Colca Canyon is the canyon of the Colca River in southern Peru. It is situated about 100 miles (160 kilometers) northwest of Arequipa. Colca Canyon is one of the deepest canyons in the world at 10,725 ft (3,269 m), it is more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the United States. However, the canyon’s walls are not as vertical as the ones of the Grand Canyon.
The Cotahuasi Canyon nearby to the northwest is wrongly referred to as being a deeper canyon at 11,488 ft (3,501 m); but it does not truly satisfy specifications to be a canyon. Since they are such major features of the landscape, the Colca and Cotahuasi canyons are both easily recognizable in even low-resolution satellite photos of the region.
The Colca Valley is a colorful andean valley with towns founded in Spanish Colonial times and formerly inhabited by the Collaguas and the Cabanas. The local people still maintain ancestral traditions and continue to cultivate the pre-Inca stepped terraces.
We start our Colca tour Colca 2 days 1 night from Arequipa at 8:00 am.; we pick you up from your hotel with our private transport. After 2 hours driving we cross by the National Reservation of Vicuñas (Salinas and Aguada Blanca). Then we stop at Patahuasi, where we can appreciate the Misti Volcano. Here we have to drink a “Coca Tea” (Mate de coca) to avoid altitude sickness, in this stop there is a market of local handicrafts, then we continue in our minibus. We arrive at 4,900 mts., of altitude, and from there we can appreciate the view of all the volcanoes of the area, like Misti, Chachani, and Ampato (the mountain where Mummy Juanita was found), and also we can see mountains like Sabancaya, Halka Halka, Chucura and more. We continue in our transport and we arrive to Chivay at 13.30 (the capital of Colca/Caylloma region). Here we have lunch in a traditional restaurant, then we have 30 minutes free time in town after that we visit the Calera Hot Springs, very hot and clean swimming pools, then we go to our hotel in Chivay.
We have breakfast at 6:00 am., we take the way to the Cruz Del Condor with our transport; this will take us about 2 hours driving. During the way we stop to take pictures of the villages of the other side of the canyon, like Coporaque, Ichupampa and Lari, finally we arrive to Cruz del Condor view point. From here we can appreciate the Colca canyon and the impressive condors fly, after this we return to Chivay to have lunch, visiting interesting villages like Pinchollo, Maca and other places. After having lunch in Chivay, we return to Arequipa arriving at 17:00 hours.