The Colca Canyon is located on the southern Peru in the Andes mountain range exist the second deepest canyon in the world, It is more than twice as deep as the Apurimac Canyon( Peru) and the Grand Canyon in the United States, the canyons walls are not as vertical as those of the Grand Canyon. The Colca River birth in the Andes between Condoroma and Crucero Alto (above 4500-5000m), drops the water down to Pacific Ocean, this river have 4 names as Colca River, Andamayo River, Majes River and finally Camana River. The Colca Canyon register hard rain during December to April and the rest of the year is dry, sunny and cold weather…
The deepest part of the Colca Canion is register between AmpatoMountain (6310m) and Coropuna snow-capped (6377m), on the left bank of the canyon exist a small town named Huambo and straight down of this town is located Cancco Valley (1720m) which is the greatest deep point that reaches a depth of 4590 meters…
The name Colca refers to small holes in the cliffs in the valley and canyon. These holes were used in Inca and pre-Inca times to store food, such as potatoes and other Andean crops. They were also used as tombs for important people… The geography of the Colca Canyon are habitable, and Inca and pre-Inca terraces are still cultivated along the less precipitous canyon walls; they build stepped terraces to cultivate the ancestral potatoes, maize and other products of this region. The Colca Valley is a wonderful and colorful Andean valley with many small and remotes towns on the both side of the Canyon founded by Spanish conquers
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One of our guides of the agency will collect you from the hotel between 2:30 a.m. to 3:00 a.m., and then we head to the direction of the Colca Canyon. The first stop is the village of Chivay control so they can pay the Tourist Ticket, then we’ll have breakfast to go in the direction of the Cruz del Condor, where we will witness the majestic flight of the Condors, here we will hike to appreciate the depth of this beautiful canyon which is considered one of the deepest canyons the planet, the time it remains in the Mirador de la Cruz de Condor with their respective walk is 1 hour and 45 minutes return lookout stop by to see the gaps Antahuilque mysterious and terraces or agricultural terraces over thousand years, then stop at the viewpoint Choquetico to see the hanging tombs and Lito model, during the visit we can also appreciate the picturesque villages of this valley with people wearing their costumes..
We continue to the town of Chivay to go to the Calera (hot springs) for a 1 hour total relaxing in the hot waters, then return to Chivay have lunch, and return to the city of Arequipa. On the way to the city we stop at the highest point of Patapampa (4910 m) for a view of the volcanoes and the snowy Andes, then stop at Tocra arem Pampa where we can see families who are dedicated to raising llamas and alpacas. Another stop is the National Reserve Salinas and Aguada Blanca where we see wild vicuñas wild (camelids in the llama family). After this visit we return to the city of Arequipa where we will arrive at approximately 5:30 pm.
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