Sibayo Pre Inca Trail

This is the ancient trail at the Colca valley, starts in Sibayo village and connected Cabana and Collaguas people.

This route we explored almost 15 yers ago and have not the chance to go back again, but I´ve seen at google some changes made by local economy, open some roads, but maybe beside the former trail. Anyway, on that ocassion I went with César Ortega and Iñigo Maneiro, in 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 he hired a local rider, winner of local races, with them we went to explore.
We started from Sibayo village at 3800m. we crossed the bridge to Espinar and we turn right to follow the left side of the Colca river, little define at the begining little by little it starts to show itself as a very regular path even with a carved cliff with stone stairs.
The track goes from 3800+ to 3500+ de altitud but is not exactly a descend, on the way we found many point to climb, not a lot by the way but ar 3500m you can feel the lack of air. As ever the advise is to bring all your mechanical and foo stuff, the trip takes some hours and there is no help to find.
Once the track ends, we continued for a couple of minutes to reach the Hot Springs of La Calera of Chivay ending the day enjoying a warm bath and some cold beers.

Patapampa riding down to Colca

You can enjoy it on the way from Arequipa to Colca, or once arrived to Chivay and better acclimatized at 3500m.

Ride starts at 4900mt height. Nearly 15,000 ft. Once at the highest point: Patapampa the downhill trail by the singletracks or down by the road begins, both ways takes you to Chivay.
The thing is that we prefer the tough way, so the road is not an option. The singletrack is quite easy, not too angled and is mostly fluid even with a hardtail.  The Patapampa trail to Chivay is like 1 to 2 hours depending what trail you choose, so is always better to hire a local guide, find Pedro Samayani and he will help you with all stuff you need.
Once at the valley you may choose to continue or by the main road to Yanque village or by the gravel road by 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 stay at Chivay village.