The Colca Canyon is a canyon of the Colca River in southern Peru, located about 160 kilometres (99 mi) northwest of Arequipa. With a depth of about 1000 – 2000 m (3300 – 6600 ft) (whereas bottom is at cca 2000 m and edges are at 3000 – 4000 metres above the sea level), it is one of the deepest canyons in the world. Its length is about 70 kilometres (43 mi).
The Colca Valley is a colorful Andean valley with pre-Inca rooted inhabitants, and towns founded in Spanish colonial times, still inhabited by people of the Collagua and the Cabana cultures. The local people maintain their ancestral traditions and continue to cultivate the pre-Inca stepped terraces, called andenes. It is Peru’s third most-visited tourist destination with about 120,000 visitors annually.
- Marvel at the condors that can be seen at close range as they fly past the canyon walls, and are a popular attraction.
- Trek in the canyon, and find the La Calera natural hot springs that are located at Chivay, the biggest town in the Colca Canyon.
2 – 4 Days: Take a bus tour through the Canyon or trek to the town of Chivay and through the Canyon in 4 days.