. In my point of view, it is really nice to do when you like hiking but don’t want to carry a huge backpack with a tent and everything to survive alone. I really enjoy this trek that gives us a view completely different of Peru. See you next time, in Bolivia!
How to get there? the local bus leave from the Arequipa terminal for 17 soles. There are also tourist buses, they are more expensive but they stop to make photos at mirador and are faster.
Where to sleep? At Llahuar, Llahuar Lodge is good. You can book on booking and they serve dinner for 15 soles.
At Fure, the hostel in the center of the village is basic and cheap (10 soles the night, 8 soles breakfast and dinner)
In the Oasis, we stayed in the first one, you can negotiate the price (16 soles in dorms, 15 soles the dinner)
What do you need to pack? stay light the hostel is pretty good. We had food for 3 lunches, clothes to sleep, a swimsuit, a towel, a soap and a reusable bottle with something to purify the water.