Colca Canyon

Colca Canyon, which is located just 100 miles (160 km) northwest of Arequipa, is one of the deepest canyons in the world, twice as deep as the Grand Canyon.

The Colca Canyon is culturally rich, with many Andean communities calling the canyon home. Most of these local people still live traditionally in the valley and continue to cultivate the pre-Inca agricultural terraces. The largest town in the canyon is named Chivay, and this is a great place to relax while taking a dip in the La Calera hot springs.

The Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus) lives in the canyon, and can be seen in majestic flight from the lookout “Cruz del Condor,” best visited in the early morning and late afternoon.