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Destination Colca Canyon

Northeast of the city of Arequipa, between the mountains of the Andes, you will find Colca Canyon. You can reach the Colca Canyon by bus or private transportation, a three hour trip from the lovely "White City". This beautiful Valley will make you feel as if you were walking among the clouds, especially after reaching its stunning viewpoints. A great example of Peru travel in all its charm.
This canyon is known worldwide as one of the deepest in the world, being 4,300 meters deep at its lowest point, which is 670 deeper than the next deepest canyon in the world found in Tibet. This place not only has natural beauty but also has a cultural history as well. Visitors can see fully what this canyon has to offer in a fully private tour.

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  • Cities Visited : Lima City, Arequipa City, Colca Canyon, Puno City, Puno & Lake Titicaca, Cusco City, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
  • Style : Religious, Cultural and Archaeological.
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Attractions

Colcas and terraces

The Colca Canyon and surrounding region ranks high as one of Peru’s most stunning natural landscapes. The terrain and the altitude are varied dramatically, and chains of mountains still act as guardians of the people in the valley. The most striking features are the countless terraces which serve as evidence of ancient human technology and first development of agriculture in the Andes.

Alpaca and vicuña goods

This fine fiber is famous around the World because it’s warm and light characteristics. Mostly used for sweaters, scarves, gloves and coats you can find it in specialized markets and shops around the Plaza.

Colca Canyon surrounded by Andean peaks

This natural wonder is often compared to the Grand Canyon, but is more than twice as deep, but its incline is less abrupt, the areas beauty derives from terraced agricultural fields, which were built in pre-Columbian times and are still in use by local communities. Many of the trails around give you access to spectacular views.

Mingling with local people

All these Andean towns still maintain ancient traditions passed down from their ancestors for thousands of years, so you will get the chance to appreciate these traditions today.

Mirador Cruz del Condor

The epic climax of a Colca Canyon tour, Mirador Cruz del Condor encapsulates the magic of the high Andes. Departing from Arequipa or from Chivay, you’ll arrive to a viewpoint platform located at more or less 10,000 feet above sea level. In front of you, robust mountains rise to sky-scraping heights. Below you, the valley floor drops down to vertigo-inducing depths. One of the highlights is the condors with 8-foot wing spans drift gracefully through the chilly air, drawing gasps from astonished onlookers.

Chivay

Is the main hub of the Colca Valley and rests on the banks of the Colca River at (11,925 feet) above sea level. The town acts as the midpoint between valley’s lowest and highest elevations and as a watershed in the region’s ecological and environmental economy. Agriculture flourishes below this elevation, while livestock dominate the upper highland economies.

What to do?

The flight of the condor

To see the Condors soar over the Colca Canyon, head to Mirador Cruz del Condor, a specially built observation platform located approximately 10,000 feet above sea level. The Condor was considered as a Deity in the ancient times, which is why this majestic bird is really important to the Ecosystem in the Highlands.

Take a dip in the Hot Springs

Volcanic activity deep beneath the earth’s surface come into contact with water table of the Colca basin and results in the region’s high number of natural hot springs and geysers such as: La Calera proximity to Chivay, Pinchollo, Cabanaconde and Tapay.

Chivay

Is the cultural hub of the Colca Valley and rests on the banks of the Colca River at 11,925 feet above sea level. The town serves as the midpoint between valley’s highest and lowland elevations and as a watershed in the area’s environmental and ecological economy. Agriculture thrives below this elevation, while livestock and ranching predominate in the upper highland economies.

La Calera Hot Springs

Whether you’re spending the night in Chivay or have just finished a trek, consider a relaxing soak at La Calera Hot Springs. This is one of the many geysers and hot springs throughout the Valley, which are the result of underground volcanic activity that collides with the water table of the Colca basin. La Calera is just 3.5 kilometers from Chivay.

Travel tips

  • Colca Canyon is arid for most of the year, and is a top destination for trekking, whitewater rafting, mountain biking and more!
  • Rainy season lasts from December to March, when the rainy season finishes this is the best months to visit el Cañon del Colca for condor spotting.

Arequipa Anniversary:

  • Every August, Arequipa celebrates its foundation. This festival includes traditional activities such as: Bull-fighting (a Spanish tradition), hiking up the Misti volcano and the spectacular Arequipa festival (music and dance).

Andean treks

  • This special area has a high potential in adventure tourism, countless hiking routes around 40 km.

Local community excursions

  • There are about a dozen villages in the Colca Canyon all dating to the 16th century and boasting elegantly decorated churches and different programs.

Trip Extensions

  • One of the most popular Peru travel routes is Lima to Arequipa/Colca Canyon to Puno/Lake Titicaca to Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Travelers who don’t have time to detour to Lake Titicaca often return from Colca to Arequipa and catch a flight to Cusco.