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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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  • This is a beautiful hike that is somewhat challenging but not impossible. We did the hike over 3 days but it is also possible to do it in 2. The first day is downhill so not very strenuous, day two is...  more »
  • We did it without Agency (cabanaconde, san Juan of chucho, llahuar, cabanaconde) and despite the low season, it is very common and almost a third of the course is on the track for cars (especially between san Juan and llahuar). The ascent to the waterfall on top of fure to seem to be worth it but must either have a tent or take a day full to make the round trip. Take plenty of water especially during the ascent. The Sun is strong and the mosquitoes are on the lookout!
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  • Wonderful place, the more exciting it is to expect to see the flight of the condors. You can also find handicrafts there.
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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.