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Views 20 Ago Colca Canyon: an unforgettable excursion!
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One of Peru’s most visited natural attractions is located 160 kilometers northwest of Arequipa. The Colca Canyon is the world’s deepest canyon, remarkably, over twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the United States!

The Colca River runs through the length of the Canyon, starting high up in the Andean mountain range, continuing along the rolling plains and eventually reaching the Pacific Ocean. Perhaps the most common reason for visitors to venture out to this unique natural habitat is to catch a glimpse of the endangered Andean Condor. These magnificent animals can be viewed best from the Cruz Del Condor lookout point; the birds are the largest in the world boasting an incredible wingspan of up to 3.2 meters, the length of an average sedan car!

Colca Canyon: an unforgettable excursion!

All Colca Canyon excursions depart from the beautiful white city of Peru, named Arequipa. At the dawn of day groups of eager visitors board a bus and drive for about 6 hours, stopping along the way for lunch and plenty of photo opportunities of pre-Inca terracing and some really impressive gorges. There are a number of choices to spend the afternoon, such as a moderate hike to a splendid viewpoint above the Canyon, a relaxing soak in the La Calera hot springs or enjoy an Arequipeña cerveza and dinner in the picturesque town of Chivay where friendly locals still live in their traditional dress.

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