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The Colca Canyon Travel Guide


The vast Colca Canyon is the second deepest canyon in the world and more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the United States. More impressive, however, than its considerable size is the variety of landscapes, scenery and culture it is home to. Replete with history, you will often see the local people wearing the decorative clothing traditional to the area. Most hotels are located in and around the main town of Chivay which is located at about 3650 metres. With it’s steep Andean roads, condors swirling above and trademark terraced hillsides, the Colca Canyon is a truly spectacular corner of Peru.

Travelling along the high altitude mountain passes of the deep and ancient Colca Canyon, through indigenous villages, with the Andean condors above, makes for an epic and memorable journey!

Best months to visit The Colca Canyon

Our hand-picked hotels in The Colca Canyon

A well thought out selection of hotels can make a good trip truly exceptional and here at The Latin America Travel Company we put a lot of resources into sourcing and visiting hotels. Below are a few of our favourites in The Colca Canyon.

Best reasons to visit The Colca Canyon

The Colca Canyon is a highlight of any trip to Peru. Below are our best reasons to visit.

Spot vicuñas and guanacos Aguada Blanca National Reserve

Dizzying heights and endless views at the Mirador de los Andes

See the emblematic condors at Cruz del Condor

Towering volcanoes of Hualca Hualca, Ampato and Sabancaya

Ancient agricultural terraces at Chivay

Weather Averages for The Colca Canyon

Other destinations in Peru

From the iconic Machu Picchu to the hidden treasures of the north, discover more of Peru’s captivating destinations with the links below.

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