Colca Inca Trail

Colca Inca Trail

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This is the ancient trail at the Colca valley, starts in Sibayo village and finishes in Chivay.

We explored this route almost 15 years ago and have not had the chance to go back again, but I´ve seen on Google some changes made by the local people, building some roads, maybe beside the former trail. Anyway, on that occasion, I went with César Ortega and Iñigo Maneiro, on those years Casa Andina Hotels wanted to develop adventure routes, so we were in charge to do the scouting, and we contact a local tour operator from Chivay named Pedro Samayani and a local rider, winner of local races, with them we went to explore.
We started from Sibayo village at 3800m. We crossed the bridge that goes to Espinar in Cusco and we turn right to follow then, the left side of the Colca River, at the beginning the trail is not clear but little by little it starts to show itself as a very regular path even with carved cliffs with stone stairs.
The track goes from 3800+ to 3500+ of altitude but is not a descend, on the way we found many points to climb, not a lot really, but at 3500m you can feel the lack of air in your head.
As ever, the advice is to bring all your mechanical and foodstuff, the trip takes some hours and there is no help to find.
The track ends very close to the Hot Springs of La Calera of Chivay, so it´s a great deal for an after-ride to enjoy a warm bath and some cold beers.

Patapampa riding down to Colca

Patapampa, Arequipa

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You can enjoy this ride on the way from Arequipa to Colca, or after you arrive in Chivay with some acclimatization for a ride above the 3500m.

The ride starts at 4900mt height. Nearly 15,000 ft. Once at the highest point: Patapampa, you may choose from the downhill trail by the singletracks or the road, both ways take you to Chivay.
The thing is that we prefer the tough way, so the road is not an option. The singletrack is quite an intermediate level, not too steep and is mostly fluid even with a hardtail.  The Patapampa trail to Chivay is like 1 to 2 hours depending on what trail you choose, so is always better to hire a local guide, we recommend finding Pedro Samayani and he will help you with all stuff you need.
Once at the valley, you may choose to continue by the main road to Yanque village or by the gravel road on the other side of the Colca River, crossing Chivay to add a loop if you will stay at Chivay or end in some of the points on the road if you will not going to stay at Chivay village.