Activity type: Hiking
Activity level: Easy

1 May 2020 - 30 Jan 2021

Duration: 1 Day(s) / Tour with flexible start dates
Price: from $110 / Negotiable

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Trek to Hatun Paqcha Waterfall and the Rock Forest of Puruña is one of our top day trek inside the National Reserve of Aguada Blanca y Salinas in Arequipa – The trek on the Altiplano and through active volcanoes is available for hiker lovers looking for immersion into wild nature.

Enjoy hiking the best Arequipa’s Andean panorama located behind Chachani Mount (6070M) and volcan Misti (5825M) – This spectacular landscape lets you enjoy the wildlife as Vicuñas, Huanacos, Muntain CaraCara (Phalcoboenus megalopterus), Andean Eagles, Andean Condor’s, Andean foxes, La Taruca (Hippocamelus antisensis), Chinchilla, on the way to waterfall and rock formation.

This trek is suitable for everyone and can be combined with trout fishing on Rio Chili (upper zone) – The crystal-clear waters invite you to swim, cliff-jumping or relaxing fishing (river trout). The trek to rock forest and waterfall is available from April to December (dry season). Let’s us to show you the way to the secret corner of Misti volcano.

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Price includes

  • Private transport from Arequipa - National Reserve - Arequipa
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Picnic close of the waterfall of Hatun Paqcha
  • Walking stick under request only
  • All prices stated above are subject to change
  • Exchange rate $1 USD = S/. 3.02 (rate may vary daily)

Not included in price

  • Travel insurance
  • Soft or alcoholic drinks
  • Hotel in Arequipa
  • Flight or hotel confirmations
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Porter service
  • Fishing gear - This can be hired from our office for $20 USD each
  • Tipping for guide and camp staff




46 years, Peru



Mountaineering, Hiking, Rock Climbing, Ice Climbing, Backcountry Skiing
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More than 22 years of adventure experience in the tourism industry within Peru - Mountaneering, MT Biking, 4x4 Off-Roading, White Water River Tours, Trekking/Camping and Multi-Day Adventure Expeditions.

For more information about customized trip e-mail me at or WhatApp +51 973842688

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Peru, Arequipa, Arequipa



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Day 1

Day Trek To The Secret Corner Of Volcan Misti - Arequipa
At 7AM the trek begins with picking up from your hotel of Arequipa downtown – We drive for about 2 hours to the northeast of the city following the road to Colca canyon or Puno – The first stop will be in the National reserve of Aguada Blanca and Salinas (4050M) where we find a nice landscape of rock formation as known as Puruña – This is located over Rio Sumbay facing nice panorama around volcan Misti, short walk through the rock formation finding strange human and animals rock silhouettes.
Around 11AM we continue driving on the plateau of the national reserve in the area named Pampas Cañahuas – The road takes us to southwest of Chachani Mount where we can watch many Vicuñas grassing around – Some stops to take spectacular photos of this protected animal, which is represented in the Peruvian flag.
Finally we arrive to the high section of the waterfall where we get out and leave our transportation and begin nice downhill for about 1h30m to the deep of the canyon (300M down) – The downhill path is very sandy, steep and zigzag to the crystal waters of Chili River – To get to the waterfall is necessary to cross the river jumpy over huge rocks and finding the best and safety tricks to reach the base of the waterfall.
Enjoy the amazing view of this canyon, relaxing time to swim in small natural pools or trout fishing and picnic next of the river until 3PM – The waterfall is one of the most nicer in Arequipa and well hidden by Misti volcano with minimum presence of visitors. The way to leave from the canyon takes around 2 hours following the same way we did before – Aboard the private transport and 2 hours more driving to your hotel in Arequipa and end of the trip.

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Last update: 20 Aug 2018



1 May 2020 / 30 Jan 2021

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