a condor flying

Explore the deep Colca Canyon near Arequipa

Jean Pierre Contasti
Jean Pierre Contasti

About 160 kilometers (100 miles) northwest of Arequipa, in southern Peru, the Andes are home to the second-deepest gorge in the world, the Colca Canyon, formed by a mixture of erosion and volcanic activity. Once thought by the Incas as the earthly form of the Milky Way, nowadays it’s the third most-visited landmark in the South American nation.

Excellent local and bilingual guides with knowledge of the landscape and wildlife
Colca Canyon | Photo by Patricia van den Berg Pixabay

Moreover, its unique geography is the setting of amazing landscapes home to endemic flora and fauna. Above them, all, the king of birds, the Andean condor, soars in the windy skies around the canyon, with its black wings casting shadows over the rocky cliffs, almost 4,160-meters-high on their northern façade. To help you enjoy this true marvel of nature, Peru Andes offers you a full-day experience in the canyon, picking you up from your lodging in Arequipa.

Marvel at the beautiful condors in their natural habitat and in-flight
Nearby Sabancaya volcano | Photo by Otto Katz Pixabay

Starting very early in the morning, you’ll get to the city of Chivay, from whence you’ll trek to the Cruz del Cóndor lookout, watching as the condors fly before heading to thermal springs in Yanque and having lunch before returning to Arequipa.

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Go deep, you’re up!

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