Ananiso Canyon Trek: 1-Day Andean Wilderness Exploration

Delve into the Ananiso Canyon's natural wonders on this one-day trek, uncovering the beauty of the Andean wilderness.

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Cusco, Peru


1 Day




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Set out on a one-of-a-kind journey through the awe-inspiring Ananiso Canyon, nestled in the heart of the Peruvian Andes. This full-day trek is designed for adventurers who seek to experience the raw beauty and cultural richness of the Andes in a short, yet fulfilling excursion. From the bustling city of Cusco, you’ll travel through a picturesque landscape, where heritage towns and dramatic natural vistas unfold before you, setting the stage for an unforgettable exploration.

The Ananiso Canyon trek is more than just a walk through stunning landscapes; it’s a journey into the heart of Andean culture and history. Traverse paths that reveal the ancient stories of the land, from indigenous cave paintings that speak of millennia past to encounters with the diverse wildlife that call these mountains home. As you hike towards the canyon’s hidden waterfall and absorb the tranquil beauty of your surroundings, you’ll be reminded of nature’s extraordinary power and grace. This trek offers an unparalleled opportunity to connect with the wilderness and witness the enduring legacy of the Andes.

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.

Your adventure into the Andean wilderness begins before dawn, with an early pickup from your hotel in Cusco. As the city sleeps, you'll embark southbound towards the captivating scenery of the Andes. The three-hour drive towards Pitumarca is an experience in itself, unveiling the dramatic and colorful landscapes of the region. Passing through heritage-rich towns like Urcus, Quiquijana, and Cusipata, you'll get a glimpse into the vibrant local culture, witnessing valleys plunging, rivers cutting through rocky terrains, and vast lakes stretching into the horizon.

Upon reaching the town of Pitumarca, you'll have a moment to acclimate to the elevation. Then, the journey continues, following the path of the Ausangate valley. This route is your gateway to exploring quaint rural villages, living cultures, impressive Inca sites, and the towering majesty of the snow-capped Ausangate peak.

The heart of your adventure lies in the Ananiso Canyon. Here, deep and elongated cracks in the earth form a beautiful yet vulnerable terrain. The trek through the community of Ananiso leads to a hidden waterfall, a serene spot that's a feast for the senses. As you venture along the narrow path, you'll be immersed in the impressive landscapes of the canyon.

Your journey is also a passage through time, as you'll encounter ancient indigenous cave paintings, dating back thousands of years. The trek offers chances to spot local wildlife such as llamas, alpacas, vizcachas, and eagles, adding to the richness of your experience.

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

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Tour Highlights

  • Early Morning Departure from Cusco: Begin your adventure with a scenic drive from Cusco, experiencing the changing landscapes as you pass through colorful heritage towns and witness the breathtaking scenery of the Andes.
  • Journey Through the Ausangate Valley: Traverse the path leading to the Ausangate valley, where you’ll be greeted by the sight of rural villages, living cultures, Inca sites, and the magnificent Ausangate peak.
  • Exploration of Ananiso Canyon: Immerse yourself in the natural wonders of the Ananiso Canyon, where deep, elongated cracks in the earth create a landscape of rugged beauty.
  • Discovery of a Hidden Waterfall: Follow a serene trail to a secluded waterfall, offering a peaceful retreat and a chance to connect with the tranquility of nature.
  • Ancient Indigenous Cave Paintings: Uncover the rich history of the region through ancient cave paintings, providing a glimpse into the lives of the Andean ancestors.
  • Wildlife Encounters: Keep an eye out for local wildlife such as llamas, alpacas, vizcachas, and eagles, enhancing your connection with the natural world of the Andes.
  • Culinary Experience in Ananiso: Enjoy a traditional lunch in the community of Ananiso, a perfect opportunity to reflect on your journey and savor local flavors.
  • Return to Cusco with Lasting Memories: Conclude your day with a relaxing drive back to Cusco, carrying with you the unforgettable memories and experiences of the Andean wilderness.


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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.

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In line with our commitment to your convenience, Peru Tripper 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, Peru Tripper 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. Peru Tripper 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.

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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 Peru Tripper office while I’m on the trek?

Yes, Peru Tripper 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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