Colca Canyon Peru

Colca Canyon

Colca Canyon is a canyon of the Colca River in southern Peru. It is located about 100 miles (160 kilometers) northwest of Arequipa. It is more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the United States 4,160 m.

However, the canyon's walls are not as vertical as those of the Grand Canyon. Since they are such major features of the andscape.

The Colca Valley is a colorful Andean valley with towns founded in Spanish Colonial times and formerly inhabited by the Collaguas and the Cabanas. The local people still maintain ancestral traditions and continue to cultivate the pre-Inca stepped terraces.

Just 3 hours from the capital Arequipa, is the Colca River valley and Colca Canyon, one of the most extraordinary destinations in the country.

Throughout the region, you can see colorful pre-Incan agricultural terraces still used today for growing quinoa, corn, barley, and wheat. During the pre-Hispanic era, the department was inhabited by the Collaguas and the Cabanas; today, the inhabitants have learned to conserve their Colonial churches in Yanque, Lari, and Madrigal, and they continue to wear their traditional clothing.


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Colca Canyon is home to animals such as the Andean condor among other 100 species of birds, four types of camelids: vicuna, guanaco, llama and alpaca. In addition there are over 300 species of plants, of which 30 are cactus, not to mention the original green yareta.

One of the most valuable events of the visit to the canyon is the dawn near the cliff where you can see, at dawn, flying about 20 condors.

The Colca Valley is ideal for recreational and artistic activities like painting, photography, poetry, among others, just as it is ripe for adventure sports like trekking, rafting, climbing, cycling, etc.

The highest point of the Valley is the dormant volcano Ampato (6388 meters) and the lowest at the confluence of the Colca and Andamayo (970 m).

Colca Canyon location

Department: Arequipa

Location: The Colca Canyon is located in the northeastern region of Arequipa, in the province of Caylloma, 165 kilometers from the city of Arequipa and Chivay 40 km from main town and capital of the province of Caylloma.

How to get to Colca: You must hire a Colca tour from the city of Arequipa, or take a city bus to Chivay (160 km) from the bus terminal in Arequipa.

Routes of access: The Colca Valley can be reached from the city of Arequipa, to the capital of Valle, Chivay, passing 160 km. paved road travel approximately 3 hours.

Weather in the Colca Valley: From December to March rainy all year sunny during the day and cold at night, average temperature 10 ยบ C.

Attractions Colca Canyon

The canyon is home to the Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus), a species that has seen world-wide effort to preserve it. The condors can be seen at fairly close range as they fly through the canyon walls and are an increasingly popular attraction. 'Cruz del Condor' is a popular tourist stop to view the condors, the pass where condors soar gracefully on the rising thermals occurring as the air warms. The condors are best seen in the early morning and late afternoon when they are hunting. At this point the canyon floor is 3,960 ft (1,200 m) below the rim of the canyon.

The La Calera natural hot springs are located at Chivay, the biggest town in the Colca Canyon.

You can enjoy a 2 day tour, seeing the nice flight of the Condors and enjoying the great Hot Springs and the local culture.

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