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Canon del Colca (Colca Canyon)

Located about 100 miles northwest of Arequipa, Colca Canyon is a canyon of the Colca River. Its main claim to fame is being touted as the “world’s deepest canyon,” with a depth of 13,650 feet. Colca Canyon can be explored in many ways, like hiking, biking, kayaking, horseback riding and rafting. Not only is this vibrant Andean valley great for adventure-enthusiasts, it also offers pre-Incan history and is still home to Collagua and the Cabana cultures, who still retain their heritage from 800 BC. Visitors can find archeological sites such as the caves of Mollepunko above Callalli, where 6,000-year-old rock art shows the domestication of the alpaca. There are also ruins of pre-Hispanic settlements throughout the valley, as well as Chimpa, a pre-Inca fortress where you can see hanging tombs. Adventure, heritage and the ability to easily spot Andean condors make this Peru’s third most popular tourist attraction.

To reach Colca Canyon from Arequipa, catch a bus to Chivay or Cabanaconde on either end of the canyon. Chivay is the more popular choice, as it is home to relaxing hot springs. From here, you can easily access the canyon.

Tours & Tickets

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Colca Valley Overnight Tour from Arequipa: Colca Canyon, Vicuna Reserve and Condors

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When you’re in Arequipa, you can’t miss a trip to Colca Canyon (Cañon del Colca), a stunning natural wonder that’s twice as deep as the USA’s Grand ...  Read more

Location: Arequipa, Peru
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $225.99

2-Day Group Tour to Colca Canyon from Arequipa to Puno

Travel from Arequipa to Yanque and enjoy amazing views along the way. Overnight at a comfortable and cozy hotel in Yanque surrounded by the natural beauty of ...  Read more

Location: Arequipa, Peru
Duration: Flexible

From USD $239.00

Private 2-Day Colca Canyon Tour from Arequipa to Puno

Take a private 2-Day tour of the Colca Canyon and stay the night at a luxury lodge. Travel from Arequipa to Yanque by private van on a 4-hour scenic journey ...  Read more

Location: Arequipa, Peru
Duration: Flexible

From USD $747.00

10-Day Tour from Lima: Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and Colca Canyon

Explore all the highlights of Peru on a 10-day tour. Visit Cusco, the Sacred Valley, the salt terraces of Maras and the circular terraces of Moray. Step back ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 10 days (approx.)

From USD $1,619.00

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