1-Day Ananiso Canyon Trek: Cultural Wonders and Natural Beauty

Immerse Yourself in the Majestic Ananiso Canyon: A Day of Exploration and Discovery

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Cusco, Peru


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Embark on a captivating day-long adventure to the Ananiso Canyon, a hidden gem nestled in the heart of the Peruvian Andes. This trek is an exquisite blend of natural wonders and cultural insights, designed for those who yearn to touch the soul of the Andes in a single day. From the vibrant streets of Cusco, journey through a landscape that unfolds like a tapestry of history and nature, taking you through traditional villages and past majestic snow-capped peaks.

The trek to Ananiso Canyon is more than just a walk; it’s an immersion into the ancient world. As you traverse this rugged and beautiful terrain, you’ll encounter awe-inspiring natural formations and timeless indigenous art, etched into the very cliffs of the canyon. This journey is an invitation to witness the unparalleled beauty of the Andes, to engage with its living culture, and to walk paths woven with centuries of history. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a culture buff, or simply seeking a unique day out, the Ananiso Canyon Trek offers an unforgettable experience.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 4:00 AM - 04:30 AM
Estimated Return Time 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Ananiso Canyon, Ausangate snowcapped peak, Pitumarca town, indigenous cave paintings, Andean wildlife sightings
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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 04:00
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 04:00
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 04:00
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 04:00
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 04:00
  • Deluxe Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 07:00

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Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Early Departure from Cusco
Your journey begins before dawn, with an early pickup from your hotel in Cusco around 4:00 am. As you leave the city, heading southbound, you're soon enveloped in the breathtaking scenery of the Andes. The three-hour drive towards Pitumarca is an experience in itself, taking you through colorful heritage towns such as Urcus, Quiquijana, and Cusipata. Witness the dramatic landscapes unfold – valleys plunging, rivers cutting through rocky terrains, and vast lakes stretching into the horizon.

Arrival at Pitumarca and Drive to Ausangate Valley
Upon reaching the town of Pitumarca (3600m), take some time to stretch your legs and acclimate to the elevation. The journey then continues for another one and a half hours, following the footsteps of the Ausangate valley. This route is a gateway to exploring rural villages, witnessing living, breathing cultures, impressive Inca sites, and the towering majesty of the snow-capped Ausangate peak, standing proudly at 6375 meters.

Exploring the Ananiso Canyon
The first canyon viewpoint is a testament to the earth's raw power. Here, deep and elongated cracks in the earth form a beautiful yet vulnerable terrain. As you venture into the community of Ananiso (4400m), the trek becomes an intimate encounter with the impressive Ananiso Canyon. Follow a narrow path for about one and a half hours to a hidden waterfall, a serene spot that's a feast for the senses.

Ancient Indigenous Cave Paintings and Wildlife
On the return journey, delve into the region's ancient past with a visit to indigenous cave paintings, dating back thousands of years. The trek also offers chances to spot local wildlife such as llamas, alpacas, vizcachas, and eagles, guardians of these sacred lands.

Lunch and Return to Cusco
After the trek, enjoy a well-deserved lunch in the community of Ananiso, reflecting on the day's experiences. The journey back to Cusco is a time to relax and soak in the memories of this extraordinary day. You'll arrive back in the city around 6:30 pm, enriched by the beauty and culture of the Andes.

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Tour Highlights

  • Scenic Drive through Heritage Towns: Journey through the colorful towns of Urcus, Quiquijana, and Cusipata, each offering a glimpse into the region’s rich cultural tapestry.

  • Stunning Views of Ausangate Peak: Witness the awe-inspiring Ausangate peak, one of the most magnificent snow-capped mountains in the Andes, standing at 6375 meters.

  • First Glimpse of Ananiso Canyon: Arrive at the first canyon viewpoint to witness the breathtaking geological formations, showcasing the raw beauty and power of nature.

  • Trek to the Waterfall: Embark on a trek along a narrow path leading to a secluded waterfall, a serene and picturesque spot perfect for reflection and nature appreciation.

  • Discovery of Ancient Cave Paintings: Explore the ancient indigenous cave paintings, offering a unique window into the region’s historical and cultural past.

  • Wildlife Sightings: Keep an eye out for local wildlife such as llamas, alpacas, vizcachas, and eagles, adding an element of natural wonder to your trek.

  • Authentic Lunch in Ananiso Community: Enjoy a traditional lunch in the community of Ananiso, a chance to savor local cuisine and engage with the community.


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Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

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Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure - Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

Expansive Payment Options for Ease and Flexibility

In line with our commitment to your convenience, Huaynas Expeditions accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments - Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Flexible Cancellation Options for Clients

We understand that circumstances can change, sometimes unexpectedly. If you find the need to cancel your booking, you have the flexibility to do so up to 30 days before the tour start date. In this case, you will receive a full refund minus a 10% administration fee, acknowledging the efforts and resources already invested in planning your tour. Any additional balance paid will also be refunded, ensuring a fair and transparent process.

Understanding Cancellations Within 30 Days

We wish to draw your attention to our policy for cancellations made within 30 days of the tour departure. Given the advanced stage of preparations and commitments made at this juncture, we are unable to offer refunds. This policy is in place to balance the significant logistical arrangements and reservations made on your behalf.

Navigating Through Force Majeure

In the event of extraordinary and uncontrollable circumstances, such as natural disasters or significant political unrest, Huaynas Expeditions adopts a flexible approach. We prioritize your safety and satisfaction, offering to reschedule your trip or provide a credit for future travel, subject to availability.

Strong Advocacy for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

We cannot overstate the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. Such insurance plays a critical role in safeguarding your investment against unforeseen cancellations, emergencies, and other unexpected scenarios. It is a proactive measure to ensure peace of mind throughout your journey. Huaynas Expeditions is not responsible for any expenses arising from incidents not covered by your insurance policy.

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Special Discounts


  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 20 for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Infants younger than 2 years old are free (must ride on the adult’s lap; for a separate seat, add them as a child).
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Dive into our in-depth guide on what’s included and not included for all package options on the 1-Day Ananiso Canyon Trek. With these carefully put-together lists, you’ll know exactly what to anticipate when booking the journey of a lifetime.

Standard Inclusions

Our Standard package offers a range of amenities and services for a comfortable and enjoyable trip experience. All package options include the following:

Not Included

The following items are not included in our trek packages. Please consider these additional costs when preparing for your trek. Note that some exclusions may be included in the Deluxe package, as mentioned in the Additional Inclusions section:

Additional Inclusions (Deluxe Package)

Upgrade to our Deluxe package for an enhanced and luxurious trekking experience. The Deluxe package includes these premium amenities and services, which can also be added individually to the Standard package:

What to Pack

When embarking on the 1-Day Ananiso Canyon Trek, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

Packing List

Packing Tips

  • Pack Light: Remember that you’ll need to carry everything you bring.
  • Organize Your Pack: Use packing cubes or ziplock bags to keep your gear organized and easy to find.
  • Prepare for the Weather: The weather can change quickly, so pack for all conditions. Always have a rain jacket or poncho handy.
  • Secure Your Valuables: Keep your passport, money, and other valuables secure and on you at all times.
  • Layer Up: Dressing in layers is key. It allows you to quickly adapt to changing temperatures.
  • Waterproof Everything: Ensure that your pack is waterproof or that you have a rain cover. Keep all electronics and important documents in waterproof bags.
  • Respect the Environment: Consider using eco-friendly products and always take your trash with you.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I store my luggage at the Huaynas Expeditions office while I’m on the trek?

Yes, Huaynas Expeditions offers a secure luggage storage service at our office in Cusco. You can leave any belongings you don’t need during the trek, such as suitcases or extra clothing, with us.

What fitness level is required for the 1-Day Ananiso Canyon Trek?

This trek is considered moderate in difficulty. Participants should be in good physical health and comfortable walking for several hours over uneven terrain. Prior hiking experience is beneficial but not essential.

Is the trek suitable for children?

Yes, the trek is family-friendly and suitable for children who are accustomed to walking and have a sense of adventure. We recommend this trek for children aged 8 and above.

Do I need to carry a first aid kit?

While it’s always a good idea to carry basic first aid supplies, our guides will have a comprehensive first aid kit for emergencies.

Are vegetarian or vegan meals available?

Absolutely! We offer vegetarian and vegan meal options at no extra cost. Please inform us in advance about any dietary requirements.

What happens in case of emergencies?

Your safety is our top priority. We always carry an emergency oxygen bottle and a first-aid kit. Our guides are trained in first aid and emergency response.

What type of guide will be leading the trek?

Our treks are led by experienced, English-speaking guides who are knowledgeable about the region’s history, culture, and flora/fauna. Our guides are certified and trained in wilderness first aid and altitude-related health issues to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants.

What's the policy on cancellations or changes?

Our cancellation and change policies vary depending on the notice period. We advise checking our terms and conditions or contacting our team for detailed information.

Where does the tour start and end?

The tour starts and ends in Cusco. We provide pickups and drop-offs at your hotel in Cusco.

Is it customary to tip guides and staff?

While tipping is not mandatory, it’s a kind gesture to show appreciation for the services provided. The amount is at your discretion.

Is travel insurance mandatory for the treks?

While it isn’t mandatory, we strongly recommend having comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking and potential medical emergencies.

Are trekking poles necessary?

Trekking poles are not mandatory but can be helpful, especially during descents. They are available for rent if you choose not to bring your own.

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