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The Colca Canyon is one of Peru’s—no, one of South America’s…hang-on…one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders. It’s the kind of otherworldly landscape that inspires our inner Lara Croft’s and Indiana Jones’ to spring into life, making us all at once the kind of adventure traveller we’ve always dreamed we would be. And at over 4,100 metres deep, it is one of the planet’s deepest canyons, and an archaeological treasure given that science has found ancient cave art and evidence of habitation from over 6,000 years ago.
In short: Peru is the gift that keeps on giving, and a Colca Canyon hike must be at the top of your list!
Twice as deep as the Grand Canyon and in the opinions of many travellers, twice as beautiful as well, Colca Canyon is home to the biggest flying bird on earth—the Andean Condor, as well as Vicuñas (an animal similar to an alpaca and a llama), and the giant hummingbird. Travelers who love hiking, bird watching, and the great outdoors shouldn’t leave Peru without taking visiting Colca Canyon, where they’ll get to experience jagged mountains that trail deep into the gorge, golden sunsets that bring a magical ambience come nightfall, and indigenous, Peruvian culture that is still strong—and present—to this very day.
Valencia Travel Cusco offers travellers one of the best tours on the continent, with its 2-day, 1-night Colca Canyon & Andean Culture trip. This cultural adventure will take you through the traditional village of Pinchollo, a charming colonial city backdropped by a snow-capped volcano, known as Arequipa (Peru’s second-largest city, also known as the White City), the humble, cute town of Chivay, and of course, Colca Canyon itself (complete with the best viewpoints on offer)!
For those with a little extra time, there’s also a 3-day version of the Colca Canyon & Andean Culture tour, which includes a journey to Coporaque, where you will have the opportunity to experience the traditional way of life while taking in wonderful views of its green terraces and rolling hills. As far as villages go, Coporaque is one of the most isolated and is a must-see eco-tourism experience, that will show you that we don’t need all of the world’s possessions to survive, thrive, and most important of all—be happy.