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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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  • Recommended 100% do for free. The roads are clear enough and is unlikely to get lost (when in doubt, the locals you inform without problem). We did a three-day route. Day 1: Start prontito from Cabanaconde (6 am is a good time to exit). Most tours do the "classic" way to San Juan de Choucho but if you want to go quiet and avoid overcrowding and groups of tourists takes the opposite direction, towards Llahuar. They are about 3-4 down and beautiful paisajesb h (as in all the canon). You can stay in Llahuar overnight, but if you have a good rhythm and you like to walk, you've come on cas 10-11 am i all day you left front so you can go to the next village, Llatica. Get ready for a good rise accompanied by the Huaruro river but when you arrive there will be worth much, 1'5 - 2 h of nothing. Llatica believe that there is only a bed and when we arrived at noon, the owner would not be until the afternoon. One local made us eat for a reasonable price and we decided to go to the next village, Fure. Road is a little more wild but it is quite clear and there is no loss, should go down to the River, cross the bridge and continue 2-3 h of ascent to the abandoned village of Fure. IN FURE THERE IS ACCOMMODATION. A young couple is building a few booths to accommodate tourists and other people may not be aware yet and say that there is, but you can sleep and eat very little and with some incredible views of this part of the Canyon. We arrived about 2 pm so you can rest and long or if you still have force forward the impressive and essential waterfall of Huaruro day 2: we leave it for the second day as well raise us soon and after 1'5 - 2 h, just when the light begins to illuminate it, arrived at the waterfall of Huaruro. Take the road should go down to the bottom of Fure, crossing the River (skipping stones or getting your feet) and start accompanied by their vertigo cliffs road. Again in Fure, the charming girl of the accommodation made us a rich and original breakfast by 10PEN and started the road to Malata. To rise from Llatica to Fure is passed a point where the road splits in two. Fure to the left, is taken to Malata come back to that point and footage that yesterday was right. The road is in opposite to the day before of the Huaruro river but has no waste. In a couple of hours we spent beside Paclla, a town that is you on the right just when the road turns to a track. This section is more monotonous and perhaps not like both but to Malata there is another. They are 2 hours and in Malata is you can eat and sleep. We prefer the Colca River to San Juan de Choucho-down (you will see that here sentences you cruzaréis you tourists, from here the exclusivity of the route is finished). The other option is to download from Malata to Oasis and give you a swim in the pools, but notice that the ascent from oasis to Cabanaconde is much more inclined since San Juan (which is which I did and have their own). Also from Malata can go to Tapay, that I was not but is good hand that is beautiful but you'll upload path. From Malata to San Juan is an hour and a half and there is many choices of sleep and eat, quite tourist everything. We remain on the outskirts of the town, continuing the road about 15minutes to the Colca River, in a lodge named Roy. According to the face that you see you will offer rooms for a price or another, we pay for a double with shared bath 5 soles. Very good food, for 10-15 soles. Day 3: the good news ended. About 20-30mins of the village, cross the bridge and start zig-zag ascent of death. I seem to remember that it is more than 1000 m of altitude. When you finish the zig-zag, still rising but is not so inclined up to track and you will see, straight and flat, Cabanaconde. Upload you will hear all kinds of times, we took 2'5 h without barely stopping to drink. But normal and what locals say are 3-4 h, taking it in stride. 8 we were having breakfast in the square and about 9:30 leave a return bus to Arequipa. If you arrive later you have at 10 and 11. I hope you find it helpful and that you have told it in the most understandable way. Don't you eat I much head with maps, knowing the names of peoples or one tourist with pictures you can do it perfectly. Google Maps is divine (no data) and you will see appearing even though they are ways of goats, the route that I have told all in white path.
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  • We took a day trip to the Colca Canyon while in Arequipa. It was a nice day and we were able to see the condors gliding over the canyon edges. I wouldn't say it's a must do, but nice to see.  more »
  • After several hours in a collectivos, we come to the colca canyon. The landscape is green, clouds fill the canyon and of course, we hope to see condors! The nature is magnificent, and the changing landscapes!
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