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Colca Valley Landscapes

 

The road crosses a high point of 4,350 meters before dropping down to the valley, an area of breath-taking landscapes surrounded by terracing and snow-capped peaks. Far below, at a depth of 3,400 meters, the Colca River winds along the bottom of the canyon, one of the world's deepest. The valley features archaeological remains left behind by the Collagua, the ancient inhabitants of the area. These include cave paintings and grain storerooms known as colcas. There are 14 towns based on both river banks, towns which were founded in the sixteenth century to settle the Collagua natives who were scattered around the area. Despite the ravages of time, the towns have preserved their original characteristics, such as the outline of their streets, their richly-decorated colonial churches and traditional festivals. (PromPeru)

COLCA VALLEY
COLCA VALLEY
COLCA VALLEY
COLCA VALLEY
COLCA VALLEY
COLCA VALLEY
COLCA VALLEY
COLCA VALLEY
COLCA VALLEY
COLCA VALLEY
COLCA VALLEY
COLCA VALLEY
COLCA VALLEY
COLCA VALLEY
COLCA VALLEY
COLCA VALLEY
COLCA VALLEY
COLCA VALLEY

Photos © J. Mazzotti

Our gratitude to Colca Lodge that allowed us to obtain these photos

Colca Lodge



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