Colourful Peru

11 September, 2023

Travel to Peru is a journey through diverse landscapes, rich cultural heritage and a celebration of the ancient civilizations. But what sets this South American nation apart from the rest of the world is the Colca Canyon. This magnificent natural wonder is located in the Arequipa region, near the Pacific coast and is considered one of the deepest canyons in the world.

1. Planning Your Trip to Colca Canyon

Located just a short distance from Arequipa, the Colca Canyon is easily accessible as part of any Peru vacations. Whether you are an experienced hiker or a nature lover, the Colca Canyon offers a variety of trails, views and experiences to suit every traveler. To make the most of your trip, it is recommended to plan in advance and book your tours and accommodation early.

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2. The Best Time to Visit Colca Canyon

Colca Canyon

The Colca Canyon can be visited throughout the year, but the best time to go is from April to October when the weather is dry and sunny. The rainy season is from November to March, making the trails slippery and difficult to navigate. However, if you prefer to see the lush greenery of the region, this may be the time for you to visit.

3. Getting to Colca Canyon

There are several ways to reach the Colca Canyon, but the most popular option is to fly into the nearest airport in Arequipa and take a bus or tour to the canyon. Another option is to take a scenic drive from Puno, where you can stop along the way to visit the famous Sillustani tombs.

4. What to Expect During Your Hike

Colca Valley

Photo: Renzo Tasso / PROMPERÚ

The Colca Canyon offers a range of trekking options, from easy day hikes to multi-day expeditions. The most popular trail is the two-day trek, which covers a distance of approximately 20 km and takes you through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the region. The trail starts at the canyon rim and winds its way down to the bottom of the canyon, where you will find a picturesque village and a stunning hot springs.

During your hike, you will be surrounded by stunning views of the canyon, towering cliffs and an array of flora and fauna. You will also have the opportunity to spot the famous Andean Condor, which is one of the largest birds of prey in the world and can be seen soaring above the canyon.

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5. Where to Stay

There are several accommodation options in the Colca Canyon, ranging from basic camping sites to luxury lodges. For those looking for a more authentic experience, it is recommended to stay in one of the traditional villages located at the bottom of the canyon. These villages offer simple accommodation, delicious local cuisine and the opportunity to interact with the friendly locals.

The Colca Canyon is a must-do during your Peru vacations, offering a unique combination of natural beauty and cultural heritage. Whether you are an experienced hiker or simply a nature lover, this magnificent canyon is sure to leave a lasting impression on you. So pack your bags, book your tour and get ready to explore the heart of Peru.

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