Travel Peru – Colca Canyon Trek

Colca Canyon Sunrise
The Beautiful Morning Sunrise

Day 2

The second day we woke up at 5am to hike the last 5km of the trek. 5km sounds easy right? WRONG! We weren’t fed breakfast before starting the hike, so we didn’t have a whole lot of fuel to keep us going for the three hours up the mountain. Second of all, those 5km were entirely uphill. There were next to no breaks where the ground levelled off.

Because of the altitude a lot of our tour group got altitude sickness and had to take medication for dizziness and nausea. Luckily that wasn’t me, but Mike was feeling it. The trek was definitely not easy for people who weren’t physically fit. I struggled a bit, and I actively work out four to five days a week! On the bright side, because we started so early the hike was almost entirely in the shade.

I Came, I Saw, I Conquered
Veni Vidi Vici – I Came, I Saw, I Conquered

Regardless of the difficulty I felt like such a Champion when I reached the top, dusty and worn out.

*I also should let you know that there IS another option for day two. I didn’t take this option so I don’t have a lot to say about it, but you can pay for a mule to carry you up the mountain on day two. Lots of our tour group did this, but I wanted the satisfaction of hiking the Colca Canyon. 

Colca Hot Springs

Hot Springs!

After reaching the top of the canyon we were shepherded off towards breakfast in the town. It actually included eggs this time! After breakfast we went to a natural mineral hot spring. After a long and arduous two days the hot springs were absolutely necessary. There were several pools which progressed from lukewarm to scalding hot.

Words can’t even describe how rewarding the hot springs felt, my leg muscles were killing me on day two! All good things must come to an end though. After about two hours we headed back towards Arequipa.

Colca Valley

Was it Worth it? 

Although the “inclusions” of the tour could have been a lot better, I’m still incredibly proud of myself for completing the hike. It wasn’t easy at times but it was such a personal growth experience finally reaching the top! It was also a great team building experience and we felt a lot closer to our group and each other afterwards. The hot springs really added to the value of the tour as well. We had to pay an extra 15 sol, or $6CAD for the hot springs. 

Have you Hiked Colca Canyon?

Thanks for reading! Next week’s travel post will be our adventures in and around Arequipa! I have two or three posts left in my Peru series, I’m looking forward to sharing them with you

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12 thoughts on “Travel Peru – Colca Canyon Trek

  1. Haha, I do remember seeing dogs everywhere when we were in Peru. I opted for just going up to the lookout, as the Machu Picchu hike was more than enough for me. Food inclusion packages were always a bit sketchy when I was there too. Well done on completing the hike!! Definitely an incredible achievement 🙂

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    1. I wish we had been able to do the Machu Picchu hike! We’re hoping to return to Peru one day and do just Machu Picchu and the Amazon. I heard that the Machu hike was pretty tough from some travelers we ran into at Colca canyon!
      Moral of the story with food is: Bring your own food! xD
      Thanks for reading 🙂

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  2. I know what you mean about being Westernized – in Japan they offer fish for breakfast… what? 😮 This is why we always pack Clif bars whenever we travel – just to be safe.
    Condors and vultures in general freak me out!
    Oh ouch on the tripping – yes, there are times when it doesn’t pay to photograph. I’ve had to put my camera away whenever I’m at risk of hurting myself or losing my camera. 😛

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    1. Haha fish for breakfast? I can’t even imagine! 😄
      We had some granola bars with us luckily, we needed them!
      The condors were pretty far away, i think I would have been freaked out too if they were up close
      Exactly, it was one of those experiences you just have to experience through your own eyes instead of the camera lens. I didn’t want to fall off the cliff by accident 😂

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  3. Really enjoyed reading more about your trip! I can’t believe the hikes you did! You should definitely be proud. It probably would have killed me haha. The hot springs sound absolutely amazing. I’ve always wanted to go in a hot spring! The dogs everywhere definitely break my heart. I would have probably tripped trying to take a picture as well lol.

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    1. It was so challenging! I don’t know how people had the energy to go mountain biking the next day, I certainly didn’t 😂 The hot springs were so nice! I love going to the hot springs in Jasper & Banff when I get the chance, I haven’t been in years though.
      Poor dogs 😦

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      1. Jasper and Banff are on my list of places to visit! They look amazing in pictures! I’ve been to Alberta before but only drove through and stopped in Medicine Hat a long time ago to visit family.

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      2. You have to go one day! There’s so many great places to camp and visit. I also love camping at Redstreak campground in BC, it’s just outside of Radium hot springs. In Banff & Jasper we have the Miette and the Banff upper hot springs but they tend to be way too hot for me! Unfortunately going to the rockies has been a bit risky the last year or so because of all the forest fires 😦

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