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Colca Canyon, Arequipa

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Full of cultural and geographic diversity, the 100 km (62 mi) Colca Canyon offers something to captivate any visitor. Home to the Cabanas and the Collagua, two communities continuing to live largely traditional lives, the world's second deepest canyon boasts fascinating ruins and cultural wonders to accompany its natural beauty. Don't miss the Mollepunko caves, adorned with 6,000-year-old rock art, and the La Calera natural hot springs. Keep an eye out for exotic birds, such as the Chilean flamingo and rare Andean condor. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Colca Canyon by using our Arequipa vacation route planner.
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  • It's amazing to see how they plan these birds freely, without a doubt, it is an experience that can be seen only here in my Peru (and), it is true that you must be lucky, but if you go early you can bask in this fascinating spectacle, the entrance to national is worth S/.20 (student s/.5), latinos S/.40 and foreign S /. 70, but worth it!
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  • My boyfriend and I decided to do a tour throughout Peru, and one of the options was to hike the Colca Canyon... WOW. I can honestly say it was one of the hardest and most challenging hikes I have ever...  more »
  • If you have a lot of days in peru you have to see colca canyon. If you're lucky you'll get to see the condors flying around. It get hots so wear sunscreen. Support the local women and buy something fr...  more »

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Where to stay in Arequipa

Most accommodations in Arequipa cluster on the east side of the Chili River. The historical center offers the best selection of options, with plenty of budget hostels and mid-range hotels scattered throughout its streets. For something quieter, look north to the neighborhoods of Zemanat and San Jacinto. If you're looking for a suburban experience, stay in the western neighborhood of Yanahuara.
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