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Colca Canyon


It is located north of the city of Arequipa, at 180 Km (111.8 miles) and 42 Km / 26 miles west of the town of Chivay (1 hour by car), the departure point in Colca Valley.


In Colca area there are hotels, from economic rates located in the towns, luxury hotels and lodges are located in the countryside. The minimum recommended to visit is 2 days, combined with Colca Valley.


The Colca Canyon is one of the deepest places on the planet, reaching a depth of 3,400 meters (11,155 feet) at the lowest point in the location of Canco. On the right side, it is flanked by the Chila Cordillera (Bomboya, Serpregrina, Mismi, Queshihua) and on the other by Mount Hualca Hualca, Sabancaya, and Ampato. You can see Mount Ubinas and beautiful Mount Coropuna in the distance.


Over this area, 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.


This area possesses a great diversity of flora and fauna. Among the most representative species are the condor, the kestrel, the peregrine falcon, and the Andean tinamou.


Between December and March, the waters of the Colca River offer for the lovers of river running (white-water rafting), 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 adrenaline for trekking, mountain biking or clambering up Andean peaks.


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.


To visit this area, you can go by car from Arequipa with a tourist guide; the visit will pass through the National Reserve Salinas and Aguada Blanca and the Pampa Cañahuas.


The Colca Canyon is a great scenario to birdwatching for Andean species, specially the Condor


It is advised to make your visit to this area not shorter then two days. You can find lodgings and hotels in this area. Daily tours from Arequipa and Puno.


 Hotels & Lodges in Colca Valley

Bus Bus Service Colca Valley / Puno Lake Titicaca




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