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Colca Canyon, Arequipa

Categories: Canyons, Nature & Parks
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4.5/5 based on 3,800+ reviews on the web
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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  • This hike had been hyped up by several of my friends. In short, I hated it. The bad: Waking up at 3am only to be picked up at your hostel at 4:15am. That's over 1hr of precious sleep lost! The drives ...  read more »
  • Yes, deep canyon, but there are many in the world a lot prettier, and Peru itself is a lot prettier places
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  • Due to circumstances we only visited for 1 day. Would highly recommend a hike down (2 or 3days). Condors were amazing although very touristy. Doing a hike will avoid about 90% of the tourists I think ...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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...)
  • We were lucky and saw 15 condors and they were showing off. Amazing
  • A fair distance on the bus from Arequipa, but well worth it! Stunning scenery and to see Condors so close and in the wild is a real treat. Amazing!
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