At about 170 km north of the city of Arequipa and crossing a mountain pass at 4900 m altitude, you can find the Colca Valley. In this valley, the erosion from the Colca River creates a canyon of about 70 km (43.5 miles) length, the Colca Canyon or Cañon de Colca in Spanish.
Measured between different mountain tops, the depth of this canyon is more than 3000 meters (9,842 feet), making it one of the deepest of the world!
The nature and sceneries in the Colca Canyon are amazing and it is one of the few spots in the world where you can see majestic condors from close by!
The Colca Canyon also offers a vibrant indigenous culture, high-quality handicrafts and a range of activities from adventure sports to mystical tourism and tourist home-stays. The valley also features an incredible amount of Inca and pre-Inca agricultural terraces and the irrigation systems necessary to operate them.
Below you will find a few tour options for visiting the beautiful Colca Canyon and also the impressive Cotahuasi Canyon.
Because you will spend at least 2 days at an high altitude between 3400 and 4900 m, we recommend you to check the following information: About Altitude Sickness