For all of you nature lovers, traveling to Peru should be the trip of a lifetime. This beautiful country is filled with wonderful peaks on the amazing Andean Mountain range and beautiful and imposing animals. For these reasons Cusco Peru Travel considers that, as part of some adventures in Peru, you should visit the astonishing Colca Canyon, which is, without a doubt, the best place to see Condors in Peru.
Part of the Spectacular treasures of Peru, the Colca Canyon is a must see on your next vacation to Peru. The canyon is 13650 ft. deep and it is considered as the second deepest canyon in the world.
Arequipa, “The White City”
For many people, “The White City” is one of the nicest cities in Peru. The colonial city was built with white volcanic rock, giving the city the name of “The White City”. Three volcanoes surround Arequipa: Misti (still active), Chachani and Coropuna. In addition to it, most people who travel to the canyon leave from the Southern Peruvian city of Arequipa.
Travel out of Arequipa and pass the volcanos to the town of Chivay. The journey will take around six hours to complete passing some spectacular sceneries. Once you arrive into this quaint little town, you can enjoy the wonderful hot springs at La Calera to soak away your body pains. From the hot springs, there are amazing views of the Andean Mountains.
Traveling from Chivay to the Colca Canyon will take an hour. Many years ago, the canyon was inhabited with some pre Columbian cultures such as Cabanas, Kollawas and Ccaccatapay. These ancient people may have built the villages and an irrigation system that collects water from the snow above. At the canyon, you can see Sabancaya Volcano, that stands at 19600 feet above the canyon and is considered one of the most active volcanoes in all America.
There are many treks that go down deep into the Canyon, staying the night at the one of the many villages along the way. Walk down to the River Colca and see the village of Cabanaconde.
Cruz del Condor
The best place to view the Canyon is at the Cruz del Condor viewpoint. From there, you will get the best views and see the wonderful Andean Condor. The condor is a native bird of South America and makes its home in the canyon. When flying, the amazing bird has a wingspan of 10.5 ft. For a once in a lifetime experience, meet the flight of the condor.
For having more opportunities to see this spectacular bird, you should go to the canyon in the dry season which is from May to December. Make sure you take your camera, as the birds are not camera shy and do come very close. It is also worth visiting the Canyon in the rainy season as it is very lush and green and features many flowers.
What is the best time to travel to Peru month to month? Whatever time you choose to visit Arequipa and the Colca Canyon, you will see some of the most beautiful sceneries in the world, sheer cliffs that rise into the sky, something that you will never forget. So, do not miss out on the Colca Canyon as part of your Peru adventure.
Main items that you should carry on during your visit to the Colca Canyon
- Warm Jacket
- Trek shoes
- Sun Block
- Extra cash
While you are in Peru, there are many other interesting areas that we must mention. Lima, the Peruvian capital, has undergone a change of reputation. Now, it is a great place to spend a few days. In recent years, the city has undergone a food revolution, and now is considered one of the great food destinations in the world.
Another place worth a visit is the Peru Ballestas Islands and the Nazca Lines. Then, to discover the mysteries of the Nazca Lines, take a flight over the lines to see the different drawing and etchings.
Of course, you cannot visit Peru and not see the city of Cusco and all the Inca history on offer. Travel out of Cusco and visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas to see some of the best natural sceneries in South America. Not far from the Sacred Valley, the world-famous Machu Picchu takes its place. A visit to the Inca Citadel will live in your memory forever.
The jungle of Peru is also not to be missed and there are many luxury lodges to pass a few days. There are two jungle regions to visit in Peru, both featuring different attractions to pass the time. In the north of Peru, you will find Iquitos where you can take a luxury river cruise. Not far from Cusco is the city of Puerto Maldonado. The starting point for your jungle adventure.
Now that you know the main vacation spots in Peru, what are you waiting to enjoy and learn more about our history? Visit the different tourist attractions that our country has to offer. And finally, for all nature lovers and birdwatchers, the Colca Valley is the best option to see the majesty of the Andean condor, which should be on your must-see list on your next visit to this astonishing Andean country.
Peru has many wonders waiting for you to be discovered. Here in Cusco Peru Travel, our speciality is to make your trip an outstanding experience, fill-in this form and let your tailor-made luxury Peru vacation begin.