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.

Next day is the big event! The morning drive to the Cruz Del Condor is definitely worth the early rise and shine as you are almost guaranteed to see these gigantic birds. By mid-morning they are out in full force, soaring on the thermal currents, as if to show off in front of the audience. They swop and dive only meters away from the heads of the enthusiastic photo clicking holidaymakers.

Colca Canyon: an unforgettable excursion!

Although the Peruvian Condors are a huge allure to tourists, the Canyon also attracts hikers, horse-riding fanatics, keen canoeists and rafting radicals throughout the year. The raging river below lends itself perfectly to daring water sports enthusiasts. As an additional excursion you can opt to visit other pretty villages and the beautiful oasis in the Sangate Valley. The Colca Canyon is a must on any South American itinerary!

Dos Manos Travel Agency runs a 3 and 2 day Colca Canyon tour from Arequipa. For a complete itinerary overview click here !

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  1. 1

    It is a dream of mine to visit this part of South America and see those magnificent birds in the Colca Canyon, can you recommend a tour agency?

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    South American Travel Blog 

    Hi Gillian!
    Dos Manos regulary organises this tour for our clients who book tours and itineraries through them! Contact us on and we can send you info and prices!

  3. 3

    Those condors are amazing! What an unforgettable experience — I’ve never heard of the Colca Canyon, but I’m going to start researching to find out more information about this area.

  4. 4

    It is such a nice article it brough back my memories of my visit 2 years ago, it was my dream to see all these places. I highly recommend others to spend their vacations in South America at least once. If you take the services of LAN Airlines it will make the journey even more memorable. Thanks.

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