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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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  • Yes this is a pretty cool place to check out if you happen to be passing by.... they have the Concords here also, cool place. 
  • I had no experience, and it was a tough walk, but I throughly enjoyed it. The views are wonderful and it is a truly unique experience. Went for 3 days and 2 nights, with a stay with a local family and...  more »
  • Beautiful scenery, is a compulsory visit to the colca Canyon. Personally took with my spouse the tour of an only day and the stay in the canon is only by an hour and already almost to the leave the site was that could see far a condor Andean. Would recommend find out that company or that type of tour hard more in the canon (a day or two days). The tours make stops which I believe are not as important or necessary and take time to stay in the Canyon.
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  • Really beautiful place, the osasis amazing, in yauar theres awesome hot springs, the water expensive inside the canyon
  • A tough but rewarding trek. Signage and maps could be improved, but there are other trekkers and locals around to ask. I recommend starting early because once the sun is overhead shade is hard to find. Very beautiful landscapes!
  • Amazing region in Peru! If you are seeking for aventure, this is THE place to go to (Colca Canyon's Trek, Mismi Trek, bycicling...)
  • The way down was a bit long and steep, but the view is amazing and the path on the other side of the canyon was easier and more enjoyable. Apparently, you can rent a donkey to bring you back up... But you should feel ashamed.
  • This is such an incredible place! We were so lucky and saw about 25 condors, though I don't know if that happens every day. Even without the birds, the canyon is hugely impressive.