It is located north of the city of Arequipa, at 180 km (111.8 miles) from it.
Over this valley, the erosion from the
Colca River creates a canyon of about 70 km. (43.5 miles) length, being the
deepest of the world, 3000 meters (9,842 feet). Very beautiful landscapes with
strong wind, over flight by condors which are the biggest birds in the world.
In the mirador "Cruz del Condor" located among
Maca and Cabanaconde's town (place of privileged view), is very common to see
condors in majestic flight.
Between December and March, the waters of the Colca River offer for the
lovers of canoeing, one of the best places in the world for the practice of this
sport. It includes rapids of high speed (gradient + V), and great isolation in
certain tracks. The upper part (Andagua) and the middle of it can be navigated
in kayaks by sportsmen with much experience. This is an area of pure
This area was traveled and explored for the first time in 1979 by an
expedition of students of the University of Cracovia (Poland), who baptized the
route with the names of Canyon of Juan Pablo II, Canyon of the Poles and Reparaz
Canyon in honor to its discoverer Gonzalo de Reparaz Ruiz.
The lower part of Majes river can be navigated in rubber rafts, it does
not have long rapids but the beauty of its landscape and clarity of its waters
will give you an unforgettable experience, and it will also provide strong
emotions and high doses of adrenaline. This area can also be navigated from
April to November.
In the side banks of the river you may find lodgings specially conditioned
for the sportsmen and adventurous, providing all the equipment you will require,
and experienced guides.
In 1983, National Geographic magazine sponsored the
"Canoandes" expedition with the purpose of
verifying the data provided by its discoverer Gonzalo de Reparaz, and to obtain
more geographical information. In 1984 the "Guiness Book of
Records" declared it as the deepest canyon in the world.